Past Students

One of the first of the students to go professional was Colette Maguire, Enniscorthy, after she had taken her elementary RAD major exams, she headed to England for two years to complete her teacher training exams – she now runs her own academy in Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Emma Molloy then completed her elementary major exams and was successfully accepted to the Doreen Bird College, London. From there, she danced professionally touring as far as Japan on one occasion. She returned to England, where she taught extensivly with various dance academys and now we are very fortunate that she has returned to Wexford, and is now teaching for the Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts.

Dara Pierce was the next to go. But first she received honours in her pre-elementary and elementary Royal Academy ballet examinations. She was the first Irish girl ever to be accepted into the English National Ballet School in London.

Miriam Bowe is another pupil to receive honours in a major ballet examination and also the winner of the Royal Academy Sindy scholarship, and of three consecutive arts council grants. Both Miriam and Dara won Scholarships to the Kirov School in Moscow.  Miriam was accepted into Rambert Ballet School.

Another pupil Edel Quinlan, who has been with the school since the tender age of three, is now a qualified RAD teacher after completing three years at the Inchincore College Dublin. She is currently running her own school in Waterford.

Paul Doyle was a pupil for many years, furthering his studies at Inchicore College where he completed his training, and then returned to the Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts where he taught for 10 years. He is now an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).

Clare Daly has graduated from Laban London and is now dancing professionally abroad.

Sinead Reck  completed her final year of Inchicore College gaining her teaching certificate ISTD Modern & RAD Ballet. Sinead is now part WSBPA  teaching faculty.

Sorcha O’Connor was accepted into Laban London.

Sam O’Shea has been accepted into Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts London.

Aisling Reardon has been accepted into U.C.C to study her BA Honours in Musical Theatre.

In 2016, Megan Power secured a place in Arts Ed College London and Aisling Jones on securing her place in Performance Academy, Guildford.

Jonny Smith 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 at Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training College. 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.

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