Abbey, a born Texan, grew up in Augusta GA. She began dancing at age 6 and became one of the first four champion dancers in the region. In 1996 after qualifying at the Eastern Region Oireachtas in NY, she became the first girl from the South to qualify and compete at the World Championships in Dublin, Ireland.
After reaching her goal of the "Worlds", Abbey then turned her focus on teaching. While most of her dancing friends continued competing or performing in shows, Abbey opened the Glor nah'Eireann (Pride of Ireland) School of Irish Dance. She became the first certified instructor (Teagascóir Choimisiúin le Rinci Gaelacha - Commission Certified Irish Dance Teacher) from the Southern Region. Abbey has produced her own award winning material, and her dancers have performed wtih lead dancers from Lord of the Dance, Magic of the Dance, Riverdance, Cherish the Ladies, The Chieftans, Lehey, Seven Nations, Eileen Ivers, and Celtic Crossroads.
Abbey possesses an intense work ethic, professional teaching style mixed with an infectious love of Irish Culture that continually produces Champions and motivates all of her dancers to reach their personal goals!
Brent began in Irish dance in 1988 and helped found the Drake School in 1990. During his competitive dancing years, he won three Eastern Regional Oireachtas Competitions, a National Championship in 1998, and competed in five World Championships.
Brent has performed with the Chieftains, Cherish The Ladies's, the Wolf Tones, Eileen Iverson, and many other well know Irish musicians. He was also an original cast member of the show "Common Ground." His continued love of Irish Dance lead him to become a member of the Irish Dancing Teachers Association as a licensed TCRG and Director of the Drake School Carolinas.
He has now combined his talents and love of Irish Dance with Abbey Pride to create the Glor na Daire Academy. Brent has an unbelievalbe focus on his students, giving them the tools and support they need to grow as dancers and individuals.