The Director of Bluegrass Céilí Academy in Lexington, Kentucky, Megan and Mary Beth met many years ago when they were both working in Washington, D.C. and dancing with the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.
Now partners in dance education, Megan and Mary Beth have collaborated on several projects, including the Lexington Percussive Dance Weekend and Céilí Mór Kentucky. Megan studied Irish dance for over 20 years in Washington, D.C. with the Culkin School, began teaching adult students and teams nearly 20 years ago, and achieved TMRF certification with An Comisiún le Rincí Gaelacha in 2010. The adults Megan coached achieved two North American team championships in 2023 and 2009, 23 regional championship céilí team titles between 2004 and 2015, and a solo regional championship in 2022. In addition to teaching and competing, Megan has danced — and had her choreography performed — in Kentucky and across the nation’s capital, including at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, the Annapolis Irish Festival and Shamrockfest. Megan was also a dancer with the New Century American Irish Arts Company and her favorite performances include dancing onstage with Carbon Leaf and Scythian.