When Moya Doherty created Riverdance over twenty years ago, little did she know that she was passing on the torch to some of her former dancers in Donegal.
Now known as the Dance Academy, the McNelis Cunningham Boyle School of Dance have a whole new range of activities whilst retaining their great creative talent.
Isoble Cunningham said, “Following the recent success of our Beats of Broadway Shows in the St. John Bosco Centre we are now incorporating theatre, song and drama into a number of our existing Irish dance classes.
“Our Beats of Broadway classes are non-competitive, fun filled lessons aimed at nurturing natural ability, encouraging confidence and self-motivatio while learning Irish Dance skills and steps.
“All of our teachers have extensive theatrical experience having toured globally with the world renowned Riverdance in various roles including dancers, musicians, dance captain and artistic director roles. Qualifications held by teachers in the academy also include degrees in musical performance and music education.
“Our pupils will have a number of opportunities to be a part of our school productions throughout the year. Irish dance shows now provide career opportunities for Irish dancers and a number of our former pupils are currently travelling with ‘Riverdance’, Michael Flately’s ‘Lord of the Dance’ and various other dance shows throughout the world. We aim to provide further opportunities for our existing dancers to be a part of the continued success that our dancers are currently enjoying.”
Learning Irish Dance at the Dance Academy
“In our Little Leapers classes, for children aged 3+, we aim to provide a happy, positive, caring and fun filled environment in which to nurture the individual talents and abilities of each child.
“The Junior Jiggers classes, ages 10+, aim to further develop the skills of each dancer so that every student will reach their own potential. We also provide, where required, the opportunity to sit grade examinations in association with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha allowing dancers to have recognized certification of their achievements and progress.
“All our classes are taught by fully qualified, fully vetted Irish dancing teachers who continually update their skills and qualification.
“It is a friendly, well supported, child orientated dance school where each child receives expert tuition and care and a love for our national Irish dance.”
Concluding she said, “We also provide, the opportunity to compete. Our competitive classes run separately to our non-competitive classes.
“All our teachers are former Ulster, All-Ireland and World champions and our students have achieved Gold medals at all the major Irish dance Championships worldwide.”
Pictured: Some of the cast from the higly successful "Beats of Broadway" which was produced by the Dance Academy. INDD 2508 Dance 1 MVB