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 Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) 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 encourages a love of dance in all its students.  The benefits of taking regular ballet class are many!  Some of these include fitness, musicality, good posture, memory, confidence, co ordination, flexibility, agility, quick thinking, artistry, physical strength & stamina, elevation, social interaction and self discipline!  Ballet also teaches valuable lessons such as working towards goals, both for the individual (exam work) and the class group (end of year shows).  Ballet teaches that hard work and patience help to achieve these goals, hand in hand with the self motivation, self discipline and commitment needed to practice at home in pursuit of the goals.  These are all important skills for ballet students that develop over time and that are transferable to every day life and learning!

All classes at The Ballet Academy are kept to small numbers to ensure individual attention and optimum space for a safe, supportive and fun dance environment!

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 many of 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 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) and The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) 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.

Dara also teaches private classes for students at vocational level and for those who wish to supplement their weekly group classes.

Other Qualifications / Information

Diploma in Holistic Health (ITEC) which covers in-depth anatomy and physiology (2006).

Paediatric First Aid Certificate and Garda Vetting.

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

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