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 extensively 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 received Honours in all her RAD and ISTD major examinations at WSBPA, won a scholarship to the Kirov Summer School in Russia and was one of the first Irish students to be accepted into English National Ballet School and later Company.
Miriam Bowe recieved honours in her RAD and ISTD major examinations,won a scholarship to The Kirov in Russia,won The RAD Sindy scholarship and was accepted into Rambert London.
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.
Maria Gore has over 25 years of dance experience, and has passed all of her RAD & ISTD dance examinations. She has studied under renowned examiner Linda Sweetzer at Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training College.
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.
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.
Dance enables you to find yourself and lose yourself at the same time
What WSBPA means to me…
The WSBPA is a place where I have made a million memories over my 14 years here and each one never fails to bring a smile to my face. From seemingly endless rehearsals, to buckets of ice for my feet and every moment of friendship in between – I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I know that the friends I have made here will always have a place in my heart. I really didn’t know when I walked in the door aged 5 for the first time that I would have tears in my eyes leaving it, 14 years later.
My favourite memories of my childhood and teenage years are of evenings spent in the studio in John Street with some of the best people, who soon became a second family. The best years of my life I’m sure! x
WSBPA was like my second family growing up. I started as a little 3 year old and I grew up here. Most of my fondest memories have happened here in WSBPA and I’m so thankful to all the teachers that helped me throughout the years to grow and mature. I know that the friends and memories I’ve made here will be my lifelong friends. Dance has bonded us in a way that’s difficult to describe. WSBPA has reared all of us Honohans and I can’t thank you all enough.
Couldn’t be better in any way, teachers go above and beyond, Never want to leave.
THE WORLD! A place where you can truly be yourself and also discover who you are. The people you meet will stay with you for life – there’s no bond quite like a bond made through the love of dancing. Thank you for the most wonderful memories! 🙂
The strongest of friendships and unforgettable memories. For me, dance is for life now and I have WSBPA to thank for that.
WSBPA is a place where i have learned valuable life lessons. I have been taught the importance of hard work and discipline, dedication and perseverance. WSBPA is a home away from home where i have been show that family isn’t just limited to bloodline.
The WSBPA has been my second home since I was 3. Words cannot explain how special the WSBPA is to me. So many memories and opportunities I will cherish forever. It’s a special place with wonderful friends and teachers.
It has given me the confidence to do what I love and has taught me so much about performing. I have been taught things I would never learn anywhere else. I have been treated so well and always love coming to singing and dancing class. This is my favourite place to be and WSBPA means the world to me.
WSBPA means everything. The school and staff gave me more than just dancing lessons. It gave me life lessons that I will never forget.
To me, WSBPA is my childhood. Your classmates slowly grow into family, teachers become like second parents and the studio becomes your second home if not your first! The WSBPA will always hold a special place in my heart and mind with unforgettable memories with people that I know will be my friends for life.
The WSBPA has been such a huge part of my childhood. In my time here I have learned so much more than ballet and modern dance. I have made life-long friends here and will never forget the great moments I have had here, both on and off the stage.