O'LEARY

ACADEMY of

IRISH DANCING

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The O’Leary Academy of Irish dancing is based in Bournemouth, England under the direction of
Kate O’Leary TCRG.  We offer traditional Irish dance classes for both children (4+) and adults from complete beginners to the world championship stage.

Age 4+

We offer traditional Irish dance classes for both children (4+) and adults from complete beginners to the world championship stage.
Our classes are held in the Dorset areas of Bournemouth, Ferndown and Christchurch.

Every Dancer is Unique

At the O’Leary Academy of Irish Dancing we believe that every dancer is unique, therefore the needs and experiences of dancers will not be the same. We will customise your Irish dancing journey to the individual needs of each dancer.

Suitable for Everyone

You can keep fit, make new friends and have fun whilst learning a beautiful art form to competition standard if you so wish. You may also have the opportunity to enter exams, dancing shows, as well as the World Championships.

About Us

O’Leary Academy of Irish Dancing

The O’Leary Academy of Irish dancing is based in Bournemouth, England under the direction of Kate O’Leary TCRG. We offer traditional Irish dance classes for both children (4+) and adults from complete beginners to the world championship stage.

The academy was established in May 2018 with just 7 dancers. We now have over 60 dancers with over half competing at regional, national and international levels. At the O’Leary Academy of Irish dancing we believe that every dancer is unique, therefore the needs and experiences of dancers will not be the same. We will customise your Irish dancing journey to the individual needs of each dancer.

You can keep fit, make new friends and have fun whilst learning a beautiful art form to competition standard if you so wish. You may also have the opportunity to enter exams, dancing shows, as well as the World Championships. Whatever your reason for wanting to be an Irish dancer, we can help you fulfil your passion and dreams.

The O’Leary Academy of Irish Dancing is registered with the “Cumann Rince Dea Mheasa” (CRDM) governing body.

Our Classes

Something for Everyone

Beginners

Ages 4+ / Basic Movements and Timing / Soft and Heavy Shoe Dances.

Advanced

Ages 4+ / All Traditional Set Dances Taught / Major Championship Preparation / Fitness and Performance Covered

Adult

18+ / All Dances Taught / Beginners to Championship Levels

Adult Ceili

18+ / Traditional Ceili Dances Taught / Basics of Irish Dancing required.

Meet the Teacher

About Kate O’Leary TCRG

Kate O’Leary is a fully qualified Irish dance teacher (T.C.R.G), passing with honours after retiring from competitive Irish Dancing in 2015. Kate began Irish dancing at the tender age of 6 and danced for the well renowned O’Sullivan School of Irish Dancing in West London. In just a few years Kate went from a pure beginner to open championship level, being placed in the top 3 at the Great Britain and All England Championships at just 9 years old.

Whilst Kate’s love for performing and competing will always be a huge part of her life , there was always something she wanted more and that was to share her love of dance by teaching the next generation. Kate went on to complete all of her Irish dancing grading exams 1-10 with 1st Class honours and furthermore gained her TCRG title’. 

Kate is a diligent, amazing and inspiring teacher that manages to expose her dancer’s talents. During the classes I’ve learned a lot, developed new skills and always having the best time! O’Leary Academy is a family.

Thanos Keramidas - Dancer

Upcoming Events

The Irish Dancing Calendar

Swanage Festival Show

12th & 13th September 2020

St John’s Feis

19th & 20th September 2020

Aimee-Leigh Academy Feis

17th & 18th October 2020

Mulvihill Academy Feis

5th & 6th December 2020
O’Leary Academy of Irish dancing is available to hire for events and exhibitions, such as:

* Weddings
* Hen Parties
* Birthday Parties
* Festivals
* Charity Events
* Outdoor Functions
* Cruise Tours
* Theatre Shows
* Hotel and Pub Events
* Community Exhibitions

For more information and details about shows please contact us!

My daughter, Elsie, has now been dancing with Kate for 4 weeks. She is absolutely loving it! I haven’t seen her buzzing this much about something for a long time. Kate is so friendly, kind and helpful. This made a huge difference when Elsie first started as she was quite nervous about going but Kate reassured her straight away and she now looks forward to her Friday dance class all week. So glad we found this. 😊

Claire Lawton - Parent of Dancer
Get In Touch

Contact Us

Get in touch with us today to find out how you can start learning Irish Dancing. 

Contact Information

The Centre
Barns Road
Ferndown
BH22 8XH