• Mary Beth Griffith
  • Dr. Colleen M. Griffith
  • Kathleen Faherty
  • Eireann McCormack
  • Megan Kiniry Symolon
  • Nora McHugh
  • Keara Sullivan
  • Kaitlin Goslee
  • Dr. Sheila Dupuis
  • Mairead O'Connor Jacoby
  • Jaime Drenzek Laferriere
  • Deirdre Shea
  • Erin Sullivan
  • Mary Uricchio
  • Kaitlin Smith Manoni
Mary Beth Griffith is a graduate of Holy Cross College and holds an MFA with Honors from Smith. She is a registered TCRG, eight-time first place New England Champion, World and National medalist and two-time winner of the Overseas Award at Worlds. She teaches a dance program of her own design in the NYC Public School System. She is on faculty at STEPS on Broadway. Mary Beth has danced with Foot and Fiddle Dance Co., Heritage Ballet, Chautauqua Dance and became a Radio City Rockette in 1996. She has performed in Will Roger’s Follies, Cabaret, Crazy For You, Brimstone and Sharon. She has choreographed and taught for the Alvin Ailey School, Dance Theater of Harlem, American Ballet Theater, working with Agnes DeMille,  Ballet de Trocadero, and Columbia University. Her choreography has also been featured in several Off-Broadway productions and regional theatres. She and her husband, Peter Benson, live in Manhattan and Wethersfield with their children, Luke and Fiona.
Dr. Colleen M. Griffith is a certified teacher and adjudicator with the Irish Dance Commission of Dublin, Ireland. She was the first American girl ever to place at the All-World Dance Championships in Ireland, winning 2nd place. She has taught on the dance faculties of numerous professional associations including Dance Caravan, PDTA, and Dance Educators of America. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Arts Educator Award presented by the National Endowment for Advancement in the Arts. Colleen holds her doctorate from Harvard University, and teaches theology at Boston College. She and her husband, Dr. Thomas Groome, are the proud parents of Theodore Thomas Griffith-Groome.
Kathleen Faherty has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Hartford, Association Montessori International (AMI) Certification from the Montessori Training Center of New England and a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Saint Joseph College. Presently, she is a Developmental Specialist for the Kennedy-Donovan Early Intervention program in Southbridge, MA. Miss Faherty is a two-time New England Champion of Irish Dance and a registered teacher of the Irish Dance Commission in Dublin, Ireland (TCRG). Kate resides with her husband, Chris, and newborn son, Eoin, in Pomfret Center.
Eireann McCormack, TCRG, holds a BA in psychology from UMASS, Amherst and is a previous first place New England Irish Dance Champion. She has performed extensively with “Riverdance” in numerous venues including Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, on “Dancing with the Stars”, on Broadway, and on the National Tour. Eireann has also danced with the Sailing Squad of the “The Pirate Queen,” The Trinity Irish Dance Company, and was a featured performer with the musical group “Cherish the Ladies”. She resides in New York City with her husband John.
Megan Kiniry Symolon began dancing at the Griffith Academy at age three. Placing 2nd at the Nationals at age five, she went on to win first place in seven consecutive New England Oireachtas Competitions. At thirteen, she won the Overseas Award for best non-European dancer at the All Worlds. Before returning to the Academy, she danced for two years on the dance team for a local Arena Football team. She has been a registered teacher of Irish Dance (TCRG) since 2006. Megan resides in Berlin with her husband Kevin, and three children, Kyle, Madison and Avery.
Nora McHugh has been a registered TCRG since 2005 and an adjudicator of Irish Dance (ADCRG) since 2013. She is a six- time New England Oireachtas Champion and was ranked among the top five dancers at the North American Championships several times. Nora is a former World Championships recall medalist as well as a former troupe member of Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance". In 2015, she was a chairperson for the North American Dance Championships in Providence, Rhode Island. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Connecticut, Nora also holds a MA in Teaching from Central Connecticut State University. She is an instructor of Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology at Hall High School in West Hartford. 
Keara Sullivan has been a member of the Griffith Academy family since she was two years of age. Representing the Academy, Keara was a two-time First Place North American Champion and a multiple First Place New England Regional Champion. Keara was honored to perform as a troupe member with Michael Flatley's US Tour, "Feet of Flames". She then was chosen to be the lead female dancer in "Lord of the Dance" which toured the US, Australia,and Europe. Keara continues to share her passion of dance as an instructor with the Academy while succeeding in her professional life as well. Keara achieved a Bachelors in Sociology and an Associates in Nursing and currently practices as a Registered Nurse at the Hospital of Central CT.  Keara currently resides in Cromwell, with her husband, Ben Tabellione, and their two beautiful children, Finley Mae, and son Charlie Thomas, born May 5th of this year.
Kaitlin (Goslee) Rocheleau has been a part of the Griffith Academy family since she began dancing at age four. In her dancing career, she spent 5-years as a company member of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the
Dance. While with the dance company, she performed in several countries and in much of North America including all 50 U.S. states. As a competitive dancer she was a three time New England Champion and
top ten National finisher.  Kaitlin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Central Connecticut State University and a Master’s degree in Communications from Western New England University. Kaitlin is currently a television news reporter/anchor at FOX61 News in Hartford.
Dr. Sheila Dupuis Green began studying dance at the Griffith Academy when she was eight years old. Once she heard the Irish music, she was hooked and never stopped dancing! Her love of teaching others started when she became a student teacher at the Griffith Academy a few years later. Miss Sheila competed at feisanna throughout her years as a student and was a world qualifier before retiring from competition. Today, she is a certified teacher (T.C.R.G) and adjudicator (A.D.C.R.G.) with the Irish Dance Commission in Ireland. She is the former director and founder of the Carrickethan School of Irish Dance, San Diego, CA where she trained solo and team dancers at regional, national and world levels. Miss Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Hartford and a masters and doctoral degree from The California School of Professional Psychology. In addition to teaching dance, Miss Sheila has a psychology practice in Glastonbury and is an adjunct faculty member at Middlesex Community College. She is also active in the local Irish community as a member of the Hartford Feis committee and the co-chair of the Glastonbury contingent in the Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Mairead O’Connor Jacoby began dancing with the Griffith Academy at the age of four and is thrilled to now be a part of the teaching staff. She was a nine time New England and US Champion, won the Overseas Award for best Non-European dancer, and a five time medalist at the All World’s, placing 6th in her last All World competition. She toured with the USO Shows in Germany, England, Egypt and Israel. She earned a BA with honors from Skidmore College and an MA with honors from Teacher’s College Columbia University. She is a Senior Representative and President’s Club Member with Pearson Education. Mairead resides in Glastonbury with her husband Seth and two children Brigitte and Ronan.
Jaime Drenzek Laferriere has been a part of the Griffith Academy for 17 years. She has been a two time 1st place champion in the Traditional Set 17 and over category at the New England Oireachtas. She is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with minors in Exercise Science, Sociology, and Dance. She also completed the Elementary Education Certification program at Central Connecticut State University in 2015. She is a 4th grade teacher at Anna Reynolds Elementary School in Newington and lives in Plantsville, CT with her husband Rick.
Deirdre Shea became a certified TCRG in the fall of 2010. She is a graduate of Fairfield University, with a BA in Psychology. Deirdre is a Milieu Counselor at the Wellspring Foundation's Residential Treatment Program for children in Northwestern, CT. She has been a part of the Griffith Academy for more than 20 years, during which she has represented New England for 8 years at the National Championships, as well as being a World Qualifier for 3 of those years. Deirdre has been a featured soloist on the national tours of Andy Cooney's "Forever Irish" and "An Irish Christmas". She continues to do additional work with the Darrah Carr Dance Company in NYC.

Erin Sullivan has danced at the Griffith Academy since the age of 3. She is a previous New England champion, national and world competitor.  Erin was a company dancer with Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance from 2003- 2006, she also played the lead role of the SPIRIT.  Erin toured all 50 states along with countries such as South America, Mexico, Italy, Cyprus and Greece. Erin received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Saint Joseph and a Masters Degree in Social Work from UCONN. She works at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich CT and lives in Glastonbury with her husband John and daughters Olivia, 6, and Eva, 4.

Mary Uricchio has been a member of the Griffith Academy for over fifteen years. She has competed in numerous New England Regional competitions, is a five time National qualifier and is a National medal holder. Mary graduated from the University of Saint Joseph in 2013, Summa Cum Laude, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education with dual certification in Special Education K-12 and Elementary Education K-6. In 2015, Mary graduated from the University of Saint Joseph with her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education.  Mary currently works at Ruth L. Chaffee Elementary School in Newington as a Special Education teacher.

Caitlin Smith Manoni returned this year to teach at Griffith after a brief hiatus to become a Nurse. Caitlin has been a part of the Griffith family for 29 years. She was a competitive Irish dancer placing first in New England and placing top 15 at the National level. Caitlin also competed in Ireland at the World Irish Dance Championships. Her love for dance extends into Tap, Jazz and Ballet. She is very happy to be back teaching and sharing the joy of dance with all her stu- dents. Caitlin's love for children and community has brought her into the field of Pediatric Nursing where she is keeping the next generation of dancers happy and healthy.