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BRENDA MALONE GILROY - Dance

Brenda is the Director of Stage Academy and our amazing dance teacher. She opened the doors to the national and international award winning Stage Academy nearly 14 years ago and has being going from strength to strength ever since.
Brenda first started her dancing career at the young age of 4! Her first dance class was...(no prizes for guessing!) TAP in the Patrican Primary school! Since then she has completed classes in jazz, modern, hip hop and contemporary. Not only a dancer, Brenda had her first acting roll at the age of 10 playing the role of Kim in the classic musical 'Showboat' with Clane Musical Society. She choreographed her first show at the age of 12 in Kilkenny and hasn't stopped since; from the longest running pantomime troupe in Ireland, St. Coneth's Pantomime Troupe, to school musicals all over the country and numerous St. Conleth's Variety teams, she is a renowned choreographer both locally and nationally. Brenda has also judged many competitions including the annual Community Games Talent finals.
During Brenda’s 14 years of leadership at Stage Academy, she has won numerous awards for her dances on both a national and worldwide level. Brenda won “Best Dance” for her outstanding production of “Anything Goes” in 2015 and for “Best Opening” in 2016 at the All Ireland Variety Shows and saw Stage Academy to All Ireland Champions victory not once but three times (2014,2015,2017). Brenda’s dancing has also been seen on the world stage at The World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in 2016, winning many gold, silver and bronze medals! Brenda has over 25 years of experience with children and young adults and the relationship she builds with them is second to none. Her students look up to her not only as a teacher, but as a friend, a mentor and a sister.
As well as running weekly Stage Academy classes, Brenda also holds Easter and Summer Camps annually with Stage Academy and runs dance fitness classes (Dancercise) in the Patrician Primary for teens and adults weekly. Contact Brenda for further information!

 

TANYA GALLAGHER-Drama

Tanya has been on stage from a very young age and has many awards and performances under her belt. At only 18, she is already an award winning actress at a national and international level. She has completed drama exams with Griffith College receiving Excellence Nominations and First Class Honors. 
Tanya joined Stage Academy in 2013 and was on the team that won the All Ireland Variety Show in 2014,2015 & 2017. She won “Star of the School” at the AIVS (2016) and “Best Dancer” at Stage Academy’s 10 year celebration at the Helix Theatre
Tanya has performed in theaters across Ireland (The Gaiety, Olympia, INEC,The Helix) and at many festivals (RTE Rose of Tralee). She has performed as a soloist on worldwide stages such as The Curve Theatre Leicester, Blackpool Arts Centre and the Long Beach Performing Arts Centre in Los Angeles.
In 2016 Tanya won the All Ireland Community Games National Final in solo acting. She has 4 other All Ireland medals in Variety and Group Dance and recently came full circle judging the 2019 Drama Community Games County Finals. 
Tanya has taken part in productions with Newbridge Pantomime Troupe and Newbridge Musical Society. She won the “School Show Performance Award” in both 2015 and 2018 for her performance of “Mel” in “Back to the 80s”(HFSS) and “Nancy” in “Oliver”(PBS) Tanya competed at the World Championships of Performing Arts, LA in 2018 as a Team Ireland member. She competed in solo drama and spokesmodeling, bringing home 4 gold medals, 3 silver and 1 bronze and was crowned the Overall Division Winner in Comedy and Spokesmodeling. Tanya received 2 scholarships from colleges in the US worth over $25,000. She was 1/10 to be granted a scholarship to New York Film Academy and 1/13 for The New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Out of 2000 competitors, Tanya was one of the final 3 actors and performed in front of thousands at the Grand Final at The Long Beach Performing Arts Centre which was also televised globally. Tanya cannot wait to be back with SA, a place for so long she has called home. Roll on 2019/2020!! 

 

FIONA RYAN -Vocal and Music Coach

A Newbridge native, Fiona has loved music and singing from a young age. Fiona is a fulltime teacher and guidance counsellor with DDLETB in Tallaght West. Growing up she attended the YCS Choir and Music and Drama course which she later ran until 2011. Fiona has trained under the esteemed vocalist coach Brendan and renowned Catherine Hartnett completing the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) exams in classical voice, piano and music theory. No stranger to successful arts schools, Fiona worked as musical director for Backstage Ireland from 2007-2018 and as a piano and voice teacher with Eden School of Music from 2015-2018. She has been musical director for numerous variety shows and musicals and has seen her work performed in the Moat Theatre, Tallaght Theatre, Civic Theatre, Dunamaise Portlaoise, The Venue Ratoath and many others. No stranger to the stage herself, she has performed in numerous local productions with Newbridge Musical Society (Singing in the Rain, 42nd Street & West Side Story to name but a few!) and has now come full circle with the recent re-launch of the YCS Junior Choir in the Dominican College. Fiona is looking forward to focusing on a very exciting new challenge with Stage Academy and is thrilled to have been given this opportunity

 

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