Summer Camp is on the way with our ‘Hairspray Week’ and our ‘Wicked The Musical’ Weeks throughout July and August – all weeks include a Trip to The Bord Gais Energy Theatre to see the shows, and a performance at the end of the week for parents and friends.
It is coming up to exam time again! This year the school will be entering pupils for the Royal Academy of Dance Examination May 13th (Sunday). For those of you who are not familiar with the exam system, it will entail extra practice classes on Saturdays or Sundays, in addition to normal ballet class. The exams are not compulsory, however if you wish your child to take their exam they must attend all of the extra classes. The cost will be €50 for 5 classes, which will be collected when the extra classes begin in April. (The extra class times will be given at a later date with the extra classes being held at the Ringsend and Irishtown Community Centre in Ringsend Village).
The exam fee for your child is:
GRADE 3 €71 examination
GRADE 3 €55 Class Award
GRADE 4 €74 examination
GRADE 4 €57 Class Award
GRADE 5 €77 examination
GRADE 6 €84 examination
The fee for the exam will be collected on Saturday 3rd and 10th of March.
PLEASE MAKE SURE:
Head of Ballet
Please return this slip with the money, Thank you.
Please make cheque payable to NPAS, put into an envelope (with this slip)
Mark clearly and GIVE TO THE BALLET TEACHER.
Name: _________________________________ Age: __________
Address: _________________________________ Date of Birth: __________
_________________________________ Phone: __________
_________________________________ Mobile: __________
I wish my child to take their ballet exam,
I enclose the following information for your attention. The extra classes for the Ballet Examinations will be held on the following Sundays at The Studio in Ringsend & Irishtown Community Centre.
Sunday 8 th April Grade 3 and Grade 4 only
Sunday 15th April ALL GRADES
Sunday 22nd April ALL GRADES
Sunday 29 th April ALL GRADES
Sunday 3rd of May ALL GRADES
The fee of €50 for these extra classes should be given to your ballet teacher in an envelope with your child’s name clearly marked on it. This will be collected when the extra classes begin in April.
The extra class times are as follows at Ringsend & Irishtown Community Centre
YOUR CLASS: YOUR EXTRA REHEARSAL TIME
Grade 3 10am-11am (with Marian)
Grade 5 11—12 noon (with Marian)
Grade 6 12noon-13.00pm (with Marian)
Grade 4 13-14.00pm (with Marian)
Children must attend all extra classes to prepare fully for their exam. These classes are obligatory.
Head of Ballet
Drama Exams will be on Sunday 13th May at St. Matthews Sandymount, times and fees teacher will supply
Drama Exams will be on Sunday 20th May for Younger Students at Lir, times and fees teacher will supply
Drama Exams will be on Sunday 27th May for Older Students at Lir, times and fees teacher will supply
Musical Theatre Exams for MT Classes will be on Sunday 27th May at Lir, times and fees teacher will supply
Solo and Duet Dance Award Examinations Saturday 26th May
Dance Awards during Class Time on Saturday 26th
Sing Star Singing Recording for singing classes – Sunday 3rd June, times and fees teacher will supply
Over the last 23 years the National Performing Arts School has been fortunate enough to see thousands of talented and creative young people pass through our doors at The Factory. Several of our past pupils have gone on to pursue hugely successful Music, Theatre, Television and Film careers but that is not what our school is about. Every single child and young person who has attended our school has fond and cherished memories of their time with us. The school is not about being famous. It’s about creating a place for everyone to fit in, develop and grow. We do not teach children and young people to be professional actors, singers and dancers, although this often happens! Rather we use acting, singing and dancing as a way to develop happy and confident young people. This often leads to our most prized purpose – to instill in children and young people a true love of The Arts which will stay with them for the rest of their lives
The building which has been our Home – The Factory – is of special interest both culturally and historically in the story of the Irish Artistic Community over the last quarter of a century. Put simply, it’s like nowhere else in the country. It has been a rehearsal space for the Bolshoi Ballet and Riverdance as well as U2 world tours and recordings. It has played host to leading writers and producers, international acting stars like Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy, Saoirse Ronan and Jack Reynor and seen recordings by David Bowie and Britney Spears. Currently being redeveloped as part of a fabulous new City Quarter at Grand Canal Dock, the Factory will shortly reemerge as a state of the Art Facility, and provide the school with a vibrant, exciting and creative future.
“The NPAS @ The Factory Ethos can be summed up by our commitment to the power of the Arts to support a persons overall holistic development which in turn supports the growth of strong and supportive communities. There are no Arts without community and no community without Arts. NPAS is about feeling IN and never Feeling OUT”
Jill Doyle and Eamon Farrell, Directors @ NPAS
L-R, Eamon Farrell Jnr, Minister Heather Humphreys, Minister Kevin Humphreys, Jill Doyle.
"I love the passion and committment that is there at NPAS and you can see how much the children love coming to the school, from Dance & Drama to Musical Theatre & Ballet The NPAS give children the opportunity to shine. And I want to commemd Eamon and Jill for their vision and determination"
The most important thing is that you enjoy it. That's what NPAS is about and why my time there was so important...
I must say that is the best place for children to build confidence, make friends, develop skills and have fun!!! There is no place like NPAS!
For me I would say Npas has been my kids Saturday home for 11 years and in that time they have evolved from shy quite children to confident independent and self assured children! What they have gained and experienced is priceless!
National Academy of Dramatic Art,
Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus,
Pearse Street (at Grand Canal Quay),
St Matthews National School
The closest DART stations to The Lir Academy are Grand Canal Dock and Pearse Street Station (both approx 10 mins walk from each). The closest Stop to St. Matthews National School is Lansdowne Road Dart Station, again a 10 minute walk. Dart Timetables are available at
Dublin Bus offers a frequent, service to Pearse Street, Grand Canal Dock and Sandymount. Routes 1, 47, 56A and 77A all operate to either Pearse Street or Grand Canal Dock. Numbers 1 and 47 continue to Sandymount and St. Matthews National School. Full timetable details can be found on http://www.dublinbus.ie/
On Saturdays there is Free Parking on certain parts of Macken Street, Pearse Street and the roads around St. Matthews National School. Please read the Traffic Information Signs as some areas are 24 hour and operate a clamping policy.