The Kevin Broesler School of Irish Dance has been an active member of the East Coast Irish community since 1986. The school was opened in New York by its founder and director, Kevin Broesler. Mr. Broesler, a former national and world champion stepdancer and a featured performer at various concerts and cultural festivals, is a fully accredited teacher and adjudicator of Irish dancing, qualified by the An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha in Ireland. In 2004, Kevin Broesler was honored by Irish American magazine as one of its top 100 Irish Americans.
The school has continued to grow; first, into Maryland in 1988, followed by New Jersey in 1994. In 2008, the Broesler school expanded to the Philadelphia area. The expansion of the school has been marked by the success enjoyed by many of Mr. Broesler’s former and current students at regional and national competitions, and at the World Irish Dancing Championships held each year in Ireland.
In 2005, the Broesler School was named the top Irish Dancing School in the U.S. by Irish Dancing & Culture magazine.
Eileen Paulson, TCRG
Eileen resides in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband Nick and her two children, Kathleen and Nicholas, both accomplished champion dancers. Eileen started dancing at the age of 5 and
was a champion dancer for the McAleer School of Irish Dance and competed locally, regionally, and at the world level in ceili competition. Eileen taught as a non-TC for 15 years before sitting for her TMRF in 2010 and her TCRG in 2013. Eileen has coached ceili teams that have won Oireachtas championships, national medals, and world medals. Eileen enjoys choreographing shows and has choreographed shows for corporate events, private parties, parades, and numerous charity events. Eileen was recently flown to Las Vegas, NV, with a group of Broesler dancers and choreographed a show for Powerscreen’s private corporate party at the ConExpo Convention at The Hilton Las Vegas and she also choreographed a show for the DuPont Company at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Eileen has co-chaired The Delaware Feis for many years and also assists with both Broesler feiseanna in Baltimore and New Jersey. Eileen credits her love of teaching Irish dance to her parents, Kevin Broesler, Veronica McAleer, Glenn Simpson, Tara Barry, Ron Plummer, and every dancer that she has taught through the years.
Megan Harper, TCRG
Megan started her dancing career at the age of 2 with ballet. She began Irish dancing at the age of 16 and quickly advanced to the champion level with the Broesler School. Megan won regional Oireachtas Championships, North American National Championships, International Championships, and holds World and All Ireland Medals. Megan has danced with The Chieftans, The Eileen Ivers Band, Seamus Kennedy, and Cherish the Ladies. Megan has performed at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Megan was a ballet instructor previously; she sat for her TCRG in 2008 and has been teaching with The Broesler School since that time. Megan has taught Oireachtas Champions, North American National Champions, British National Champions, All Scotland Champions, Minor, Junior, Senior North American Belt Winners, and many All Ireland and World Medalists.
Caitrin O’Meara, TCRG
Caitrin O’Meara began dancing at the age of 5. Her strong Irish roots and family support helped contribute to her successful Irish dancing career. Caitrin qualified for the World Championships from the age of 9 until she stopped competing at age 23. Under the instruction of Kevin Broesler, she won the Mid-Atlantic Oireachtas 4 times as well as finishing in the top 5 in the North American Championships. Caitrin’s dedication led her to competitions across the United States, Ireland, England, Scotland, and Spain. Her international medals include 3rd place at the Great Britain Championships and top 10 medals at both the All-Ireland Championships and World Championships.
Caitrin graduated from Pace University with a bachelor’s degree and is a certified stenographer of the state of New York. In May 2014, she passed her TCRG exam and became a member of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) and the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA). Caitrin attributes her love of Irish dancing to her parents, who instilled in her a love of Irish culture from a very young age. Her dream is to instill that same passion in today’s generation of young Irish dancers.
Jackie Sabo-Metzinger, TCRG
Jackie began Irish dancing at the age of 8 and retired at the age of 21. During her years as a student of the Broesler School, she reached the Open Championship level, won the Mid-Atlantic Championships 3 times, placed 5th at the All Ireland Championships and placed in the top ten of the World Championships. She passed her TCRG with honors in 2010. Jackie believes it is important for dancers at all levels to continue to strive to improve Irish dancing basics; posture, turn-out, crossing, while at the same time learn and perfect the modern moves and technique of competitive Irish dance today. She loves to work with students of all ages but has a soft spot for the little ones. She tries to instill a love and passion for dance which she believes is the key to a long, successful dance career . Jackie lives in the Reading, PA area with her husband, Bill and their 6 children. Jackie’s daughter, Carlin, is also a student of the Broesler School.
Congratulations to the following Broesler dancers who have been cast in major Irish Dancing shows:
- Lord of the Dance/ Feet of Flames – Maggie Revis (lead,) Jonathon Srour, Bernadette Devereaux, Declan Crowley, Kevin Emsworth, Mitch DeSimone, Caitlin Golding, Emma Cross, Katherine Devereaux, Josie Callahan
- Riverdance – Jessie Baffa, Lexa Hickey, Megan Baffa