Mayo School of Ballet

 

Mayo School of Ballet & Performing Arts provide classical dance training to children and young adults. The school is affiliated with the International Dance Teachers Association taking part in certified examination sessions biyearly, alternating with a school performance. Previous productions have taken place in the Linen Hall, Town Hall Westport and Royal Theatre. 

Classes are taught on a weekly basis using the IDTA Syllabi and students are encouraged to prepare for examinations. This process teaches students correct technique, performance skills, discipline and a goal to strive for. Students can take exams from the age of 5 years up to advanced level.

 

PRINCIPAL

Sarah Callaghan - Associate & Licentiate IDTA, Dip He Musical Theatre, BASI Pilates

 

Sarah moved to Ireland in 2009 after training and working in London England, performing in West End Musicals and professional Dance Companies.

She started her dance training at a young age in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. She was awarded a scholarship to the London Studio Centre where she trained for three years in dance and musical theatre. Whilst at college, Sarah was classically trained by Brenda Last, Jane Sanig and Heather Walker and graduated with a Diploma of Higher Education in Dance and Musical Theatre.

Since graduating Sarah has been a member of the BOP Dance Company directed and choreographed by Dollie Henry, toured the UK with West End Musicals Godspell, My Fair Lady and 42nd Street. She also performed leading roles in Annie and Beauty and the Beast in Dublin and Cork.

Sarah has taught in many dance schools and institutes including Arts Education Saturday School in London, a variety of schools around Dublin, Cois Ceim & Ballet Mistress for the Irish National Youth Ballet Company.

Sarah is now honoured to be Principal of the Mayo School of Ballet.

 

Sarah joined the Mayo School of Ballet in January 2014 after the sudden death of Una Donlon. She hopes to continue the quality standard of teaching that Una set and would like to bring Una's plans of expanding the school to life.