Join our Dance Classes
We teach RAD Classical Ballet and ISTD Theatre Modern, Jazz & Tap Dance. Students are entered for Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Assessments and Exams, and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance Modern Assessments and Exams.
We perform our dance production every second year in An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny.
Dance is the hidden language of the soul…Martha Graham
Benefits of Dance
Many different types of dance classes are available for children, from modern dance, ballet, tap and jazz to dance that celebrates unique, ethnic and cultural traditions. What's the most important thing for parents to keep in mind when choosing a dance class? It's that research has proven that dance provides physical, developmental and artistic benefits to your child.
Students build muscle strength while increasing flexibility. Young dancers develop a sense of balance and improve agility and coordination. Importantly, children also develop body awareness and learn correct posture.
These benefits extend beyond a student's involvement with dance, helping youth involved in other disciplines, such as sports and martial arts. Studies have shown that physical activity helps children relieve stress and feel relaxed.
It also is a great way to help your child develop a positive lifelong attitude about staying active and healthy.
Dance classes are fun and a great way to meet new friends. Young dancers develop essential social skills through interaction with other students. Group choreography fosters teamwork, communication, trust and cooperation.
Dance also has been proven to nurture important life skills, such as discipline and focus. Dancers naturally display confidence, self-esteem and poise. These skills are developed through participating in dance performances.
One of the greatest benefits of dance is that it sparks a child's imagination and nurtures individual creativity in a unique way. Dance classes share the joy of physical self-expression in a supportive and structured setting.
This can have a positive impact on children who have limited physical abilities, who act out or who have a difficult time sitting still. Involving children in dance also teaches the basic elements of creative movement, such as time, space, rhythm and design.
While people may not be as familiar with modern dance as with ballet or jazz, modern dance in particular honours the creative spirit and celebrates the individual. Modern dance does not simply conform to conventional movements, shapes and patterns.
Instead, it requires the young dancer to learn movement from the inside out, nurturing the body and focusing the mind.
Venues & TimetableHover your mouse over the timetable below for days, times & venues.
|Derrybeg||Monday||3:30pm - 8:30pm|
|Glassagh||Tuesday||4:00pm - 8:00pm|
|Glassagh||Wednesday||3:30pm - 6:05pm|
|Dungloe||Thursday||2:40pm - 9:30pm|
|Falcarragh||Friday||3:30pm - 6:30pm|
I am delighted to be involved with The Forristal School of Dance, acting as back stage manager in several of the fabulous shows. Deirdre is passionate about her role, so creative, super organised and a great asset to our community.ita gallagher
Private & Zoom Classes
- Build Muscle Strength
- Increase Flexibility
- Increase Agility & Coordination
- Develop Body Awareness
- Relive Stress & Anxiety
- Stay Active & Healthy
- Foster Teamwork & Cooperation
- Improve Communication & Trust
- Encourage Self-Expression
There is one final reason to get your child dancing...
Research proves there is a strong link between involvement in the arts and increased educational achievement. In fact, one study showed that students who participate in the arts are not only more likely to participate in a maths and science fair, but also out-perform their peers in state exams.
These educational benefits are gained by students regardless of their socio-economic status. There's sure to be a dance class that fits your child's interests and your schedule, so why wait?
Enrol your child in a dance class. The lessons she or he learns will last a lifetime.