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The Magennis Academy of Irish Dance was founded in 2019 when Declan Magennis (TCRG – Qualified Irish Dance Teacher) moved to Orlando from Newry, Ireland. Declan’s goal in setting up his Irish Dance Academy was to promote Irish culture and love of Irish dance with students and families throughout Orlando and the surrounding areas. The Academy offers Irish Dance instruction for ages 3+ and caters for students who are interested in competition, kids who wish to attend class for recreational reasons and those who wish to pursue a career in professional dancing. Irish Dance is an excellent form of physical exercise whilst simultaneously focusing on other essential skills such as balance, coordination and listening skills.
The Magennis Academy of Irish Dance is registered under and fully abides by all rules of An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) otherwise known as the Irish Dancing Commission. This is the largest and most reputable Irish Dance organization in the world allowing students the opportunity if desired to compete on Regional, National and International levels.
Director, Declan Magennis (TCRG)
Declan Magennis TCRG is the owner and director of the Magennis Academy of Irish Dance. Declan was born and raised in Killeavy a small village on the outskirts of Newry, Co. Down in the North of Ireland. His love for Irish dance began at an early age and blossomed into a successful dancing career on Regional, National and International levels. Declan danced competitively for over 14 years and during this time he reached the highest level in the dance world placing second at the World Irish Dance Championships on three occasions individually and won the world title an incredible seven years in a row with his Ceili team.
In 2013, Declan graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a First Class Honors Law Degree. Shortly after, he decided to pursue his passion, dancing professionally on stages all over the world with reputable dance companies such as Celtic Legends, Rhythm of the Dance, Danceperados of Ireland, Irish Rhythms, Magic of the Dance, Slidestep Dance and completed a nineteen month stint at Raglan Road in Disney Springs right here in Orlando. Declan has toured over twenty five countries extensively as a dancer in the past six years including the Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, UK, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, China, Estonia, Taiwan, Sweden, Denmark, USA, Canada, Russia, Morocco, Spain, Mallorca, Ukraine, Italy and Cyprus. Declan has performed in some of the worlds most prestigious venues, including but not limited to the Forbidden City Beijing, Olympia Theatre Paris, Olympia Theatre Dublin, Crocus City Hall Moscow and the Royal Theatre Copenhagen. Declan has also made several TV appearances showcasing his talents namely in Paris on a live telethon event to over 1 million viewers, Global News in Montreal, Canada and Fox 35 right here in the US. He also performed live with Slidestep Dance at the ECHO Music Awards in Berlin, Germany with Rea Garvey. Several top world renowned artists such as Jason Derulo, Liam Payne, Rita Ora, Shawn Mendez and Kylie Minogue were all present at this event.
Declan successfully sat his TCRG exam in Vienna, Austria in December 2017, qualifying him as an Irish Dance Teacher. Declan achieved the aforementioned whilst still touring the world as a professional dancer. Declan looks forward to welcoming all new students to his academy, hoping to inspire the next generation and instil a love and passion for Irish dance. He firmly believes that the next generation have something amazing to offer and hopes to nurture each individual child’s talent in order to bring them one step closer to their own personal goals, whether that may be to simply dance for fun, fitness, or to attempt to qualify, recall and place at a major international competitions such as the Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne (World Irish Dance Championships).