Alison Cronin Dance Academy opened in September 1988, with its main objectives being to offer children and teenagers a professional training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern Theatre, Tap, Contemporary and Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) in a fun and safe environment. All Students are encouraged to reach their full potential, build their confidence and creative skills. Students are given opportunities to perform in our annual shows and local performances including Charity Events, Fashion Shows and Festive Occasions. Students are also prepared for Ballet Examinations with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D), an internationally recognised professional teaching organisation.
Our highly trained and qualified teachers have a wealth of experience in teaching and performing. We have a passion for the art of dance and for helping others discover their inner dancer.
MEET THE TEAM
Behind every dancer who believes in themselves, is a teacher who believed in them first.
Our teaching team is passionate about the development of dance and performance in Ireland. Our aim is to encourage our students to gain an understanding and appreciation of dance in a safe, friendly, relaxed environment under the guidance of professionally trained and qualified teachers. Continue browsing our team profiles below to learn more.
Ballet A.I.S.T.D / A.I.D.T.A
Alison’s early dancing days began at the Dorothy Marshall School of Dancing in London. Having relocated to Ireland with her family Alison was accepted into the Irish National College of Dance which was affiliated to the Dublin City Ballet Company. During her time at National College of Dance her performance credits included; ‘Nutcracker Ballet Suite’ The Olympia Theatre, ‘Les Sylphides’ The Pavillion Theatre, and various promotional events and fashion shows.
Following this Alison was offered a scholarship to train with Joan Denise Moriarty at her Cork School and the opportunity to perform with The Cork Ballet Company where her credits included; ‘Snow Ballet Queen’ and ‘Night of Stars’ Cork Opera House. Alison then decided to audition for full-time dance training in England and was offered a place at Northern Ballet School in Manchester, where she studied for three years on the teacher training course where she gained her qualifications. This course covered all aspects of dance and subjects such as; Ballet, National Dance, Contemporary, Jazz and Tap, as well as teacher training classes, child development, anatomy, history of dance, dance notation, music theory and drama. During her training Alison was also given the opportunity to perform in several productions with Northern Ballet Theatre Company, the most memorable being Swan Lake with Rudolf Nureyev as the principal soloist.
Alison graduated from the Northern Ballet School with a teacher training diploma in Ballet, Modern and National Dance in affiliation with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
Alison regularly attends course with the I.S.T.D to enhance her continuous professional development.
B.A. (Hons), Dip.
Ballet / Jazz / Contemporary/ PBT
Jessica began her training at the age of 3 under the guidance of her mum, Alison Cronin. At the age of 18 Jessica was accepted into the internationally renowned Bird College of Dance and Performance in London where she studied for four years. Whilst training Jessica performed in various productions including “Kristine Urich, A Chorus Line” Bird College, “Roxie Hart, Chicago” Bird College and “Daisy, Cirque” at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford. Jessica graduated from Bird College of Dance and Performance in 2016 with a Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre. Following on from this, Jessica furthered her qualifications, gaining a B.A Hons Degree in Professional Practice of Arts specialising in Dance. After moving back to Ireland she began teaching for Dara Pierce at The Ballet Academy Wexford whilst also teaching workshops in Jazz and Musical Theatre in various different schools around Ireland. Jessica has developed a Dance and Movement program which she teaches in Pre-Schools, Primary and Secondary Schools. Jessica also teaches all of the Jazz classes at the Lucy French School of Dance, Kinsale. At present she is studying to gain her Associate in Modern Theatre with the Imperial Society of teachers of dancing, she regularly attends courses at the Royal Ballet School, London and in 2019 became a Certified Progressing Ballet Technique teacher. Jessica teaches Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Progressing Ballet Technique and Adult Ballet Bootcamp at the Alison Cronin Dance Academy.