Directors

directors

Maureen LYNN Collins ADCRG, TCRG (Co-Director/Owner)

Maureen_C Maureen is a certified Irish Dance adjudicator (ADCRG) & instructor (TCRG) with An Coimisiun in Ireland. She is a member of the IDTANA (Irish Dance Teacher’s Association of North America) and the New England, Mid Atlantic and Southern Region Associations. Maureen currently resides in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ with her husband Jonathan & their dogs “Bacca.” & “Guinness.” She has earned countless titles and accolades in the world of Irish dancing. As a former Riverdance performer, Maureen had the opportunity to dance for the Kennedy family at the Kennedy Arts Center & in front of standing room only audiences at the Broadway Gershwin Theater in Manhattan. Winning several regional & local championships, one of Maureen’s greatest personal achievements was winning the North American Irish dancing competition two years in a row. However, her greatest achievements now is watching her students work hard, perform their best & help them achieve their own Irish dancing goals. It is her energy and vision along side her co-directorS, Colleen, Sandra and Maureen that keeps the LOQC Academy moving forward in the world of Irish step dancing.

ADCRG – Certified Irish Dance Adjudicator
TCRG – Certified Irish dance instructor
IDTANA – Mid Atlantic Regional Board Member Treasurer
Performed with the NY Broadway & the Lee Company Show Riverdance
Two-time 1st place finisher – North American Irish Dance Championships
Two-time 1st place finisher Mid Atlantic & Southern Regional Championships
Placed in the World Irish Dancing Championships in Ireland
National Foundation for the Advancement of Arts Financial Scholarship
Produced Dancers who have placed top 3 in the All Irelands, Worlds, British Nationals, Great Britain’s, as well as dancers win the All Scotland’s, North American Championships & Regional Oireachtas Championships.
Directed a dance drama that placed 5th at the World Championships.
2003 Graduate Degree: MBA Iona Hagen School of Business
1995 College Degree: BS in Accounting Villanova University

 

Maureen O’GRADY White, TCRG (Co-Director/Owner)

MaureenOGradyMaureen brought the passion of Irish dance to the Lehigh Valley, after earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree from Lehigh University. Beginning at age 4, Maureen studied under Peter Smith, the esteemed President Emeritus of An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha. Maureen enjoyed much competitive success as she competed at numerous championships and also demonstrated a desire to keep the traditions by going out into the community to share this inspiring form of dance and then eventually by getting her TCRG.  Maureen is proud to say that Colleen Schroeder was in her very first class! A teacher of children by heart, Maureen has recently retired as an ESOL instructor in the Allentown School District where she worked for over 16 years.  Maureen lives in New Jersey with her husband Patrick and loves to ignite a fire for dance in all the children that step foot into the studio!

 

Colleen QUINLAN Schroeder, ADCRG TCRG (Co-Director/Owner)

Colleen SchroederColleen began dancing in 1992 at the age of twelve with Maureen O’Grady and instantly fell in love with the art form. She was soon competing in Regional and National Competitions and dreaming of one day having her own school.  In the year 2000, at the age of 20, she passed her TCRG exam and founded the Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance named after her grandparents. Now, after merging schools with Maureen O’Grady in 2005, she is co-owner of the O’Grady Quinlan Academy. Colleen continues to train dancers to reach the highest level of dance, many of which have gone on to win Regional and National titles. Her students have also had competitive success in Ireland, having several placed in the top ten at the World Championships and All Ireland Championships. In order to further her career in Irish dance she decided to take on the challenge of becoming an adjudicator. She passed her examination in 2012 and is now a certified TCRG and ADCRG with An Comisiun le Rince Gaelacha. Colleen now has the opportunity to adjudicate local, national and international competitions.

Colleen currently resides in Bethlehem, PA with her daughter Grainne who is an Open Champion dancer herself! Colleen enjoys sharing her passion for Irish Dance with every dancer who walks through the door. It is her mission to make sure dancers not only learn to dance, but learn positive life lessons that will help them through every step of life!

 

Sandra CONNICK, TCRG (Co-Director/Owner)