About the Kerry School
The Kerry School of Irish Dance is a small school based in Northamptonshire, UK.
The school attend regular Feisanna's and provides several displays for local community and private events, as well as taking part in many fund raising activities.
The school was originally established in 1998 by Michelle Tebbutt, a previous Irish dancing champion. Michelle decided to open the school for adults only and then in 2002 extended the school to all ages after her 3 children started dancing and competing.
Michelle taught many dancer for several years in which she had many national champions. In 2007 Michelle decided to hang up her dancing shoes and passed the school over to her eldest daughter, Sam. Melissa, Michelle's youngest daughter then decided to give up competing in 2011 and now teaches alongside her sister and also has reintroduced adult lessons back into the school.
Since taking on the school Sam and Melissa has had some fantastic achievements, including British and National Champions as well as placing in European and World championships.
In 2011 a troupe of dancers from the school took part in 'Has Northamptonshire got talent?' and finished runners up with Judges Stavros Flatley describing them at 'the best of their game'. In the short time since the show the school took part in a show with a company called Essence of Ireland who performed at the schools local theatre as well as joining Stavros Flatley themselves in many private shows and charity events.
The school is named so due to Michelles mother, Sam's Grandmother, Moyra, being from County Kerry. Moyra was also a champion in her day and was a very proud mother when Michelle was dancing. Moyra unfortunately passed away before her grandchildren started dancing, and before the school was formed, however we hope that she will be very proud on all that has been achieved under the Kerry School name, dedicated to her.
The School is affiliated to The Celtic Association of Irish Dance (C.A.I.D).