Instructor Kay Brown LaGreca began dancing in County Cork, Ireland at the age of five. After moving to Texas, she grew to love Irish dance under the instruction of Emily Touzin. She continued to dance with Emily until she met Eoin O’Maoileidigh in April of 1994. Kay attended her first competition under Eoin in June of 1994 and swiftly began to work her way through the levels. In March of 1995, after less than a year of dedicated practice and class time, Kay entered her first preliminary championship, where she won third place. She continued competing successfully for the next three years, during which she won the Southern Region Oireachtas and qualified for Worlds. In January of 1998, Kay’s beloved teacher Eoin moved back to Ireland and left the school to Kay. The school was supported by Colm O’Maoileidigh, TCRG, until Kay became TCRG certified in October of 2001. The school was then known as the Sandon School of Irish Dance (named for the Shandon bells in County Cork). To honor their Irish roots, the name changed to Shandon-O’Regan Irish Dance Academy when Kay’s sister, Maura Anderson, became TCRG certified. The school has enjoyed many successes of the years including regular recalls and qualifications for Worlds at the Southern Region Oireachtas and recalls and placings at the NOrth American Irish Dance Championships.