Where are Classes for 2017/18?

During the redevelopment of The Factory classes will be held in two venues, St. Matthews School in Sandymount, and The LIR National Academy of Dramatic Arts which is just across from The Factory at Grand Canal Dock. Both are fabulous venues and we are delighted that they are welcoming NPAS while our home, The Factory, gets the TLC that it needs! We are so excited about the future of the school, and about everything that lies ahead. NPAS – Be Who U Want 2 Be

Our Venues

School Year 2017 / 18 Term dates.

Term 1 :

Saturday 23rd September – Saturday 9th December 2017
Mid Term Break : School closed for 2 weekends Saturday 28th and Saturday November 4th.

Term 2:

Saturday January 13th  – Saturday 17th March 2018

Term 3:

MARCH  – Saturday 24th





We Expect our Students to commit to the school for 3 terms.


What to wear

In general, leggings, tracksuit bottoms and a tee shirt or leotard and tights are suitable for most classes. Jazz shoes, soft ballet shoes or canvas shoes are recommended for modern/jazz dance, runners / trainers for street dance, hip hop and funk class and tap shoes for tap dancing class. Tap shoes have to be worn in Tap Class.

We recommend that no jewellery be worn in class. Please do not leave your belongings in the Changing Areas, bring your bag to Studio.

All Mobile Phones have to be turned off in class!

ballet poster



Dear Parents,


It is coming up to exam time again! This year the school will be entering pupils for the Royal Academy of Dance Examinations/ Class Awards in March 2018. 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 these extra classes. The cost will be €50 for 5 classes, which will be collected when extra classes begin in January. (The extra class times and dates will be given at a later date with the extra classes being held at the Ringsend & Irishtown Community Centre in Ringsend Village.)


The exam fee for your child is


PRE PRIMARY                           €48 Class Award

PRIMARY                                   €50 Class Award

GRADE 1                                     €52 Class Award

GRADE 1                                     €61 Examination

GRADE 2                                     €53 Class Award

GRADE 2                                     €64 Examination

GRADE 3                                     €55 Class Award

GRADE 3                                     €71 Examination

GRADE 4                                     €57 Class Award

GRADE 4                                     €74 Examination

GRADE 5                                     €59 Class Award

GRADE 5                                     €77 Examination

GRADE 6                                     €84 Examination


The fee for the exam will be collected on Saturday 18th and 25th of November



  • Download and complete this form NPAS Ballet Exam Form
  • Put exam fee and slip in an envelope marked with your child’s name clearly on it
  • Please make sure that your child gives their teacher a blank CD for practice music.


Thank you,

Marian Lennon

Head of Ballet



Regulation uniform is required for those children taking RAD Ballet and Examinations.

The uniform consists of:

Royal Academy Pink Leotard with sleeves (Amy style), for Beg, Pre-Primary to Grade 2,

Navy sleeveless leotard (Angela style), for Grade 3 to 5.

The Royal Academy of Dance

The RAD is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organistaions in the world. The organisation promotes knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally. The RAD seeks to accomplish these goals through educating and training teachers and students and providing examinations to reward achievements.

The RAD uniform can be purchased in:

16 Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.
Tel: (01) 497 6128

163 Parnell Street, Dublin 1.
Tel: (01) 874 4894
Phone Mail Order Line – 24 Hour Tel: 1850 543 198

Dimension Dancewear,124 Upper Dromcondra Road, Dublin 9


The Irish Board of Speech and Drama

Exams: tba

Each Year our Drama Students, and of late our Musical Theatre Students take exams with The Irish Board of Speech and Drama. Speech and Drama, and Musical Theatre is about communication, confidence, skill, talent and creativity, and we at the Irish Board of Speech and Drama want to encourage it.

The Irish Board is an independent body which provides an objective assessment of achievement in communication skills and dramatic arts through its progressive examination system, catering for all age groups. We publish a syllabus which encourages and facilitates the development of important communication and dramatic skills.

Irish Board exams with NPAS take place in December and March. Students can choose your poems, prose and drama pieces. Your teacher will choose suitable pieces with you and work through the exam syllabus with you. The Musical Theatre exams are either Class pieces or Individual pieces depending on

Our examiners are encouraging and friendly, and generate a relaxed atmosphere so that candidates can perform to their best ability. We affirm progress through written reports and certificates.

Our Teachers and Teaching Assistants at NPAS


All Teachers and Teaching Assistants at NPAS are Insured, Garda Vetted and Qualified Professionals.
Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children.

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