About Us

The Corrib Dance Academy (CDA) offers a unique service in the west of Ireland. It offers students of dance, fully equipped, dedicated studios in which to train. The Academy through the provision of dance training to the highest pre-professional standard is fast becoming a centre of excellence for dance in the west of Ireland.

Corrib Dance Academy (CDA) was founded in December 1997. Now located in purpose built dance studios at Briarhill Business Park, Galway, it offers a wide selection of classes in classical ballet, modern theatre, jazz dance, character dance, tap and free movement.
Students of CDA can work towards exams at graded and vocational level by British examining boards, the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

All CDA students are also offered the opportunity to take part in school productions at the Town Hall Theatre and talented students represent the school in the National Dance Awards annually.  

Children are accepted from the age of four into Pre- Ballet class. The early syllabi teach the foundations of classical ballet, they are fun and include mime and imagery. After 3-4 years of ballet the first examination, Primary Grade is usually achieved. The grades then progress from one to eight, building technique and skill each year.

Academy founder, Phyllis Hayes has over 20 years’ experience teaching ballet. She is joined by a team of qualified and enthusiastic dance teachers.

Services offered by the Academy include:

  • Biannual performances at the Town Hall Theatre
  • RAD classical ballet examinations
  • ISTD modern & jazz dance examinations
  • End of year displays
  • Summer camps
  • Guest teachers from Ireland and abroad
  • Access to specialised coaching through CDA's Vocational Training Programme
  • Opportunity to audition for Youth Ballet West www.ybwgalway.com
  • Mentoring of students on RAD teacher training programmes