Children are accepted to ballet classes from 3½ years and to modern theatre classes from 6 years. Contemporary classes are provided for older students.

Students are entered for RAD graded and vocational examinations, ISTD modern theatre dance graded and vocational exams and medal awards. We have recently added ISTD contemporary vocational exams and Rambert Contemporary graded examinations to our repertoire!

We produce a highly anticipated biennial show in the GB Shaw Theatre @Visual Carlow. Our next show will take place in Spring 2025!

Aedeen O’ Hagan

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 Mealey BA (Hons), M.Sc, RAD RTS, LISTD


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, Modern Theatre Dance and Contemporary Dance for the Aedeen O’Hagan School of Ballet in Carlow and is also a Civil Servant in the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.