The Lucy French School of Dance was opened in September 2008. The school is there to provide sound dance training for the children of Kinsale and surrounding areas, to give them the opportunity to train for and to take examinations and the chance to perform. Lucy believes in a good balance between discipline and enjoyment of dance within the class and believes that giving the pupils something to works towards is the key. The school will not only benefit those who want to pursue a career in dance but also help the coordination, discipline, musical awareness , self confidence and social skills of every child.
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Lucy grew up in Kinsale, Co Cork and is the daughter of well known Irish artists Kate and Philip French. After training in dance from a very young age, she was accepted after audition to the prestigious Northern Ballet School, Manchester at 17 years old. She then undertook the three year full time Professional Teacher Training Course at N.B.S and graduated in 2002 with the N.B.S Teaching Diploma with Distinction and internationally recognized teaching qualifications from the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance.
Lucy went on to teach in Norway at Aalesund Ballettskole, and then on to Scotland at Ecosse Performers College (a full time dance college).
She has also worked recently as a mentor for the Royal Academy in London, mentoring new teachers on their new Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, helping to train the teachers of the future.Lucy has worked on her qualifications since leaving college and is continually improving her professional development
She has performed herself in many successful shows and has now also organized and choreographed numerous sell out shows over her teaching career including a Norwegian version of “My Fair Lady”! She has also entered many children for dance examinations under the I.S.T.D and R.A.D and holds a 100% pass rate.
Lucy is a member of the Teaching Council of Ireland, she is Garda vetted and a qualified first aider.
“Ireland is filled with naturally talented children and I hope to be able to nurture and give these talents a chance to improve and perform, dance is something I am very passionate about and I want to pass this on to the pupils of the Lucy French School Of Dance.”