Principal, Darcy dance
Louise brings over 30 years of knowledge from a broad range of dance genres with specific emphasis on Classical Ballet and Modern Theatre Dance to her pupils and audiences. Her experience covers performing, teaching, mentoring, choreography, theatre production and direction plus the running of a busy dance school.
“becoming Principal of my own school is the culmination of years of hard work, experience and dedication which allows me to promote my love of dance to the wider community and encourage others to reach their full potential”.
Louise studied and trained in Classical Ballet with many schools including the College of Dance, the Dublin Russian Ballet Academy and the Martha Graham School New York. Her range of study in classical ballet technique includes Royal Academy, Imperial Ballet and Russian Ballet Classical technique and repetoire.
Louise holds her DDE in teaching and her Associate teaching qualification in Classical Ballet plus her Imperial Ballet Advanced Two from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, London (I.S.T.D.).
A Graduate in Anatomy and Physiology from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Chicago, Louise is also a qualified Pilates Instructor and Personal Fitness Trainer with a specific interest in the prevention of injury in dance and sport.
Louise has developed a dance programme specifically for transition year students in Secondary school to encourage arts education, appreciation and the development of essential life skill.
Louise’s dance career includes performances in Musicals, NY Lyrical Dance Company and Modern Ballet before choosing to study anatomy and teach ballet. Louise is currently taking further training with the ISTD and continues to dance with Sharon Vandermerwe, Artistic Director of Ballet Áthas and Louise recently performed a Black Swan solo in 2019 at the O’Reilly Theatre as part of Ballet Áthas Adult Company Ensemble event, living her message “if you want to dance, then dance – let nobody and nothing stop you!”
Aoife started dancing ISTD ballet and modern dance with Anne Campbell Crawford at the Dublin School of Classical and Contemporary Dance. She was a member of Irish National Youth Ballet Company for ten years performing classical ballets in theatres around Ireland.
Aoife’s favourite roles danced were Clara in the Nutcracker and Swanhilda in the ballet Copelia. Aoife attended summer workshops at London Studio Centre and The Central School of Ballet. She went on to study Marketing at Dublin Institute of Technology and then studied yoga therapy with Yoga Therapy Ireland.
Aoife is a marketer by day and enjoys teaching both ballet and yoga classes. In 2018 year she became a member of Ballet Athas, adult ensemble company.
Dance has been a constant source of joy for Aoife and she is delighted to be a part of Darcy School of Dance.
She commenced her training with Corrib Dance Academy and Antoinette Casserly School of Dance in Galway, participating in various theatre performances. Eilish holds her Intermediate Classical Ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance.
She is currently taking a Diploma in Dance Education with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance at Inchicore College of Further Education. Eilish has completed a QQI award in Dance with distinction where she studied and performed various dance styles including classical modern theatre and contemporay dance. She took part in an Erasumas Choreographic Residency programme in Paris in 2019.
Dance and teaching has always been her passion.