CDA / BDA Dancers
Our main/senior classes are based in Blarney.
Our founding teacher Michele is the only
qualified & registered practicing teacher resident in Blarney.
Also of course we love to travel and
'Blarney' is known worldwide and
strikes a chord as being distinctly Irish.
Established in 1995, we now have dancers coming through as teachers so have expanded our area of classes in Cork :)
To expand our classes beyond Blarney we
have widened our name to Cork Dance Academy/CDA and expanded outside Irish to include Ballet
Dancers range in age from 4 years to 40+ years!
As diverse in interests and experience as the years between us!!
Display (including international travel) Gradings (exams) &
We provide private classes as well as
teach in schools as part of their curriculum
Since our re-launch as CDA/BDA
we have performed in/for:
St. Patrick's Festival Displays
in The Hague, The Netherlands
UCC Summer Workshop, Cork, Ireland
Celtic Ball (Black Tie) in Rome, Italy
The Irish College in Rome, Italy
Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, France
Basilica de Sacré-Coeur in Paris, France
County Mayor in Cork County Hall
The Lord Mayor in Cork City Hall
St. Patricks Day Parades in Blarney
Numerous school concerts...
As the Scannell-Ryan school
we performed for/in:
Disneyland Celtic Parade in Paris, France
Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland
The Lord Mayor in Cork
St. Patricks Day Parades in Cork & Blarney
The Actively Retired in Tower
Tourists in Blarney, Cork
Numerous weddings, school concerts,
Paddy's day functions in pubs/hotels....
....to name but a few.
We are currently fundraising
for our next international....
to help with fares/expenses of dancers to reduce costs on parents.
All dancers are offered the chance to take part in trips/events - whether young or old, beginner or champion -
there is always a part just perfect for each dancer in our displays.
We normally run (now not due to Covid!) bag packing, bowling nights, raffles etc to help us attend future events.
Invited to many events but can't make them all.
Yet our feet are mad to get off the ground for our next tour!
If you have any ideas to help feel free to offer your expertise
- it would be much appreciated.
The Hague (2019)
Edinburgh / Glasgow (1998)
Our next venture is Berlin ...
watch this space!
Michele, founding teacher was a former pupil of Rose O'Sullivan, Aileen Harrington RIP & Peg McTeggart RIP
Competed and won at all levels from local feiseanna to All
Irelands (An Comhdháil).
Performances at varied venues from local hotels to the Cork Opera
Member of the display team to represent Cork in it's twin city Rennes (France) to perform a varied display including Riverdance at the Foire Internationale de Rennes.
Graduated TCRG in Co. Down 1995
[the sole graduate from Munster
in 95 with An Comhdháil].
Transferred to Coimisiún in 1999
Officially established our own school in 1995 'the Scannell School of Dancing'
Proudly coached new dancers from figuring out their right from their left up to and including trainee teachers, Cork Champions, Munster Champions both solo & team and to All Irelands competitors with An Comhdháil
Invited to many and accepted a number of offers for our school to perform
on the international level - see some old pix!
3 Solo Munster Champions,
2 Munster Champion Teams
(with An Comhdháil)...
& competitors at all levels
from local feiseanna to
Just as proud of the one little dancer who took years to eventually 'click' the threes,
see the pride on her parents faces & the joy on her own.
Relaunched as the 'Scannell-Ryan School of Dancing' in 1998
Our First International Tour: Edinburgh International Festival 1998
Transferred from An Comhdháil to An Coimisiún (CLRG) in 1999
Interviewed initially by Dr. John Cullinane ADCRG re transfer to An Coimisiún.
From a child I had read the books by John and to this day regard him as a treasure for not only his many years of service to Irish dancing but to his dedication to put into words for future generations. He is a living legend and an inspiration not only to me but so many worldwide. Thank you so much John, Michele.
Celtic Parade Disneyland Paris 2000
Took a career break for family reasons.
New classes, new website, new costume ... we came back!
Relaunched as the 'Blarney Dance Academy'
Back teaching with new young dancers, including my own children. Delighted to welcome new faces as well as some of our former dancers and friends who have returned to our senior class.
Sad that some have emigrated but delighted to hear from you - enjoy your adventures and keep in touch. Already three tours under our belts as noted below Paris, Rome & The Hague
We performed at the
'Greening of the Basilica de Sacré-Coeur'
(part of the International greening event for
St. Patrick's celebrations).
Also, the sold out ceilí at the
Centre Culturel Irelandais (CCI)
in Paris with the Dusty Feet Ceilí Band.
Guests of the Irish Embassy & Tourism Ireland in supporting Minister Richard Bruton TD.
We performed at the Celtic Ball (Black Tie) in Hotel Quirinale Rome to a full house including Minister Charlie Flannagan,
Vatican Ambassador Emma Madigan & Italian Ambassador Bobby McDonagh.
We also performed on two nights at the Irish College for their St. Patrick's Week elebrations
We experienced the 'greening' of the Colosseum
THE HAGUE 2019
We performed in the St. Patrick's Festival open air concert with two displays as well as a ceili night with the Irish Business Assosication.
Absolutely fabulous people and place with super memories.
The crowd at the festival was something to remember! Great craic.
We highly recommend anyone to enjoy this yearly festival.
2021 Covid stole the show!
Where to next?
Watch this space :)
Next trip hopefully 2023 once Covid behaves!
Dancers continue honing their skills in competition and gradings....
Expanded our class range so relaunched as
'Blarney Cork Dance Academy'
Delighted to Welcome to our team:
Sinéad Helen (neé Walsh)
Steph O'Connell &
Kelly will be starting ballet classes in the coming months in Tower/Blarney.
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