Colleen Nicosia, T.C.R.G., started dancing at the age of four, taking lessons under Patricia Murphy at the Patricia Murphy School of Irish Dance. By the age of eight, Colleen reached the Preliminary Championship level and competed at her first regional competition known as the Oireachtas. She recalled and medaled beating out over 75 competitors. From then on, Colleen continued to work hard with “Mrs. Murphy” to place into the top level, Open Championship. She has since competed and recalled at over 10 Regional, National, and All-Ireland competitions. In addition to competing in solos, she has also been a member of teams who have placed 1st at the Oireachtas and 2nd at the Nationals several times. Colleen was also chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall and Radio City. When she wasn’t competing or performing, you would always find her in her own dance classes or every other class Mrs. Murphy would allow her to help out in.
After graduating from college, Colleen started studying to take her T.C.R.G. exam to become a licensed Irish Dance instructor. She passed her exam on the first try and became a licensed T.C.R.G. teaching alongside with Patricia Murphy in September 2015.
As her first year being an official teacher came to an end, Patricia informed Colleen that she was going to retire as an Irish Dance teacher and asked Colleen to take over the school. Without hesitation, Colleen accepted her offer and promised to do her best to continue her legacy with the newly named, “D’Arcy School of Irish Dance.”
The D’Arcy School of Irish is named after Colleen’s grandparents, Andrew and Bridget D’arcy who came to America in 1959 with their family to provide better opportunities. Naming her school in honor of her grandparents is her way of paying tribute for all of the sacrifices they made along the way.
Colleen is more than excited to continue spreading her love of dance and the Irish culture to present and future students!
Senior Dance Instructor