Patty studied Irish Dance under Rita O'Shea in Boston, MA. During her competitive years she placed 2nd at the New England Oireachtas and top 5 numerous times. She was 5th at the National Championships and was a 5x World Championship qualifier both in solo and teams.
After competing and college, Patty expanded her career in dance. She was selected as one of only 19 cheerleaders for the NFL's New England Patriots. A six-year member and captain five of those years, Patty was voted Cheerleader-of-the-Year and represented the Patriots at the Pro Bowl. She is currently the liason between the alumni organization and the N.E. Patriots. She is also a member of the NEPC alumni reunion committee.
After her NFL career Patty moved to Toronto, Canada and became the director and choreographer of the CFL's Toronto Argonauts cheerleading team. She has judged NFL, CFL, and OHL cheerleader auditions and continues to consult for pro sports teams most recently Ottawa’s CFL team the Redblacks.
In 2000, Patty moved to St. Louis, MO to teach Irish Dance. Over the years, she has help train students and teams to win Regional and National titles as well as World medals. In March 2010, Patty passed the prestigious ADCRG exam making her the first adjudicator in Missouri. 2014 brought Patty to Florida. It is here that Brent, Abbey and Patty decided to join talents and experience and open a NEW school together!!!…LEGACY!
Patty loves to challenge her students and watch them grow as confident young adults. She believes in encouraging great sportsmanship, and balancing hard work with FUN!
AllLegacy teachers/adjudicators are registered with the Irish Dance Teachers of North America and The Irish Dance Commission of Dublin.
They have undergone child protection training and Commission required background checks.
Abbey Pride Wood
Patty Darrah TCRG/ADCRG
Brent began in Irish Dance in 1988 and helped found the Drake School in 1990. During his competitive dance 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, 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 led 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, and Patty Darrah to create Legacy. Brent has an unbelievable focus on his students, giving them the tools and support they need to grow as dancers and individuals.
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 Chieftains, 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!