Alan Foley’s Academy of Dance (AFAD) promotes dance as a vibrant and enjoyable art form through classes, workshops and performances in ballet, jazz and modern dance for 3 to 18 year olds. AFAD is part of Cork City Ballet (CCB) which embraces a policy of engaging dancers from international companies as well as Ireland's finest classical and contemporary dancers, to perform to audiences all over Ireland.
The Company has worked in partnership with WCAC for over 15 years, developing programmes for children which offer continuous academic development and engagement with professional dancers. Annual performances, featuring professional dancers, in Cork Opera House are an integral part of the programme.
Currently facilitated at WCAC by new dance teacher Ciara Fitzgerald, the professional dancers bring visual imagery and familiar music to engage the children and explore ways of learning the discipline of Ballet and Modern dance.
Ciara has been dancing since the age of three, competing in national competitions and performing in many professional productions. Ciara studied Performing Arts (Dance) in Colaiste Stiofain Naofa under the direction of Alan Foley. She continued her education in Inchicore College in Dublin, where she was awarded her Advanced 1 modern and her DDI (Diploma in Dance Instruction). She has been teaching dance for 6 years now in both Cork City and London and is extremely excited to be joining the team at Alan Foley Academy of Dance.
Suitable dance wear will be needed and Academy uniforms can be purchased at Molloy’s, Castle Street, Cork and Moderne on the Grand Parade, although these are not essential for new enrolments.
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Junior Ballet is the perfect stepping stone into the world of dance. Each week through a different story the class will bring ballet basics to life. Participants will enjoy walking on their toes around a magic castle, catching butterflies in an enchanted garden, pointing their feet at a snapping crocodile and jumping in icy puddles. This session places emphasis on creativity, musicality and enjoying the learning process.
Pre Primary / Primary Ballet
In each session the participants will practice exercises from a syllabus that is designed to build on the foundations of formal dance training and basic technique. Emphasis is bases on a balance of activities that will make learning enjoyable. The sessions will inspire children from beginning to end as the exercises were developed to engage children. From sailing in a boat to rocking a doll, bouncing a ball and reaching for the stars. We aim to make the fundamentals the building blocks of fun.
Grade 2 / Grade 4 / Senior Ballet
In these sessions we teach ballet in a more formal manner. Each session begins with exercises practiced at the barre. The class moves to the centre where we practice exercises designed to improve balance, strength and coordination. The sessions progress to movements such as turns, pirouettes and faster jumps and leaps before finishing with a cool down and some stretching. Senior students will also practice pointe work.
Modern dance is also known as Modern Theatre Dance and is the type of dancing seen in musicals such as Chicago, The Lion King and Fame as well as numerous pop videos. These sessions are perfect for energetic children who enjoy moving, stretching, jumping and interacting with other children while enhancing an appreciation for music.
Jazz/Modern is a fast paced energetic dance. A typical jazz session will involve a warm up then moves on to learning separate moves such as turns, jumps and leaps that travel across the studio. A short routine is taught in stages to pop, hip hop and rock music finishing with some stretching and a cool down.
Term 1 - Wednesday 6 September to 17 January (excluding 1 November, 25 December and 3 January)
Term 2 - Wednesday 24 January to 6 June (exluding 21 February) plus rehearsal and performance
2.45 – 3.30 Ballet (primary) €166
3.30 – 4.15 Ballet (intermediate 1) €166
4.15 - 5.15 Modern (intermediate 2)€211
5.15 - 6.15 Ballet (intermediate) €211
6.15 - 7.15 Jazz (senior) €211
7.15 - 8.15 Ballet (senior) €211
Fees for 2 hour session: €367
From time to time Alan Foley Academy of Dance will issue letters directly to parents with changes to the programme.
Fees vary according to level and for more information and booking contact West Cork Arts Centre 028 22090 or email