The Ballet Academy

The Ballet Academy was established in 2010 by Dara Pierce from Clonard in Wexford.  The school presents annual performances at The National Opera House in Wexford and offers optional ISTD Ballet exams each year.  The emphasis is on developing confidence in each individual student in order for them to reach their full potential.  The Ballet Academy aims to foster a love of dance in its students, as well as its many benefits, such as fitness, musicality, posture, memory, confidence, co ordination and artistry.  Classes take place in a safe, supportive and fun environment with class numbers strictly limited.

Dara Pierce – Performance Experience

Dara Pierce, school principal, was the first Irish girl to attend English National Ballet School in London.  She graduated into English National Ballet Company and danced in all the great classical ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet, Paquita, Square Dance, Graduation Ball, Les Sylphides and La Bayadere.  The company regularly toured abroad and met with Princess Diana the company’s patron.

Dara has also danced with Scottish Ballet Glasgow and performed principal roles with European Ballet London (fairy godmother in Cinderella), Ballet Ireland Dublin (Odette/Odile in Swan Lake) and The Wexford Festival Opera (Si J’etais Roi).  Dara has undertaken professional dancer training in St Petersburg at the home of The Kirov Ballet and at Steps Studio on Broadway in New York City.

Dara Pierce-Teaching Experience

Since Dara’s performance career she has undertaken teaching exams with The Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dancing (ISTD) in London.  She has taught company class with Matthew Bourne’s UK company New Adventures, when they toured to Dublin with their production of Sleeping Beauty in 2015.  She has worked with the Education Units of English National Ballet Company and European Ballet Company, both in London.  Dara has also taught ballet and choreographed for shows at The Leinster School of Dance,  The Rachel Goode School of Ballet in Dublin, Kilkenny Academy of Dance, Bray School of Dance, The Wexford School of Ballet and Centre Stage School of Dance in Waterford.  She has choreographed for Ard Aoibhinn Disability Centre Wexford and Gorey Pantomime Society.

Dara also teaches private classes for students at vocational level.

Other Qualifications

Dara holds : a Diploma in Holistic Health (ITEC) which covers indepth anatomy and physiology (2006).

a valid Paediatric First Aid Certificate and is fully Garda Vetted.

a Level 1 Dance Teacher & Practitioner Training Certificate from Lisa Howell, Australian Dance Physiotherapist (2014).

a certificate in Marie Walton Mahon’s Progressing Ballet Technique Programme (2016).