The Lynn – O’Grady-Quinlan – Connick (LOQC) Academy was formed in January 2015 when our three top performing schools – Lynn Academy, O’Grady Quinlan Academy, and The Rince Na h’Eireann (Connick) School – joined forces to best meet the needs of our students. Over the past 15 or more years our schools have seen a great transformation of Irish dancing, with hit shows such as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance increasing both its popularity and its need for top level instruction and performance opportunities around the country. We have seen both the need to increase instruction for the competitive side of Irish Dancing, as well as the resurgence of the performance side of Irish dancing. Both avenues require a team of the best and most experienced teachers who can also provide top-level physical training and nutritional advice.
Due to the increased demands of instruction and performance opportunities, and building on our success and values, this collaboration of teachers and schools gives our students more opportunities to further their skills and achieve their goals. Our teachers can also offer more opportunities for their dancers, while having additional dedicated certified teachers on staff to assist as required.
Each of our teachers takes great pride in sharing their personal journey and their love and passion for Irish dance with each student. One of our greatest assets is the diversity of our teaching staff. Although each teacher is the primary instructor in their locations, many teachers travel to our other LOQC Academy venues to teach all of the students at the championship level. This brings a different perspective and approach to the students as each teacher relies on their strengths to further develop the abilities and talents of the dancers. All our teachers are extremely excited to work together to provide the best instruction in Irish Dance.
Many of our dancers wish to continue their dance careers throughout college and beyond. With the LOQC Academy, students can continue their dance career and attend college in many different areas of the country without having to change Irish dance schools.