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.
N.B.S T.T.C (Dip) R.A.D R.T.S I.S.T.D C.D.
Head of Ballet and Contemporary Teacher
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.”
Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop Teacher
Sarah grew up in Kinsale and trained from the age of 12 at the Lucy French School of Dance. Throughout her training she studied Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop andJazz and also consistently assisted Lucy with classes wherever possible. Sarah left the school in 2015 but was never far away, always happy to come and help and wanting to be a part of the school.
Sarah always had dreams of becoming a teacher and in the summer of 2018 these dreams became reality when she was accepted on to the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies programme with Royal Academy Of Dance. This is a 2 year long distance programme with the Academy that Lucy will mentor and guide her through and Sarah assists with most ballet classes to learn the syllabus and the art of teaching. She is a huge help and it feels very natural to have her back in the studio.
Sarah has recently taken over the Hip Hop side of the school and is also teaching a new contemporary class so that we can offer this to more students.
Lucy is very happy and extremely proud to have Sarah back as part of the teaching staff.
Jessica graduated from Bird College of Dance and Performance in 2016 with a Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre. Following on from this, Jessica furthered her qualifications, gaining a B.A Hons Degree in Professional Practice of Arts specialising in Dance. After moving back to Ireland Jessica began teaching for Dara Pierce of The Ballet Academy, Wexford and teaching workshops in Jazz and Musical Theatre in various different schools around Ireland. In 2018 she began teaching Jazz full time at Clonmel Dance Centre, where her own training began at the age of 3 under the guidance of her mum, Alison Cronin.
Jessica has developed a Dance and Movement programme which she teaches in Pre-schools, Primary and Secondary Schools. Jessica is currently studying to gain her Associate in Modern Theatre with the ISTD. I am passionate about safe dance practice in this country and ensuring that all students I teach reach their own full potential whilst enjoying and learning about the wonderful world of dance and Performance so they can take the many skills dance teaches into whatever path of life they may choose. Jessica started teaching at LFSOD in May 2019 and we couldn’t be happier to have her as part of the team.