Our Derrybeg 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.

Derrybeg School Hall, Derrybeg

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.

Physical Benefits

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.

Developmental Benefits

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.

Artistic Benefits

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 & Timetable

We are currently running classes at 4 venues in County Donegal.

Hover your mouse over the Derrybeg Dance timetable below for days, times & venues, or check out our full timetable here.
DerrybegMonday3:30pm - 8:30pm


Featured Testimonial

My daughter has been with The Forristal school of Dance for 10 years studying Ballet Modern and Jazz. The dance school is a huge part of her life and she plans on studying dance as a profession.

Deirdre is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who brings out the best in all her dancers.

caroline mc fadden

Private & Zoom Classes

We also take private classes by appointment, and offer Zoom video classes during the COVID restrictions.

Key Benefits

  • 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