The Kavanagh Studio of Irish Dance

was started in 1984 by sisters Deirdre McGorry & Maura Collis (nee Kavanagh). Both Deirdre & Maura were National Irish Dancing Champions in New Zealand before moving to Perth. The school was taken over by Deirdre's eldest daughter Teresa Fenton in 1991.

Kavanagh Studio of Irish Dance
134 Whatley Cresent
Maylands, 6051
P: (+61) 412 155 318

Introducing our teaching staff

Teresa Fenton TCRG

Born to Irish father, Peter McGorry, and New Zealand National Irish dancing Champion Deirdre Kavanagh, Teresa has always been around Irish music and dance.

As a competitive dancer Teresa won 5 State titles and performed in many shows and events. Although Teresa had dreams of being a fashion designer, finishing her Art and Design diploma in 1994, she was always destined to teach Irish dancing, like her mother Deirdre and Aunt Maura before her.

Registered with the Irish dancing commission since 1991, Teresa traveled back to Ireland in 1998 to complete her teaching exams and qualified as a TCRG. As well as a successful Irish dance teacher, Teresa's costume designs have graced many stages around Australia and the world.

She has also been contracted interstate as a choreographer and trainer. Teresa hopes to sit her adjudicator's exams in the next couple of years and is very excited to have her own daughter Niamh, now competing and carrying on the family tradition.


Melissa Kennedy TCRG

Melissa has been dancing with the Kavanagh Studio for more than 20 years and teaching classes with Teresa for over 10 years.

In 2017 Melissa qualified as a TCRG. She is also a qualified Primary School Teacher and is currently the Deputy Principal and Pre-Primary/Year 1 teacher at Kerry Street Community School.

Melissa has a broad knowledge of dance through years of experience in Jazz, Tap, Hip-hop, Contemporary and Highland as well as Irish dancing. She brings her wealth of knowledge and support to our Saturday Soft shoe and Team classes.


Caroline McCarthy (O'Connor) TCRG

Caroline began Irish dancing in London when she was 5 years old, with the Murchu Duiginn School of Irish Dancing. She was the first dancer in her school to compete in the All Ireland Championships and spent her weekends travelling around the UK dancing in numerous competitions.

At 11 Caroline and her family moved back to Ireland and she joined the Sheehan Murphy School of Irish Dancing in Killarney. She competed in solos until she went to college to study Civil Engineering and continued competing in teams until her final World Championships in Glasgow 2007. She spent summers dancing in shows around Kerry and through the years competed in many Fairs and Festivals.

During this time she leant many different styles of Irish dancing including the traditional Sean Nós, Ceili and Set dancing. Caroline moved to Australia in 2011 & joined the Kavanagh Studio in 2013 as an adult dancer. She began assisting with teaching and passed her TCRG exam in 2015. The Kavanagh Studio has enjoyed even more success in Team Championships thanks to Caroline’s keen eye & love of traditional Ceili Dancing.


Avril Grealish TCRG

Avril has been a member of the Kavanagh family since the age of 5. She quickly progressed, fell in love with Irish dancing and never looked back.

As a solo dancer, Avril was three times WA State Champion and achieved numerous top 10 placings at the Australian National Championships, including 2nd in 2002. She has also competed on the world stage, dancing in four World Championships. Before hanging up her competitive shoes, she was lucky enough to train under Gerard Carson and Jackie Kennedy of the Carson Kennedy Academy in Belfast.

Avril has always loved ceili dancing, ending a very successful ceili career as National Champion in 2017 (Open Age Four Hand Own Choreography) alongside her three team members Shannon, Brigid and Maeghan. Outside of the Irish dancing world, Avril is a qualified and practising physiotherapist and pilates instructor. Her knowledge is a massive asset to our teaching team, as well as her passion for helping people achieve their goals. Avril has been a loyal, passionate and highly respected member of the Kavanagh Studio for over 20 years. We are so proud to welcome Avril to the teaching team at Kavanagh after passing her TCRG exams in 2017.