Alan Foley Academy of Dance

Alan Foley's Academy of Dance with Ciara Fitzgerald
Wednesdays 16 September 2020 to 13 January 2021, start date dependant on current guidelines. 
2.30 – 3.30 Dance Performance €210
3.45 – 4.30 Primary Ballet €170
4.45 - 6.00 Grade 2 to 4 Ballet/Modern €240
6.15 - 8.15 Senior Ballet/Jazz €370

Booking is essential and part of our safety measures. Students will not be allowed to attend classes without booking in advance. If you are interested in putting your name down for a place please contact West Cork Arts Centre 028 22090 or email
If you have received a text with an offer of a place for September 2020, please complete the enrolment form here and read the current guidelines for attending dance at Uillinn here. Also please ensure you have completed the COVID 19 Declaration Form located here. 
From time to time Alan Foley Academy of Dance will issue letters directly to parents with changes to the programme.

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.

Currently facilitated at WCAC by dance teacher Ciara Fitzgerald, who brings 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). 

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


Junior 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.

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 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.

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.
We are aware that at the point of closure, there were eight remaining classes in the term and we are delighted to have been able to work with AFAD to reschedule and deliver these classes last week under the phase 3 reopening guidelines. In addition to replacing the lost hours of dance, we set up new WhatsApp groups to stay connected, Ciara also delivered a five week series of zoom classes throughout June to keep the young people dancing and connectected with their friends after home school finished. 
On receiving the most recent government advice, we have now published our new programme for AFAD at Uillinn in September (see above). As the distance guidelines remain at 2 meters we are sadly no longer able to offer the same number of places at Uillinn.
Unfortunately there were some students unable to avail of the zoom in June, replacement classes in August and or/ obtain a place on Uillinn's September programme or AFAD programmes in Bantry or Clonakilty. For these students we would like to offer a refund.
If you think you are eligible for a refund, then please submit this form. We will respond as soon as possible. The deadline for application for refunds is 20 September 2020.

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