Marie Duffy Foundation

Banrion na Rincí Gaelacha: Queen of Irish Dancing

Marie Duffy

Marie Duffy’s career began at the age of six with dance teacher Maitiu O Maoileidigh at the world famous Inis Ealga Academy in Dublin. By the age of 13 she was already creating steps for her dance class. After successfully passing the TCRG,exam at the age of 20 she continued as a co-director and teacher at Inis Ealga alongside Maitiu O Maoileidigh. During this time the school enjoyed success in every category, in every age, in male and female sections at both the All Ireland and World Championships, winning over 400 titles in total The school also won the gold medal for Ireland at the Folk Dance Olympics in Dijon in 1981.

In 1988 Marie set up the Marie Duffy Irish Dance School in Dublin, which enjoyed continuing success at all “Majors” - the highest level in competitive dancing.

Her Dance Show career began in 1996 when she was invited by Michael Flatley to work on Lord of the Dance and this was followed by involvement on Feet of Flames (1999) and Celtic Tiger (2007).

As Dance Director and Associate Choreographer, Marie has travelled all over the world with Michael’s shows: most recently to Taiwan in 2009 with Feet of Flames and around Europe in 2010 with The Return of Michael Flatley tour.

Marie has worked at many prestigious events including The Prince’s Trust and the Ryder Cup in the UK, the Oscars in Los Angeles, Prince Albert’s Red Cross Ball in Monaco and recently for HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

TV Shows include Dancing with the Stars and Superstars of Dance in the USA and Tonight’s the Night and Britain’s got Talent in the UK as well as Irish Dance and Music Shows including Irish TV’s Beirt Eile and Club Ceile.

As an Examiner for CLRG Marie has worked all over the world and she has been an External Examiner for the Graduate and Masters’ course for Irish Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. She has served on CLRG continuously since 1969 and is currently the Vice President for England.

At the 2011 World Championships, held in her home town of Dublin, Marie was presented with a lifetime achievement award in recognition of her dedication to the world of Irish Dance and culture.

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