The Dance Course at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa is the first step to a fascinating and rewarding career in dance. Students are taught to the highest level by Jane Kellaghan, the Artistic Director of cruX Contemporary Dance Company. ISTD Modern and Ballet taught at the highest Level by Aisling Byrne. All students will take ISTD Exams.
This is a one year course but students on successful completion of Dance 1 may progress to Dance 2. Exceptionally talented students have the possibility to progress directly to one of the Further/Higher Education colleges in London.
Leaving Certificate or equivalent - with exceptions made for talented younger students. A high degree of motivation and a passionate interest in dance* are required. All applicants are auditioned and places are awarded on suitability.
- Some previous dance experience necessary.
Ballet, contemporary, ISTD modern and jazz dance, pas-de-deux, pointe work, yoga, choreography craft and improvisation skills.
- Dance Performance
The purpose of this subject is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to perform dance sequences in a choice of genres and styles, using technical dance skills, as part of a group and as a solo.
- Dance Production
The purpose of this subject is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to develop a critical viewpoint and awareness of the historical background to different dance styles by the use of technological aids and live performances.
- Classical Ballet
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in Classical Ballet to develop a strong and lyrical classical technique, with the emphasis on control, musicality and core strength, enabling the learner to develop a sensitivity to the classic style and the performance skills required of this genre
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge skill and competence to develop kinesthetic awareness, using ideo-kinesis and applying principles of correct body posture and alignment to enable the learner to develop an awareness of the body in motion, and understand the connection between correct alignment and efficient movement performance.
- Jazz Dance
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to develop strong and vibrant jazz technique, and both choreographic and performance skills. The emphasis should be on a clear flowing technique and a strong rhythmic base.
The purpose of this subject is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and nonverbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related tasks, operating independently while under general direction.
- Work Experience
The purpose of this subject is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to participate in the workplace for a limited time, carrying out work-related tasks independently while under general direction. Work Experience is undertaken with a professional dance company or school.
Opportunities exist for dancers in ballet companies, contemporary dance companies, musical theatre, West End, teaching, choreographing, producing and music videos.
390 CAO points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.
- CSN: Dance 2
- Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts
- Laine Theatre Arts
- London Contemporary Dance School
- Bodyworks Dance Studios
- London Studio Centre
- Urdang Performing Arts
- Millenium Performing Arts
- Stellaman Performing Arts
Students who wish to use the links to further studies will need to attain a certain level of achievement in their QQI award.
PAST GRADUATES INCLUDE:
- Jane Kellaghan: Director – crux Dance Theatre
- Claire Rigney: Musical Theatre Artist
- Lorcan O’ Neill: – Contemporary Dance Artist
- Richard Murphy: Chicago - West End, London
- Mary Wycherley –Lecturer, University of Limerick.
- Darragh O’Leary: - West End, London
- Antoinette Casserley: Director, Galway Ballet School
- Cormac Murphy: – Ballet Theatre UK
- Amy O'Sullivan: Principal Teacher AFAD
- Claire Skelly: Dancer, Cork City Ballet
- Amanda Duke: Teacher, Donna's Dance Studio.
Students will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of national and international choreographers and dance companies including West End and Broadway stars.