Excellence in Teaching Global Award

In July, our own Anne Murray MacRitchie, TCRG was selected as one of 23 recipients of the 2021 Excellence in Teaching, Global Award given by Irish Dancing Magazine. This award was created to honor extraordinary Irish dance teachers with qualities that reflect a standard of excellence that goes beyond competitive results.  Winners were chosen from hundreds of nomonations by dancers, parents, and industry professionals.

Back with a Bang!! Murray Academy finishes strong at 2021 US National Irish Dance Championships! – Phoenix, AZ

This long anticipated event did not disappoint for the championship dancers of Murray Academy. The US National Irish Dance Championships was the first major event in which they could participate since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, and they danced without missing a beat. We are proud of all our amazing dancers who worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic and who took the stage with great confidence and skill!

The hard work resulted in many personal bests and an amazing record overall for our school.  91% of our Open champions earned a recall medal, while 48% qualified for the World Championships to be held in Belfast, Ireland in March 2022—our highest percentages at a national level ever.  We also are proud to report that 18% of our Open Champions were in the top 5; 39% were in the top 10; and 61% were in the top 20 out of competitions with 100-140 dancers. We also had 6 of our 8 prelim dancers recall in the prelim competition, 2 of whom were in the top 5 of the prelim results!  Congratulations to these dancers on their placements and to all our dancers on the Nationals team—you’ve made us SO proud! 

Our goal is to realize your child’s full potential, and to provide them with a wonderful and memorable experience.

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The skills taught in Irish dance prove to be invaluable many years later for so many involved.

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Whether it is for sport, exercise, or family tradition, our Murray dancers just love to move their feet!

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