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Our Teaching Staff

Our teachers are qualified and registered with the Royal Academy of Dancing, London and with the Imperial Society of Dance, London. Teachers hold a dipolma in anatomy/child physiology and certificates in First Aid, child protection and are Garda vetted.

Suzanne O’ Leary

RAD, DIP, DEG, AISTD

Suzanne has choreographed, produced or directed over 200 shows to date. A lover of Musical Theatre and Ballets, she is most at home when working on the stage or behind the scenes. This is why she chose a career that leads her from one amazing project to another. Suzanne’s dance training began at the age of three with the Wexford School of Ballet and Modern Dance; by age ten she had started RAD major training in Dublin and at fifteen had moved to England where she completed her RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern and National Dance majors. 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 & 6 levels of Des. 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 then on her return to Wexford in 1988 continued this training in Wexford, with her students receiving the highest results in Ireland. Suzanne’s students also won many awards and scholarships, 3 of them travelling to the Kirov Ballet School in Russia.Suzanne’s past students have been accepted into English National Ballet School, English National Ballet Company, Rambert Ballet, Laine Theatre Arts, Doreen Bird, Performers, Arts Ed, PPA, Laban London, Elmhurst and many more prestigious colleges in London. At this time 3 of Suzanne’s students are studying Musical Theatre in London & many of Suzanne’s students have written their own success stories, dancing professionally abroad and opening their own dance schools.

Suzanne has a passion for hard work and achieving only the best in the individual. A firm believer in discipline and preparation, but also a true believer in the love of stage and all the fabulous attributes it brings to a young performer. Suzanne runs the Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts in Wexford, Enniscorthy and New Ross.

Suzanne has been resident choreographer with Wexford Pantomime Society since 1989, and has received an honorary award for years dedicated to the Society. She is also an honorary

Suzanne has a passion for hard work and achieving only the best in the individual. A firm believer in discipline and preparation, but also a true believer in the love of stage and all the fabulous attributes it brings to a young performer. Suzanne runs the Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts in Wexford, Enniscorthy and New Ross.

Suzanne has been resident choreographer with Wexford Pantomime Society since 1989, and has received an honorary 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. Suzanne is a nominated Aims award winner for her choreography of Hairspray the musical.

Ann O’ Leary

RAD, ISTD – Child Liaison Officer

This year, Ann O’Leary will celebrate over five decades of tutoring aspiring young dancers with many of them going on to successful dance careers. Ann trained in Dublin and at The Hammond School London and then returning bringing ballet to Wexford for the first time. 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 weekly and all is rosy in the garden as long as Mrs. O’Leary is there.”

Emma Molloy

RAD, ISTD

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 teacher with the WSBPA and also freelances.

Sinead Reck

RAD, ISTD, PBT

Sinead started dancing at the age of 5 with Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts. During her training her she studied Ballet, Modern and Tap, taking her examinations in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern with the school. On completing secondary school in Loreto, Wexford, she embarked on a Law Degree finishing with a BA Honours. She continued to dance throughout her studies, and finally decided to further her dance career. She successfully auditioned for Inchicore College of Further Education where she successfully passed her Diploma in Dance Instruction and obtained her Diploma in Dance Education both from the ISTD. Sinéad has also received a Certificate in Dance Education fro the Royal Aaemy of Dance, London . Sinéad received a scholarship from the Leonardo Da Vinci Trust to attend an intensive dance programme in Vienna in the summer of 2011. During her studies in Inchicore, Sinead continued to work with as an Assistant Teacher with WSBPA, while also performing and acting as Dance Captain with Wexford Light Opera Society and Oyster Lane Theatre Group, and Wexford Pantomime Society, where she has also acted as Assistant Choreographer. Sinead is a qualified teacher of Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and is Resident Dance Teacher with Scoil Mhuire Primary School, Coolcotts. Sinéad is also a freelance dance teacher for adults and kids.

Chris Holland

LCM Fellowship – Singing Coach

Chris Holland 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 Gore

ISTD

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 from 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 & was recently signed off on her Observations by the ISTD for her Teaching Diploma under the renowned ISTD teacher and examiner Linda Sweetzer.

Jonny Smith

ISTD

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. One of Jonny’s highlights with the WSBPA was dancing the part of ‘Peter’ in ‘Peter and the Wolf’ in the National Opera House in conjunction with Wexford Sinfonia before taking the show to Tomar, Portugal for the 10th Anniversary of the Zezere Arts Festival. On completing his Leaving Cert in St. Peter’s College Wexford, Jonny decided to pursue his hobby as a career. He began a tailor-made intensive course under the main tutelage of Suzanne O’Leary where he passed his vocational dance majors with flying colours. He is also currently furthering his dance education by studying with London-based examiner Linda Sweetzer. He is a dance teacher and choreographer who works with numerous dance and stage schools around the South East, including Superstars Stage Academy, Centre Stage School of Ballet & Performing Arts and the Corish-Wallace Performing Arts School. He has also worked and performed with many local groups such as Oyster Lane Theatre Group, Wexford Pantomime Society and Wexford Light Opera Society. Jonny also spreads his love of dance and the performing arts by teaching in many primary and secondary schools and community groups around Wexford. He is resident dance teacher with Windmill Therapeutic and also works with Wexford Local Development Children & Young Peoples Services. Jonny believes dance is for everybody and offers ballet and modern fusion classes for adults (info on Facebook @JonnySmithDance), wedding first dances, one-to-one tuition and flashmobs.

Sorcha O’Connor

BA Honours Trinity Laban

Sorcha started her dancing with Wexford School of Ballet & Performing Arts from a very young age where she did Ballet, Modern and Tap. From there she went onto study dance at Inchicore College of Further Education in 2009. It was there she found her love of Contemporary dance and joined Dublin Youth Dance Company. In 2011 Sorcha moved to London and began her BA Hons Degree at Trinity Laban where she studied many Contemporary techniques such as Graham, Cunningham, Release and Limon. She also worked with other areas of Contemporary such as choreography, Laban Notation and improvisation. She worked with many world renowned Contemporary artists such as Richard Alston and Rosemary Butcher and performed their works in the Bonnie Bird Theatre. With Rosemary Butcher’s work she travelled to Tel Aviv, Israel to perform in 2014.

Karen Williams

ARAD PDTD RTS, AISTD DDE

Karen trained as a Senior Associate of The Royal Ballet School and then full time at Elmhurst Ballet School. She graduated with a National Diploma in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance. She is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Her professional theatre credits include; Dirty Dancing, Aldwych Theatre, (Penny, Vivian and Mrs. Shumacher), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, UK Tour, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, UK Tour, Hello Dolly! Theatre Royal, Lincoln, Cats, German and Swiss Tour, (Victoria-White Cat), New English Contemporary Ballet (Soloist), Cats, UK Tour (Swing).

In 2010 Karen opened her own school Leotards and Monologues which she runs with her husband. She teaches at The Debbie Allen School of Dance, and is in great demand teaching workshops and seminars all over Ireland and the UK

Éilish Coady

Éilish started her dance training at the age of 3 in Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Irish Dancing. She progressed her classical training as a Royal Ballet School Associate from Junior to Senior level before gaining a scholarship to Bird College of Dance and Musical Theatre Performance, London. Since graduating in 2009, Éilish spent many years working for The Walt Disney Company, as a Parade Dancer & Character Performer, including playing some of Disney’s best known and loved characters in Disneyland Paris, France and Tokyo Disney Resort Japan. Her Princess performing roles included: Cinderella, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty & Rapunzel.

Since moving back to Ireland, Éilish has performed with the Wexford Pantomime Society, Oyster Lane Theatre Group, Wexford Light Opera Society and New Ross Musical Society.

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