The Hurley School of Irish Dance shares with both children and adults the extraordinary culture of traditional Irish dancing. Along with the experience of learning Irish dance technique, students within The Hurley School will gain rich friendships, amazing opportunities to travel and compete, and significant life skills such as leadership and confidence. Through a competitive teaching style and much enthusiasm, we strive to encourage every dancer to work to their potential as well as to enjoy all aspects of Irish dancing.
Annie Hurley Morrison, ADCRG/Director
Originally from Rockville, Maryland, Annie began Irish Dancing at the age of 5 under the instruction of Margaret Prendergast, TCRG in Gaithersburg, MD. Growing up in the Prendergast School of Irish Dancing, she became a regional, national, and world championship qualifier in Irish Dance.
Annie is a certified member of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha. She achieved her TCRG certification in October, 2004. The Hurley School of Irish Dance opened in September, 2006.
Annie is also a Registered Nurse with a BSN from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She stepped away from Critical Care Nursing in 2012 to focus on her children and passion for Irish Dance. She hopes to be able to return to nursing in the future.
In April, 2015, Annie achieved her adjudication certification from An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha. She enjoys encouraging and supporting the dancers of CLRG at feiseanna around the nation as an adjudicator.
Margaret Prendergast Moebus, TCRG
Margaret received her certification to teach Irish dance from An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha in 1987. She began teaching in New Jersey in 1988 and after moving to Maryland in 1989 she opened the Prendergast School of Irish Dance. Her students competed and qualified at the regional, national and world championship level. She is most proud of the fact that five of her former students are also certified TCRG’s.
Douglas Westfall, ADCRG
Douglas Westfall was a student of Debbie Bristol, TCRG at the Rhythm of Ireland School of Irish Dance. He competed for several years at the regional, national and world championship levels. Upon retiring from competition as a two-time Oireachtas champion, Doug took and passed his TCRG exam in 2005 and went on to teach with Russell Beaton, ADCRG, at the Beaton School of Irish Dance in Frederick, MD. With the Beaton School, Doug taught beginner through championship level dancers, including regional, national, and world qualifiers. In February of 2016, Doug achieved his adjudication certification from An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha. He enjoys encouraging and supporting the dancers of CLRG at feiseanna around the nation as an adjudicator.
Sarah Gibney Burton, TCRG
Sarah began Irish dancing with the Prendergast School of Irish Dance at the age of 6, under the direction of Margaret Moebus, TCRG. She competed at the regional, national, and world championships levels. During college she danced with the Teelin School and then the Maple School of Irish dance. In October of 2005 she passed her TCRG exam. Sarah graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2007. She is married with two sons and works as a Registered Representative for Lincoln Financial Advisors. CRN-1240483-070615
Lizzy Carlson, TCRG
Lizzy began Irish dancing at the age of 5 with the John O’Keefe School of Irish Dance in Connecticut. She competed at the regional, national, All Ireland, and All European levels. In addition to her competitive Irish dance career, Lizzy has also participated in many onstage shows. She has performed with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra, Grammy Award-winning artists The Chieftains, John Whelan, and also on local television networks. She student-taught with the John O’Keefe School and continued teaching at local dance studios in the New York area while attending Manhattanville College. She received her bachelor’s degree in May 2011 from Manhattanville College where she managed the Irish Dance Club. Lizzy is a certified member of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha. She achieved her TCRG certification in December 2013. She taught with the O’Rourke School of Irish Dance in NY until her recent relocation to Maryland. Lizzy is thrilled with this opportunity to join the Hurley Irish dance family and is excited to bring her enthusiasm and passion of Irish dance to current and new Hurley students.
Emma Kennedy, TCRG
Emma’s interest in Irish dance was formed at a young age while watching her aunt Michelle Donnelly Kennedy, TCRG, and her dancers from the Donnelly School of Irish Dance perform and compete. Emma’s formal dance instruction began at the age of 6 with the Prendergast School of Irish Dance under the direction of Margaret Prendergast Moebus, TCRG. She joined the Hurley School of Irish Dance in 2007 soon after it was established. Under the direction of Annie Hurley Morrison, ADCRG, Emma competed at the regional and national levels in solo and team dancing. She also enjoyed performing at many local shows and parades. Emma attended the University of Delaware where she was an active member of the Irish Dance Club. She graduated in May of 2017 with degrees in Biology and Philosophy. In August of 2017 she obtained her TCRG from An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha. Emma looks forward to sharing her passion for Irish dance and culture with her students.