"The Fitzpatrick Academy of Irish Dancing was founded by Kelly Fitzpatrick, TCRG (certified teacher under Irish Dancing governing body, An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, in Dublin, Ireland), in the Spring of 2010. After coming from a long line of Irish dancing relatives (including 1994 World Champion, Kerry Hutchinson), Kelly began dancing at the age of 3 and has trained under some of the best Irish Dancing teachers in the United States. As a two-time regional champion, she was not only fortunate enough to travel around the world to compete, but has maintained high rankings on a national and international level throughout her dancing career. She went on to win medals in both solo and ceili dancing at the highest level of competition, the All Ireland and World Championships.
Kelly has also had the privilege of performing at many prestigious events and stages. The foremost include performances at City Hall (for then-Mayor Giuliani), Ellis Island, the Joyce Theater (off Broadway), Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Carnegie Hall for the late Irish tenor, Frank Patterson, with Celtic fiddler and clogger, Natalie MacMaster, and for the world renowned Irish fiddler, Eileen Ivers (founding member of Cherish the Ladies and original fiddler for Riverdance, The Show.)
Along with her many accomplishments in Irish Dance, Kelly has a B.A. in Communications (with a minor in Business) from Adelphi University. In 2009, she graduated cum laude and is a member of the National Communication Society.
In a span of 8 years, the Fitzpatrick Academy has produced incredibly dedicated and talented dancers who are not only eligible to compete at a Regional, National, and International basis, but have already ranked highly at these levels. Although the school has a strict focus on competition, they also cater to non-competitive dancers who enjoy learning the basics and traditions of Irish dance.
Since the emergence of the Fitzpatrick Academy of Irish Dance, Kelly has been eager to share her immense knowledge and love for the craft of Irish Dance."
MEET THE DIRECTOR:
KELLY FITZPATRICK, TCRG