• 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

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 New York City 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 Center 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, in Pomfret Center.

Eireann McCormack, TCRG, holds a BA inpsychology 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 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". Last year, 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 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 happily married to her husband Ben Tabellione. Their beautiful daughter Finley Mae born last August, is the love of their lives.

Kaitlin Goslee has been a member of the Griffith Academy family for more than 25 years. 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 traveled to Greece, Italy, South Korea, Australia, and much of North America including all 50 U.S. states.  Kaitlin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Central Connecticut State University.  After three years working for WWLP TV-22News in Springfield, Massachusetts, Kaitlin is thrilled to be joining the team at Fox 61 Connecticut as a television news reporter.  Kaitlin is also currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Communications at Western New England University.

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 Colleg 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 more than 15 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 currently working as a math tutor at Martin Kellogg Middle School 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 toured with Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance from 2003- 2006 where she was a dancer and played the role of the Spirit. Erin received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Saint Joseph and a Masters Degree in Social Work from UCONN. She lives in Glastonbury with her husband John and daughters Olivia, 5, and Eva, who turns 3 next week.  

Mary Uricchio has been a member of the Griffith Academy for fifteen years. She has competed in numerous New England Regional competitions, is a five time National qualifier and is a National medal holder. Mary is a graduate from the University of Saint Joseph, Summa Cum Laude, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education with dual certification in Special Education K-12 and Elementary Education K-6. This past December, 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.