- The Dance Academy was established in 1961 by the inspirational and influential dancer, teacher and examiner Cynthia Ó Dúnlaing FRAD, Cynthia was an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance until her retirement from examining in 2010. In July 2017 her life long dedication to dance was formally recognised and she became the second only Irish person to be awarded a fellowship by the RAD, the first being Dame Ninette de Valois, founder of The Royal Ballet in London . The Dance Academy had been run by Cynthia’s daughter Sadhbh Ó Dúnlaing since 1998. Sadhbh danced and trained in Ireland and continued on the tradition of wonderful shows, successful RAD exam sessions and instilling the joy of dance in her young students.
In September 2019 the school was passed on to Sinéad Dunbar who started dancing aged 3 with Cynthia in the Dance Academy Bray. Sinead has been the principal of her own dance school for over 20 years. Her school has performed many times in theatres all over Leinster and has achieved 100% success rate for all students in both Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D) and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (I.S.T.D) examinations. Sinead continued her training at the Irish National College of Dance and won a scholarship to train with a prestigious Russian ballet school in Dublin and then studied to be an R.A.D and I.S.T.D teacher at the City College Inchicore, Dublin. Sinead has helped many of her students to go on and study dance full time in schools and colleges both at home and abroad and has many former students teaching and dancing professionally all over the world. She has previously been the teacher/choreographer of the best group and multiple cup winners at the Irish National Dance Awards. Sinead is fully Garda Vetted, qualified and registered with the R.A.D and I.S.T.D with qualifications to teach dance including Music Theory, Dance History, Child Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology and is fully committed to the R.A.D Continuous Professional Development (C.P.D.) programme.
Each year pupils have the chance to participate in Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Examinations or Class Awards and or The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance Jazz Examinations. Alternate academic years see students prepared for stage work through a professional School Production.
The Dance Academy strives to provide a fun learning environment, where the aim of it’s fully qualified, professional and experienced teachers, is to enable each student reach their full potential. With an emphasis on confidence building, self esteem and personal achievement, The Dance Academy aims to pass on the joy of dance to all of its’ pupils.
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