Teaching Staff



Leeann and Paula started dancing at the ages of 9 and 6 with Norah Walsh in Manurewa, moving to dance with Shealagh Hallissey and finishing their competitive careers with Hilary O'Sullivan. They have also been lucky enough to have been taught by Margaret O'Brien of Dublin.

Their parents John and Pat immigrated from Dublin in 1970's, both with a long and continuing history of Irish Dancing in their families.

Leeann qualified for the Worlds several times and was part of many National Champion teams.

Paula won the NZ Championships 3 times and placed in the top 5 several times in Australia. In 1998 Paula recalled and placed 26th at the World Championships, after winning the 1997 Rodney Walshe Travel Scholarship.  

Leeann opened the Academy in 1998 in Alfriston and Hill Park running classes once a week and passed the TCRG exam in 2001. Paula began teaching with Leeann in 2002, passing her TCRG exam at the end of that year and gaining her ADCRG in 2010. 

Paula has a Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science and a post graduate diploma in Secondary Education (specialising in Physical Education, Health and dance.)

Leeann and Paula opened the studio in East Tamaki in 2012 with classes running 6 days a week.

Leeann and Paula pride themselves on providing an organised structure of classes with patience, individualised chorography and a focus on bringing the best out in each student.

I love dancing for the Doyle Academy. Paula and Leeann are lovely teachers and regardless of your ability they always encourage you to find your strengths and achieve your goals. My brother Harry and I travel a long way to get to dancing, however it is so worth it. Go Doyle Academy!!

Emily Bartlett