Head of Performance,
Musical Theatre and Jazz
Jay is no stranger to the stage having started performing at the age of 7. He is a Galway native and danced with the McBride school of Irish Dance and placed in the World Championships. He has also tread the boards in John Player Tops, numerous variety shows and with the Renmore Pantomime Society.
Jay studied dance at The Firkin Crane Centre Cork and from there went on to further his dance education in London. He was a finalist on BBC's ‘Strictly Dance Fever’ hosted by Graham Norton and following that he joined Carnival Cruise Lines in the USA where he spent 10 years working as a Dance Captain. He joined the GRDA team in 2018.
Not only is Jay a full time dance teacher at the Genevieve Ryan Dance Academy, he is also a musical theatre choreographer having been involved with groups such as Corofin Musical Society, Dunmore Musical Society, Creative Scene Productions, Stageworks Drama School, Galway Youth Musical Theatre, 9 Arch Claregalway Musical Society, Claremorris Musical Society, Birr Stage Guild and Kevin Rowe Events, just to name a few.
Jay was delighted and honoured to have been nominated for ‘Best Choreographer’ at the 2019 A.I.M.S Awards for his work on Galway Musical Society’s 2019 production of ‘Our House’ The Musical.