Children are accepted to ballet classes from 3½ years.
Students are entered for R.A.D graded and vocational examinations and I.S.T.D. modern dance examinations and medal awards. We have a biennial show.
Aedeen O'Hagan started ballet at the age of 7 in the local ballet school in Bray with Annette Hynes, who had connections with The Abbey Theatre School of Ballet established by the famous Ninette de Valois who also founded The Royal Academy of Dance.
After attending a summer school at The Royal Academy of Dance London at the age of 14, Aedeen was determined to continue her dance studies. She then went on to study dance at the Hammond in Chester, completing her teacher training and becoming a registered teacher for RAD.
On returning from Chester Aedeen joined the Ballet Club based in the Tin Church, Ranelagh and danced in shows held in the Player Wills Theatre Dublin, while establishing schools in Tullamore, Portlaoise, Carlow and Kilkenny. She also danced with the Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society's production of The Merry Widow in the Gaeity Theatre, Dublin. Aedeen choreographed for various musical societies as a young teacher, but found teaching ballet more rewarding.
Thirty years and many shows/exams later the school has flourished and developed adding RAD Vocational and ISTD Modern Theatre Dance Classes to its curriculum with the expertise and guidance of Adele Mealey.
Adele began her dancing career as a student of the Aedeen O’Hagan School of Ballet. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2002 with a BA (Hons) in Mathematics, continuing to dance with Aedeen during her college years. She enrolled on the Dance Performance & Production Course in Inchicore College of Further Education in 2002 and graduated with Distinction in 2004. While there, she successfully gained the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Student Teaching Certificate and converted this to a full Teaching Certificate in 2006. In 2004, Adele commenced a Masters Degree in Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics, which she completed in 2007. While studying for her Masters, Adele completed a Certificate in Dance Education (CDE) in Modern Theatre Dance with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). In 2013, Adele was awarded a Licentiate in Modern Theatre Dance.
Adele currently teaches Ballet and Modern Theatre Dance for the Aedeen O’Hagan School of Ballet in Carlow, teaches Dance History in Inchicore College of Further Education and is a part-time Civil Servant in the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.