About Bunclody Academy of Dance

Bunclody Academy of Dance was founded in 2009 by Sinead Keaskin, and has been recently taken over by Gemma Grant in 2011. The school offers classes in Classical Ballet and Modern Theatre/Jazz Dance. Classes range from 3 years to teenagers, which in time as the school develops will offer classes to train students for a career in the profession if they so wish.

We strive for high standards by encouraging students to work to the best of their own personal ability. Exams are offered through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing but are by no means compulsory. Classes are designed to encourage individuality, develop confidence,promote social interaction and most of all, to make fitness fun!

Our school has a great atmosphere with friendly and enthusiastic students. Since the school was established in 2009, every student has worked so hard, improving greatly throughout their time with us. We hope to continue to go from strength to strength, educating and training our students for many years to come


Gemma Grant

Gemma Grant

Gemma was previously a pupil of the Kilkenny Academy of Dance and has worked there since 2008. She has also trained with and worked in the Bray School of Dance since 2007. On gaining her BA Honours Degree in Music and Mathematical Studies from NUIM in 2006, Gemma decided to return to her true love; dance.

Now, a graduate of Inchicore College, Gemma has undergone 3 years full time training in Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Improvisation. During this time she has achieved her Diploma in Dance Education in Modern Theatre Dance through the I.S.T.D. She has also received Fetac qualifications in Dance Performance and Production, Kinesiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Occupational First Aid, Exercise and Fitness and Dance History. Gemma has also received her DDE in Imperial Ballet.

Gemma is a well known performer in Kilkenny, performing from a young age, in Musical theatre productions. As well as choreographing musicals in Kilkenny, Maynooth and Leixlip, Gemma has performed all over Ireland. She has worked with various groups, ranging from young children to adults, amateurs to professionals, working on such productions as Little Shop of Horrors, Chess, Westside Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Devious Theatre's 'Smitten', Kilkenny Pantomimes and Kilkenny Musical Society's Aims award winning ' Michael Collins - A Musical Drama'.

Gemma has attended The Deborah Capon College of Dance, England, to further her training and had the honour of receiving a scholarship to visit Impulstanz Dance festival in Vienna where she had the opportunity to work with many internationally renowned choreographers. Gemma has worked as a Dance teacher for The Bray School of Dance and The Bray Institute of Further Education and The Kilkenny Academy of Dance which she presently manages.

It is very important to Gemma to attend teaching courses regularly as she feels it is essential to keep her classes up to date, fresh and fun for students.

Gemma has worked in the Bunclody Academy of Dance since its opening in 2009, and has now taken over ownership of the school.