Alan Foley Academy of Dance

Alan Foley's Academy of Dance with Rebekka Simon
TERM 1
8 September 2021 to 12 January 2022 (Excluding 27 October, 22 December and 29 December)
11 rescheduled classes from September 2020 term - 8 September 2021 to 24 November 2021 - Available for those who had booked and paid for September 2020 term.
Fees are due for the final 5 weeks of this term for any current students. 

2.15 – 3.30 Dance Performance Ballet/Modern/Contemporary €240
3.45 – 4.45 Primary Ballet/Modern €170
5.00 - 6.15 Grade 2 to 4 Ballet/Modern €240
6.30 - 8.30 Senior Ballet/Modern/Contemporary €370

Like many other organisations we are doing our utmost to recover from the consequences of lockdown and respond to the changing COVID restrictions while delivering all the services as safely as possible. Please read the current guidelines for attending dance at Uillinn here. Also please ensure you have completed the COVID 19 Declaration Form located here before class commences. 

Confirming your attendance is an essential part of our safety measures. Students will not be allowed to attend classes without booking in advance. Contact Louise at Uillinn 028 22090 or go through the WhatsApp group. All updates and news will be through the Group Chat. If you do not have this app please contact reception to make alternative plans for communications.

About Alan Foley Academy of Dance at Uillinn

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 The Everyman in Cork are an integral part of the programme.

This year we welcome Rebekka Simon who studied dance at the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden, Germany for 6 years. Subjects included ballet and point-work, modern and contemporary dance, jazz and improvisation. During this time she worked with choreographers such as John Neumeier, Birgit Scherzer and Hanne Wantke. She also performed in ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Semper Opera House in Dresden.

After seven years working as dancer in Germany, she performed in various theatrical musicals and dance shows such as “Fame”, “Kiss me Kate”, “Hair”, and “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. She moved to Cork in 2018, where she completed the full time dance course at Colaiste Stiofain Naofa. She also joined the Cork Youth Ballet Company during her studies at CSN Dance.

Rebekka is always curious about learning new dance skills and improving her techniques, and exploring new movements. Over the last two years she has participated in dance master-classes with Inma Pavon, Mathilde Gilhet and the James Wilton Dance Company. In 2019, she attended an Intensive Teacher Training Workshop at the Martha Graham School in New York, hosted by Virginie Mecene. She is a member of the Circus Factory Cork, where she practices Acrobatics and teaches a Contemporary Floor Work dance class for adults.

Rebekka is delighted to be joining the teaching faculty at the Alan Foley Academy of Dance and is looking forward to giving all our students the opportunity and encouragement to explore themselves through dance and to be at one with space, music and their own body.

Suitable dance wear will be needed and Academy uniforms can be purchased directly at Molloy’s, Castle Street, Cork and Moderne Dance, Cornmarket Street Shopping Centre, Cork, although these are not essential for new enrolments.

Ballet

Pre Primary Ballet
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.

Primary / Junior 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 and Jazz Dance

Dance Performance
The purpose of this class is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to perform dance sequences in a mixture of genres and styles, using technical dance skills as part of a group.

Modern Dance
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 Dance
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.

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