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.”
Claire is a skilled dancer, choreographer, dance teacher and Co-Director of Flava Floors Hip Hop Studio in Cork City. Her passion, determination and discipline has led her to become one of the most renowned hip hop dancers in Cork. Claire started her dance career at the very young age of 4 years old in her local dance school in Dublin and has spent the last 28 years training in many styles of dance from ballet to breakdance. Claire moved from her hometown of Dublin to Cork at the age of 13 and started training at Cork Arts Studio where she worked extremely hard to acheive her dream of going to college in England to further her career. Claire was lucky enough to be awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Bodywork Company of Performing Arts in Cambridge and moved there in 2000. Here she studied Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Singing and Acting. Throughout her time at college she had the experience of performing in many theatre productions, backing dancing for pop artist such as Beverly Knight and stage performances across locations in Cambridge and London. Claire graduated in 2003 with a National Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Claire went straight to London and started auditioning for professional work. She has choreographed and appeared in many music videos, TV and stage shows across London.
In 2006 Claire suffered a major injury and had to stop dancing for 2 years but that wasnt going to stop her. In 2008 she moved to New York to train at the renowned Broadway Dance Centre with some of the most talented dancers and choreographers in the world.
In 2010 she came back to Cork to teach hip hop classes and pass on the knowledge she had gained over the years to the next generation. She then met breakdancer and graffiti artist Adam O’ Connor who wanted to open his own studio and Flava Floors Hip Hop Studio was born. She now co-runs the studio and teaches hip hop and breakdance aswell as forming her own hip hop crew, Clickety Clique, who have performed at many events around the country including Jessie J and MK1. Flava Floors is now a thriving dance and art studio in Cork City and growing everyday.
Claire is delighted to now teach hip hop and breakdance at Lucy French School Of Dance and is excited about passing on her love of hip hop culture to the young dancers in Kinsale.