Director and Teacher: Ann Coffey Tighe
Ann took her first Classical Ballet class at age four with Clodagh Foley, founder of Castleknock School of Dance, where she passed all Royal Academy of Dance examinations to Vocational Intermediate level by age 17. While continuing to train in Castleknock she also attended classes with Patricia Joan Mc.Carthy to further her studies to Advanced level and became a full member of the Royal Academy of Dance. She also successfully took vocational examinations of the Imperial Ballet branch of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and with Clodagh Foley and Paddi Dowling, became among the first students in Ireland to take the Vocational Examinations of the Modern Theatre Dance branch of the ISTD.
During her student years, Ann attended classes at the Hammond School, Chester and took Master classes with the late David Gordon of the Irish National Ballet Company. At age 14 she was accepted as a member of the Dublin Ballet Club. She performed regularly and toured Ireland with the club. She also performed at the Gaiety theatre Dublin with the Dublin Grand Opera Society. At age 15 she auditioned and was offered a place at the Upper School of the Royal Ballet School, London, for Teacher Training, which she declined.
She completed the RAD Teaching Diploma at Inchicore College , taking examinations in Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology and Child Development, History of Dance and Music in relation to the teaching of Dance. She furthered her interest in Child psychology by studying the Montessori Method of education and was awarded the Certificate in Montessori teaching with first class Distinction.
In 1974, Ann established Killester School of Ballet and has dedicated herself to this work for the last forty years. From 1990 – 98 she worked with Clodagh Foley in St. Mary’s School for Deaf Girls, Cabra, teaching dance to severe and profoundly deaf girls , some with multiple disabilities. Through this experience, she has been able to accept children with special needs into Killester School of Ballet. Ann became a member of the Regional Advisory Committee of the Royal Academy of Dance for Ireland and N. Ireland in 2002 and was Chair of the committee from 2006 to 2009 , regularly representing the views of Irish RAD teachers at sub-committee meetings in London. She is a member of the RAC’s sub – committee for education, which is striving to have Dance recognised by the Dept. of Education as a subject in the mainstream Leaving Certificate programme. Ann has recently been appointed as an official RAD mentor for student teachers on the CBTS course.
Teacher: Lisa Tighe
BA(hons) Dance Theatre, ARADRTS, ISTDDDE
Ballet and Contemporary Dance
Lisa has studied classical ballet in Killester School of Ballet and Modern Dance since age 3 and has been successful in all Royal Academy of Dance Graded and Vocational Graded examinations to Advanced 2 level. She studied ISTD Ballet and Modern Theatre Dance in Castleknock School of Dance and passed all Graded and Vocational Graded examinations to Advanced level. Having successfully achieved the Advanced 2 examination, Lisa became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance
On completion of the Leaving Certificate, Lisa was accepted on the Dance Studies course in Inchicore College, Dublin. Here she successfully completed her RAD teaching certificate in Classical Ballet and ISTD teaching examinations in Imperial Ballet and Modern Theatre Dance. During her three years at the college, Lisa also studied Contemporary Dance and was a founding member of the Core Dance Company, performing in various venues in Dublin and Limerick. She was accepted as an apprentice with Chrysalis Dance Company in 2005 and performed in their production of “Strings” choreographed by Artistic Director Judith Sibley and music by Paddy Casey. This production toured Dublin, Tralee, Galway and Monaghan.
Following the completion of these studies Lisa successfully auditioned for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London and in the Autumn of 2007 began the three year BA(hons) Dance Theatre course. During her time in Laban Lisa studied Classical Ballet and various Contemporary techniques including Graham, Cunningham, Release and Limón. She has also studied Choreography and her second year piece was chosen to be performed in the Bonnie Bird Theatre as part of the BA2 Choreography Showcase.
Since graduating with Ba(hons) Dance Theatre in 2010 Lisa has been working in Ireland as an RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern Theatre and Contemporary Dance Teacher as well as working as an Independent Contemporary Dance Artist. Since returning home Lisa has worked with companies and choreographers including Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Protien Dance Company (UK), Liz Roche (IRL), John Jasperse (USA) and Emma Martin Dance (IRL).
Lisa was Dance Artist in Residence 2013/14 at RUA RED South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght. During this residency Lisa choreographed a full length solo piece from which she has now creating a series of short dance films, 'Dublin, A City Speaks of Love' which was chosen to be shown as part of Light Moves Film Festival 2016, Limerick.
Teacher: Sarah Brophy
Modern Theatre Dance
Sarah has been the resident Modern Theatre teacher in Killester school of Ballet and Modern Theatre dance since 2002. Her background is not only in Modern Theatre but also in Ballet, Musical Theatre, Tap and Hip hop – having studied these forms of dance since childhood. She completed many examinations, competitions and performances in these areas and we are delighted to have this experience on the team here in Killester.
Sarah is fully qualified in both Modern Theatre Dance and Imperial Ballet (FDI & CDE) with the ISTD. In addition to this Sarah holds a BA from Trinity College Dublin and is a fully qualified primary school teacher – skills which have certainly stood to her in the studio!
Teacher: Laura O'Callaghan
Laura has been studying at Killester School of Ballet since the age of 6 and has been successful in Royal Academy of Dance graded examinations up to and including the Grade 8 Award and Vocational Graded examinations up to and including Advanced 2 Level. In 2002 she began her study of ISTD Modern Theatre Dance. She has received all Modern Awards , has successfully completed ISTD Vocational Graded examinations and is currently working at Advanced level. Laura has a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree and is presently working as a primary school teacher.
Laura completed the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) in 2012.
Guest Teacher: Ruth O'Callaghan
BA MSc RADRTS
Ruth has been studying at Killester School of Ballet since age 7 and has been successful in Royal Academy of Dance graded examinations up to and including Grade 8 Award and Vocational examinations. She commenced her training in ISTD Modern Theatre Dance in 2002 and has completed all Modern Awards and Vocational Graded examinations to Advanced level.
Ruth has completed up to Grade 8 RIAM examinations in piano. She has completed a BA in Humanities from St. Patrick’s College and in 2008 she completed an MSc in Multimedia from DCU. In 2013 she completed the Higher Diploma in Education (Primary Teaching) and is presently working as a primary school teacher.
Ruth completed the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies in 2010. She is currently living and teaching in Ennis, Co. Clare.