Edward J. Murphy, Jr. (A.D.C.R.G, T.C.R.G, Artistic Director)
Edward received his B.A. in Dance from University of New York at Brockport. He has performed with several professional dance companies including Dance Arizona, and Southwest Dance Theater. He earned his certification to teach Irish dance in 1987 and founded Drumcliffe Irish Arts. In 1991 he was awarded his ADCRG (judging certification in Irish Dance).
He continued working in a variety of dance and in 1994, he founded Drumcliffe Dance. The Company has a strong reputation for creative choreography. His work spans a large range of dance disciplines. “Sorrows of Chaos” (based on the aftermath of disaster), “Bali Rhythms” (rhythmic structure in Irish and the dance of India) and the acclaimed “Cross Cultural Communication” (merging the differences and common grounds of the urban and suburban youths).
Michael Galvin (T.C.R.G)
Michael started dancing at the age of six, and studied under the founder of Drumcliffe, Edward J. Murphy, Jr. His dancing has won him many championships over the years, including several first place finishes at the Mid-Atlantic Region and the North American Championships. At the age of 15, he received his first medal at the World Championships and went on to place 2nd in the World in 1999. His talent was recognized by Riverdance The Show, which Michael toured with, and served as the understudy for lead dancer. Michael attended SUNY Cortland where he majored in Health Science and Education, and received his Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Nazareth College. Today, Michael teaches elementary school in Syracuse, and is the director of the Drumcliffe School in Syracuse.
Brittany O'Reilly (T.C.R.G)
Brittany began dancing at the age of three and began Irish dancing at the age of five. She has placed several times in the top 5 of both regional and national level competition and holds four recall medals at the World Championships including a top 20 finish in 2008. Brittany has a Bachelors in music education from Ithaca College and is currently working on a Masters at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, with a focus in movement and improvisation in the classroom. Brittany has been teaching for several years as an elementary general music teacher in Syracuse, NY and is also certified in the Orff-Schulwerk approach for teaching music and movement to young children. She is passionate about teaching dancers to have a clear understanding of musical elements, culture, and technique while fostering creative thinkers and positive team members. Brittany feels lucky to be working with the Drumcliffe school, which takes so much pride in these aspects of dance education.