Teachers

All teachers have full garda and Barnardos clearance and have completed Child Protection Awareness Programmes through the National Youth Council of Ireland.

CIARAN CONNOLLY

Ciarán trained at The Billie Barry Stage School in Dublin and spent over a decade working as a dancer in the UK and Ireland on TV, Film and major arena tours.  He has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Take That, Robbie Williams, Katherine Jenkins, Darcey Bussell, Michael Buble, Will Young and Cheryl Cole. He has appeared in many top entertainment programmes including The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing and The Royal Variety Performances to name a few. 

His first choreography credit was ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’ here at the Cork Opera House In 2009 under the direction of Bryan Flynn. He returned two year to choreograph ‘Snow White’ and this year for ‘Aladdin’. Other work includes Creative Director and Choreographer on the June Rodgers Christmas and Summer shows 2013-2017, Movement Director & Choreographer of 'Women of Ireland’ world tour 2016-2017 and created the choreography and staging for Ireland’s 2018 Eurovision entry ‘Together’ sung by Ryan O’Shaughnessy. He also works closely with Darcey Bussell developing and promoting her new choreographed fitness regime 'DDMix’.

As assistant choreographer Ciarán worked on The Daniel O Donnell Rock and Roll UK Tour, Cliff Richard's 2011 'Soulicious’ Tour, One Direction's World Stadium Tour 2014.  He was also Dance Captain and movement coordinator on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing Ceremonies.

Ciarán now has his own creative company ‘Locked Creative’ which he runs with his creative partner Johnny White. Together they are the Creative Directors and Choreographers on’ Ireland’s Got Talent’ and ‘The Voice Of Ireland’. Between them they have staged and choreographed numerous events in the UK and Ireland such as hair & fashion shows, corporate events and product launches. 

Last year he choreographed the two male dancers that appeared on stage with Ryan O’Shaughnessy when the singer represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.

His next major gig is working as assistant choreographer for the Spice Girls’ Reunion Tour.

**Ciaran will be with us for the first week of the West End Summer Camp only.***

 

SARAH MORIARTY

Sarah Moriarty began her training at Cork Arts Studio and continued her studies for 3 years at the CSN Dance course under the direction of Alan Foley. On graduating from CSN Sarah taught at the Alan Foley Academy of Dance and at the Cork School of Dance.
Sarah teaches dance in various secondary schools across the city and county and has choreographed many school shows including 'Hairspray', 'Sweet Charity' and 'Flashdance'. Sarah holds a modern dance qualification from the ISTD (The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing). Sarah specialises in modern,contemporary, commercial and lyrical dance.

KAREN WALSH

Karen began dancing as a tiny tot with Eileen Cavanagh at the age of two and a half, appearing in her first show at the tender age of 3. Since then she has studied dance under the direction of Donna Daly (Donna's Dance Studio), Mary Madden Gibson, EricGibson (Ballet Theatre Ireland) and Mary Weston (Montfort College) and completed her studies with the Royal Academy of Dance. Karen was a member of the Irish Operatic Society where she appeared in many of their productions and was assistant choreographer for'“Me and My Girl'. She taught tap dance for Ballet Theatre Ireland and for the Montfort’s before she moved to the US. While in the US she gained degrees in Theatre, Sociology and a master’s degree in Theatre Education.
While living in the States she studied dance under the direction of Keith Mottola (Steps off Broadway) in Boston. During this time she also starred in many musicals, including the role of Nancy in 'Oliver', Mrs. Johnson in 'Blood Brothers', Anytime Annie in '42nd Street' and The Orange Girl in 'Shout the Mod Musical. Karen taught ballet and tap for - Once upon A Ballet, in Charleston, South Carolina. She has now returned to Ireland to pass on the knowledge, experience and training she gained while living in the US. Karen is a qualified dance teacher through the (I.D.T.A) - International Dance Teachers Association.

NAOMI LUTTRELL

Naomi Luttrell began her training at the age of four studying many different styles including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, commercial, hip-hop and Irish. Naomi has performed in many different professional productions including many pantomimes and the touring cast of the All Star Wars.
On completion of her Leaving Certificate she attended UCC for four years. During her time there she was a member of the UCC jazz squad and each year attended, competed and won the inter-varsities competition. For the 2016 college year Naomi went back to the jazz squad and choreographed the squad’s routine for the inter-varsities competition.
After her time in UCC she attended the CSN Dance course under the direction of Jane Kellaghan studying many different styles of dance. She is a passionate and dedicated teacher with 6 years’ experience in the Sinead Sheppard School of Dance and more recently Cork Arts Studio, UCC Dance and Billie-Jean’s East Cork Stage School Rhythm Dance Company. As well as her experience in teaching; ballet, modern, jazz, commercial, hip-hop and dance gymnastics, she also has 6 years’ experience coaching in a gymnastics club. Naomi is a qualified dance teacher through the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA). She also holds a modern dance cert from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), a qualification to teach Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and DDMIX (Diverse Dance Mix).