Michael was born in Birmingham, England to Irish parents. He took Irish step dance for 13 years and had a successful competitive career, garnering several regional titles and placing third at the All Ireland, Worlds and Great Britain Championships.
In 1993 Michael received his T.C.R.G. from An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha in Dublin and opened The Kenny Academy in The Irish Centre, Birmingham. During the Kenny Academy’s 21 years, they won numerous awards in both solo and team events at The World Championships, The Midlands Oireachtas , All Irelands, Great Britians, British Nationals, American Nationals, All Scotland and European Championships.
Beyond the results, The Kenny Academy was active in community pursuits. Its annual
feis raised £65,000 sterling for Cystic Fibrosis, a charity very close to Michael's heart.
Now located in Massachusetts, Michael has a wealth of experience to offer, having taught Irish Dance as his full time occupation since 1993. His mission is to continue to pass on the traditional art of Irish dance to his students on the North and South Shore, as he did in Birmingham for so long.
Rose (nee O’Brien) was born in Galway, Ireland and took Irish step dance for 12 years, during which she attained regional titles in both solo and teams and top 10 medal
placements at all the major Irish dance championships, including the prestigious All Ireland and World Championships.
Rose began the O’Brien School in Galway alongside her sister Breda in 1988 and the school nearly instantly achieved success. The school won their first regional title after only 10 months of teaching, and in the 16 years of its establishment attained 22 World titles in both solo and team events, 100 regional titles, and numerous All Ireland, American Nationals, British Nationals, Great Britain, All Scotland and European titles.
Rose moved to Birmingham in April 2004 to teach alongside her husband Michael at The Kenny Academy. In their 10 years together they achieved great success, most recently a World Championship title in London 2014. Collectively they have 30 World Championship titles to their name.
Like Michael, Rose has taught Irish dance as her full-time occupation for 26 years. She has experience teaching dance in Irish school programs and enjoys working with both competitive and non-competitive classes. A talented
choreographer, Rose looks forward to passing on her love of the tradition and culture of Irish dance to her students here.
Breda was born in Galway, Ireland and started Irish Dance at 8. She was successful in her career, both qualifying for and recalling at Worlds.
She passed her T.C.R.G. in 1988 and opened the O'Brien School of Irish Dance alongside her sister, Rose. The school quickly achieved their first regional title after only 10 months. Over the next 16 years the O’Brien school attained 22 world titles in both solo and team competitions, 100 regional titles, and many All Ireland, American Nationals, British Nationals, Great Britain, All Scotland and European titles.
Breda also taught Irish Dance in primary schools in Ireland. Her favorite parts of Irish Dance to teach were (and still are) the non-competitive dances such as the Brush Dance, and Walls of Limerick, Shoe the Donkey and Stack of Barley.
In 1998 Breda obtained her A.D.C.R.G. and has since judged all over the world. She has adjudicated all the majors including: All Irelands, British Nationals, Oireachtas, All Scotlands, New Zealand, and Australia.
Breda teaches with her sister and brother-in-law at Kenny Academy and is passionate about passing on her love of all things Irish Dance to her students.
Michael, Rose and Breda have many former dancers who have studied to become Certified Irish Dance Teachers and Adjudicators: Eanna Ryan, TCRG, Angela Duggan, TCRG, Stephanie Power, TCRG, Caterina Coyne, TCRG, Sarah Clogher, TCRG, Kieran Hardiman, TCRG, Eugene Burke, TCRG, Sorcha Ni Cheide, TCRG, Tom Hastings, TCRG, Claire Keane Aherne, TCRG, ADCRG and Linda Martyn, TCRG, ADCRG.
Many former students have also gone on to star in shows including Riverdance and Lord of the Dance: Megan Kerrigan, Jade Bridgewater, Cathal Keaney, Fergal Keaney, Andrew Vickers, Kieran Hardiman, Nikita Cassidy, Eanna Ryan, Caterina Coyne, Stephanie Power, Elaine Power, Jacqueline Duggan, Thomas Durren, Frankie Sullivan, Leann Stubbs.