CHRISTMAS SHOW 2018
The students of the Odette School of Ballet took to the stage in the Pavilion theatre Dun Laoighre in Decemeber 2018 to perform their show: 'With Dance I Can'. This show was a celebration of all of the wonderful things that learning dance enables us to do and to be. Emma Mahony has a strong belief that the skills learned and experiences enjoyed at dance class transcend class and filter into our every day lives; giving dance students a unique and artistic approach to life. From creativity to confidence to teamwork and grace; our dancers are empowered by the memories they create at ballet class.
'With Dance I Can' saw students perform dances from favourites such as 'The Lion King' and 'The Nutcracker'; to more contemporary pieces such as the senior students' dance 'Experience'. The dancers put on a beautiful show which touched the hearts of the many family and friends in the audience, as well as their extremely proud teacher Emma.
From the initial stages of choreography, to the many rehearsals, to the final show; 'With Dance I Can' was a wonderful experience where all students could create happy and long-lasting memories with their dance friends. It is a huge achievement to danceon a big stage in a professional theatre and our dancers should be extremely proud of themselves for putting on such a successful and enjoyable show! Well done everyone!
ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE BALLET EXAMS
In May 2018 many of the students of The Odette School of Ballet had their RAD examinations. This was an exciting experience for all of the students. They had the opportunity to showcase all of their hard work and be assessed by an RAD examiner. Everyone performed beautifully over the two days. As their teacher, I am extremely proud of every single student.
SUMMER DANCE CAMP 2018!
This year we had an amazing two weeks of Dance Camp! The first week saw our teenage dancers aged 13-17 take to the studio for a full week of dance workshops. The second week our younger dancers aged 7-12 enjoyed a full week of dance too! We had many guest teachers involved in this years camp; we were lucky enough to be joined by Tarik Shebani, Alan McGrath, Saoirse Ní Dhubhshlaine, Emma Moriarty and Leighann Goodwin. These teachers brought a vast amount of experience and skill in both performing and teaching. The students from both weeks also choreographed their own dances and created some truly wonderful pieces!
Our dance camp is growing in popularity and it is a brilliant opportunity for young dancers to have fun, make friends, try a variety of dance styles, and experience what life is like a professional dancer for one week!
CHRISTMAS SHOW AT HOWTH HILL LODGE
Students from Grade 1 to Grade 5 took to the stage in the Howth Hill Lodge nursing home to bring some Christmas joy to their community. It was a brilliant performance that was enjoyed immensely by all who saw it. The ballet dancers were amazing and I was absolutely honoured to be their teacher and have them representing our school. Well done to all involved! Next year I think we should invite the parents to a special Christmas performance too.
SILVER SWANS IN THE MEDIA
The Irish Times covered our very popular Silver Swans class in their Health supplement. There are so many health benefits to taking up ballet at any age and it is wonderful to see so many people taking an interest in it!
Emma's Silver Swans classes have also attracted media attention from RTÉ Radio 1; the North Dublin Gazette; and Dublin Live.
The Silver Swans alsofeatured on a very popular Virgin Media 1 television show in 2019!
SUMMER DANCE CAMP 2017!
Summer Dance Camp was a huge success this year! We had a full class of dedicated dancers who got the opportunity to hang up their ballet poms and try out a variety of different styles of dance. We focused on four different genres of dance: contemporary, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. Each week we worked on choreography and technique, and by the end of the camp the students had learned four new routines!
It was wonderful to see each dancer progress and develop as the weeks went by. The atmosphere was very energetic, encouraging and fun! I'm already looking forward to next summer and I hope you all are too!