Our teachers are qualified and registered with the Royal Academy of Dancing, London and with the Imperial Society of Dance, London. Each teacher holds a diploma in anatomy, child physiology and a child protection certificate.
RAD, DIP, DEG, AISTD
Suzanne’s dance training began at the young age of three with the Wexford School of Ballet and Modern Dance and by the age ten, she had moved on to major training in Dublin. At fifteen, she moved to England where she completed her majors in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern and National Dance. While there she gained invaluable stage and TV experience performing with many well known celebrities. Suzanne has received a RAD Ballet teaching certificate, an anatomy degree, a degree in the history of dance and an ISTD associate diploma. On qualifying Suzanne was asked to train Intermediate and advanced RAD and ISTD in Italy and England. She did so in England for some time and on her return to Wexford continued that training in Wexford . Her students received the highest results in Ireland in pre-elementary , elementary and Intermediate RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern Exams. Her students also won many awards and scholarships, 3 of them travelling to the Kirov Ballet School in Russia on scholarships. Suzanne’s’ past students have been accepted into English National Ballet School, and Company, Laine Theatre Arts, Doreen Bird, Performers, Elmhurst and Many more prestigious colleges in London. Suzanne has a passion for hard work and achieving only the best in the individual. A firm believer in discipline an d preparation, but also a true believer in the love of stage and all the fabulous attributes for a young performer. She currently runs the Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts, which consists of three dance schools and works as a choreographer throughout the country. Many of Suzanne’s students have written their own success stories, dancing professionally abroad and opening their own dance schools.
Suzanne has been resident choreographer with Wexford Pantomime Society since 1989, and has received an honorary membership award for years dedicated to the Society. She is also an honorary and founding member of the Oyster Lane Theatre Group, with whom she has been resident choreographer since its inception, directing and choreographing “Beauty and the Beast” in 2011 and Legally Blonde in 2016 and won “Best Choreographer” at AIMS for Hairspray.
Suzanne has worked with Enniscorthy M.S., Carnew M.S., Vocare Vocal Group, Wexford Festival Singers and the Wexford Variety Group with whom she produced, directed and choreographed, bringing them to the All Ireland Quarter Finals 2 years running. Suzanne has been commissioned to choreograph many original scores such as the Children of Lir, The Armed Man, The Dancing Master, Peter and The Wolf and White is the Moon. Most recently Suzanne was commissioned to choreograph The Children of Lir Celtic Concert at the National Opera House composed by Brian O’ Reilly and members of his band from “Loudest Whisper”.
Ann O’ Leary -
This year, Ann O’Leary will celebrate 50 years of tutoring aspiring young dancers with many of them going on to successful stage careers. In 1965, there were just a dozen or so pupils and one teacher – Ann. In 1986, Ann was joined by her daughter, Suzanne, who had completed training in England. By 2005, the school had expanded to three centres, Wexford, Enniscorthy and New Ross. They have worked side by side ever since and not only have they a firm working relationship, but are also best friends.
“After all these years, my mother’s vast experience is overshadowed by her obvious love towards the children, the younger end of the scale being her forte,” Suzanne says. “One class after another grace her door four times weekly and all is rosy in the garden as long as Mrs. O’Leary is there.”
Emma Molloy -
Emma is a fully qualified Royal Academy of Dance ballet teacher and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance modern dance teacher. She has been dancing since age four. Her dancing started with Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts. Emma did Ballet, Modern and Tap passing every exam with top marks. Any show from ballet school to Tops of the Town to Pantomime to the Opera Emma was part of it. In Loreto Secondary School Emma was taking major dance exams and still passing with high results, and so decided to pursue her dream and take up dancing as her profession. Emma auditioned for dance colleges in London and was accepted for her first choice, Bird College of Performing Arts. She was one of thirty girls chosen from hundreds of applicants. Emma completed three years gaining a Diploma as well as many more examinations and plenty of performing experiences. When Emma left college she danced abroad with a dance troupe in Japan and Greece for many years. On her return to London she gained her teaching certificate at the Royal Academy of Dance. From there Emma was teaching in London at well established schools. The age range she has taught is from 3 to 20 years. On returning to Wexford Emma has been a resident teacher with the WSBPA, freelancing at various schools. She has choreographed for Strictly Come Dancing, Gorey Pantomime Society and choreographer for Rathangan Vareity Group.
Sinead started dancing at the age of 5 with Wexford School of Ballet and Modern Dance. During her training her she studied Ballet, Modern and Tap, taking her exams in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern with the school. On completing secondary school in Loreto, Wexford, she embarked on a Law Degree with Waterford Institute of Technology, finishing with honours.Sinead continued to dance throughout her studies, and finally decided to further her dance studies and successfully auditioned for Inchicore College of Further Education. While at Modern, and also recieved a scholarship from the Leonardo Da Vinci Trust to attend an intensive 3 week dance programme in Vienna in the summer of 2011. Before this Sinead successfully passed her Diploma in Dance Instruction from the ISTD. She has continued her studies in Inchicore to obtain her Diploma in Dance Education also with the ISTD. During her studies, Sinead continued to assist with the school, while also performing with Wexford Pantomime Society, Wexford Light Opera Society and Oyster Lane Theatre Group, she has also acted as Dance Captain for these and Assistant Choreographer for Wexford Pantomime Society. Sinéad has recently received a Diploma in Dance Education from the Royal Academy of Dance, London. She is also associated with Superstars Stage Academy.
Chris most recently appeared as Murdoch in Titanic at the Princess of Wales theatre, Toronto after performing for two years in the Olivier award winning Les Miserables at The Queens Theatre where he alternated the role of Jean Valjean. He was also invited to be a part of the Miss Saigon 25 celebrations at The Prince Edward Theatre. He played Davy Harrison in a workshop of a brand new musical The Last Ship (Live Theatre Newcastle) directed by Joe Mantello and music written by Sting. He created the role of Rags Ryan in a new musical Burlesque (Jermyn Street), the show winning the 2012 Offie for Best New Musical. He appeared in The Phantom Of The Opera (Her Majesty’s) playing Firmin on many occasions. He understudied and played Harvey in All The Fun of the fair (Garrick), was Billy Kostecki in the original cast of Dirty Dancing (Aldwych), Snake Preacher and The Man in Whistle Down the Wind (Palace and UK Tour), Big Macca and played Britney and Khashoggi in We Will Rock You (Dominion), original cast of The Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Vince Fontaine/Teen Angel in Grease (UK Tour), Heathcliff (UK Tour), Pharoah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Elwood Blues in The Official Tribute to the Blues Brothers (UK and European Tour), Out of the Blue (Shaftesbury), understudied and played Chris in Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal,Drury Lane). Workshops: George in Marguerite, Cloudkeeper in Sleeping Beauty and Ninoy in Calling manila for the Royal Opera House. Concerts Include: The Phantom Of The Opera 25th Anniversary Concert at The Royal Albert Hall. Hojja in Moonshadow with Yusuf Islam on his Guess I’ll Take My Time tour, Judas in Jesus Chris Superstar (Porchester Castle), Enjolras in Les Miserables (BIC), Freddie in Chess (BIC), West End Rocks (Hexagon), Showstoppers (UK Tour), Live and Let Die, Christmas Crackers and Queen Symphonia all with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Chris was a resident singer on the hit series Showstoppers for BBC1 starring Gary Wilmot watched by 10 million viewers every Sunday evening. He appears on the cast albums of Dirty Dancing, All The Fun of the Fair, The Witches of Eastwick, Moonshadow, and Heathcliff. His debut solo album Finally! was released in 2009. He is also a regular jingle singer for Talksport Radio winning the 2011 Vox Award and Sony Music Award with the team for Best Use of Music in a commercial. In 2013 Chris was awarded Fellowship of The London College of Music, the highest qualification given. He is now a hugely sought after vocal coach with former students now appearing on Broadway and in the West End. Chris has an excellent track record entering students for prestigious LCM Music Theatre Singing exams with enormous success.www.chrisholland.info
Maria first joined the Wexford School of Ballet and Modern Dance at the age of three and has over 25 years of dance training in RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern and Tap Dancing. Having completed many grades and assisted with many classes the school became her second home.
No stranger to the Wexford stage Maria has been involved in numerous shows with Oyster Lane Theatre Group such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Wedding Singer, Annie, Beauty and the Best to name but a few and is also a committee member for the group holding various officer roles. Maria has also been involved in many shows with The Wexford Pantomime Society playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
Maria came back to the school for it’s 50th Anniversary Show “Reprise” in December 2015 to choreograph “Jai Ho” and went on to choreograph the St. Patricks Dance in March 2016 winning “Best Overall Performance”. She has since choreographed other pieces for the school.
Maria holds an Honours Degree in Business for Institute of Technology Carlow, along with various Business, Marketing and Public Relations qualifications from DIT and CM. She has completed her Intermediate exam and most recently received a Distinction for Promotion of Health and Safety in Dance Instruction for her Teaching Diploma under the renowned ISTD teacher and examiner Linda Sweetzer.
Jonny started dancing at the age of 12 with the Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts. Here he studied Modern, Ballet and Tap, successfully achieving ISTD Modern exams and RAD Ballet exams. On completing his Leaving Cert in St. Peter’s College Wexford, Jonny decided to pursue his hobby as a career. He began a two year tailor-made intensive course under the main tutelage of Suzanne O’Leary where he passed his vocational dance majors with flying colours, while simultaneously studying in London under renowned examiner Linda Sweetzer. Some of Jonny’s highlights with the WSBPA include: dancing the part of ‘Peter’ in ‘Peter and the Wolf’ in the National Opera House before taking the show to Tomar, Portugal for the 10th anniversary of the Zezere Arts Festival; dancing the role of Prince Desire in the Sleeping Beauty Ballet – the 50th celebration of the WSBPA in the National Opera House and choreographing ‘Hallelujah’ for ‘Reprise’ 50th Anniversary Show , in which he had the honour of bringing back many former students to grace the Dun Mhuire stage once again. Further highlights include performing with local groups and societies including Oyster Lane Theatre Group, Wexford Light Opera Society and Wexford Pantomime Society. Jonny teaches with the WSBPA and is also a freelance teacher and choreographer working with numerous stage/dance schools, primary and secondary schools and societies around the county.