Principal Teacher - Kathleen Murray ADCRG
It was not surprising that Kathleen got into Irish Dancing at the young age of 5, as both her Mother and two Aunts were also dancers, so when her Mother took her to her first class she loved it and never looked back. Kathleen was fortunate to start her dancing career with the Terry & Nancy Bowler Academy in South London, where she learnt the skills needed to progress through the grades to Championship level. She also took part in team dancing. The family relocated to Hertfordshire where Kathleen continued her dancing and joined the Griffin O'Loughlin Academy based in Wembley. Kathleen took part in many competitions both local and international, including the North American Championships, Great Britain and The All Ireland Championships where she placed 13th in the Under 21 Ladies in 1986. She competed in many World Championships at both solo and figure dancing and the Senior Ladies figure team she competed in took 4th place in 1991 and 3rd place in 1992. Kathleen retired from competitive dancing to take her TCRG exam (teacher's exam) in May 1994 where she passed with honours. Once the school was established, Kathleen then went on to take her ADCRG (adjudicators exam) in May 2005, and again passed with honours.
Assistant Teacher- Marie Mardell
Marie Mardell started her Irish dancing career with the Kathleen Murray School at the age of 5. Marie progressed through the grades to Championship level and went onto take part in both solo and team competitions throughout the UK. She also competed in The Great Britain Championships, The All Irelands and she qualified for the World Championships in the Senior Ladies section when it was held in Philadelphia, USA in 2009. Marie also danced in many concerts affiliated with the St Albans Branch of Comhaltas CCE.
Marie has been assisting in the school for a number of years helping both the beginners and the advanced dancers. She shares with the dancers of all ages who are taking part in competitions at different levels her own experiences which helps each of them with their own progression and confidence.