Producing World Class
Irish Dancers
Classes
Beginner
Students from age 5 are given warm up, cool down and basic technique exercises, with foundation steps using soft shoes and are expected to attend 1 or 2 classes per week. Families are given the option to enter Irish dance competitions known as a "Feis".
Advanced Beginner (Novice)
Students who have attended class for more than 1 year and have attained novice level at regular local competitions are given the next level steps and techniques. Students are expected to learn both soft and hard shoe dances and attend atleast 2 classes per week.
Prize Winner/Preliminary (Open Championship)
Students are expected to have a disciplined home practice routine, attend regular competitions and a minimum of 3 classes per week as part of their curriculum. Participation in performances and fundraising events will be expected of Students at this level.
Notes & Information
All enrolled students are expected to perform at the annual "Druid Academy Winter Recital".

For more information regarding Registration and/or Class Schedule please feel free to Contact Us below with the provided form.
About
Druid Academy was first started in Derry City by Glenn Simpson before moving to Toronto, Canada in 2010. Operating as "Druid Academy Irish Dancers", the school offers classes aimed at producing world class Irish dancers in a supportive and fun environment.

Using traditional "Ulster Style" training methods coupled with new and original techniques developed by Glenn Simpson (TCRG/ADCRG), Druid Academy provides an atmosphere for those interested in learning or perhaps competing in the Irish Art of Dance.

Druid Academy's new studio location in Toronto's east end offers a large area with purpose built stage, warm up/stretch sections, mirror walls and seating areas. Our class sizes are small providing every child plenty of one on one attention and guidance. We also provide a flexible timetable with classes throughout the week.
Team
Glenn Simpson - TCRG & ADCRG
Originally from the city of Derry, Northern Ireland, Glenn was a pupil of the late Dance master Mary Mclaughlin. By the age of 17, Glenn was a five-time winner at the All Ireland Irish Dancing Championships and a seven-time Ulster Irish Dance Championship winner.

His professional career began as a member of the original cast of Riverdance in 1995 and was featured in "Riverdance- The Show" Live at Radio City Music Hall. He was later a lead understudy and was featured in the documentary, "Riverdance- A Journey".

As Dance Captain and the character Oisin, he appeared in the West end production of "Dancing on Dangerous Ground", was featured in the DVD and also in the behind the scenes documentary "Dare to Dance"

Glenn worked closely with the producers and was featured in the instructional Irish dance DVD, "Jean Butler Masterclass".

Glenn became a teacher T.C.R.G. in 2001 and an adjudicator A.D.C.R.G. in 2009 with the help of the McConomy School in Derry City and has since been selected to adjudicate the World Irish Dance Championships 2012 in Belfast, and numerous championship events around the world.
Shannon Laffan - TCRG Trainee
Shannon is currently undergoing training to become TCRG certified and is a valued member here at Druid Academy.
Liam Kenny - Teaching Assistant
Liam is one of our veteran dancers here at Druid Academy who is always at the ready to help with class instruction.
Testimonials
Parent - Eliza
I am proud that my daughter is a member of Druid Academy of Irish Dancers. Glenn Simpson is an amazing teacher who gives his attention to all levels whether you in place in a competition or not. It is a great school and all the parents and children get along well.
Dancer - Liam
I originally switched to Druid Academy to give dance one more go before quitting, and five years later I'm in second year university and still try to make it to class whenever I can. Glenn re-ignited my love of dance and I have made friendships here that I believe will last a lifetime!
Parent - Anonymous
My daughter looks forward with a shining face to attend every class which I believe is a reflection of Glenn's talent with children. After her first recital my 2 boys began attending classes and have never looked back. Druid Academy has a wonderful supportive community.
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489 Brimley Rd Unit #1
Scarborough, Ontario, M1J 1A3
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