Frances Ryan School of Dance, under the direction of Frances, has been established since 1994 and is a fully registered school with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, (ISTD).
We offer training for children and students from age 3 up to Pre-professional level. Students of the school are taught Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre Dance, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop/ Commercial, Acro, Contemporary and Lyrical. We also have a performance team made up of students from age 8 upwards. We are very excited to now offer students the ‘Dancing with a Difference’ programme.
Every year pupils of the school work either towards taking dance examinations with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, or are prepared for stage work through a fully staged School Production.
The School has a 100% success rate to date in all exams taken, with the majority of students receiving Distinctions. Senior Students are prepared for the professional exams of the ISTD, thus giving them the opportunity if they wish, to continue their studies in dance colleges both in Ireland and abroad, and then onwards to become Professional Teachers and/or Professional Dancers.
We also offer our students the opportunity to take Drama and Musical Theatre exams with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA)
Over the years many students of the school have gone on to train and dance professionally and a few have even ventured back to teach within the school from time to time.
All teaching staff with the school are fully qualified and registered with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and have all undergone full time training as well as working in the theatre as professional dancers and/or choreographers.
It is the school’s policy that we maintain the highest possible standard of teaching, and, as such, all our teachers are required to attend courses as often as possible for continuous training, to ensure that their work is up to date and fresh. This is then passed onto our students in a fun and exciting way.
We believe that everyone can dance no matter what our circumstances. Dance allows us to learn about our limitations and strengths and find out about our ability to cope with correction and sometimes failure. In dance we just keep going and we find out that we are made of strong stuff