Teaching Staff



Leeann and Paula's parents John and Pat immigrated from Dublin to Auckland in the 1970's.  Both John and Pat's families have a long and established history of Irish Dance in Ireland and America.  

Leeann and Paula started dancing at the ages of 9 and 6 with Norah Walsh TCRG in Manurewa,  later moving to dance with Shealagh Hallissey TCRG & ADCRG and finishing their competitive careers with Hilary O'Sullivan TCRG. During their competitive years they were also lucky enough to have been taught by Brendan Tiernan, Phyllis Cronin, Margaret O'Brien, Colin Dunne and Terry Gillan.

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 & Paula opened the Doyle Academy in 1998 in the South Auckland.  Joining the Irish Rovers on their New Zealand and Australia Tour "The Ireland Show" was a performing highlight for both. Paula returned to compete while Leeann continued to develop and grow the Academy.   In 2001, Leeann successfully passed her TCRG exam.  Paula rejoined the teaching staff in 2003 and attained her TCRG dipolma at the end of that year and 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.)

When not teaching, Leeann is a Property & Campus Manager at Manukau Institute of Technololgy.

Always striving to improve, Leeann and Paula have worked with teachers from the around the world to bring the latest techinques and material to their dancers. 

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.