Where are Classes for 2022/23?

NPAS offer classes in RingsendThe Lir AcademyDalkey and Castleknock. During the redevelopment of The Factory classes will be held in these venues. The LIR National Academy of Dramatic Arts  is just across from The Factory at Grand Canal Dock. Ringsend and Irishtown Community Centres new Studios are on Thorncastle Street in Ringsend Village. Dalkey Classes are in the new Studio at Loreto Sports Hall Dalkey. Castleknock classes are at Our Lady’s Parrish Hall at St. Brigids school. 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 2022/23 Term dates

WE EXPECT OUR STUDENTS TO COMMIT TO THE SCHOOL FOR 3 TERMS – this is a very important point.
Especially this year as the school will be maintaining smaller class sizes for the year. The school is Full and anyone holding a place could quite possibly be taking a place from another student. We believe in our school so much that we want every single child and young person to get as much as the can from their time at NPAS. Committing to the school for a full school year is essential.

The Lir & Ringsend start on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September 2022 
Mid Term NO CLASSES Saturday 29th October & Saturday 5th November 2022


Dalkey starts on Saturday 24th September 2022 
Mid Term NO CLASSES Saturday 29th October & Saturday 5th November 2022


Castleknock starts on Monday 26th September 2022 
Mid Term NO CLASSES Monday 31st October 2022


Term 1 ends Saturday 10th December 2022


The Lir & Ringsend start on Saturday 7th January  2023
No Mid Term 


Dalkey starts on Saturday 7th January  2023
No Mid Term


Castleknock starts on Monday 9th January 2023 
No Mid Term


Term 2 ends Saturday 11th March 2023



The Lir & Ringsend start on Saturday 25th March  2023
No Classes on  Easter weekend 8th & 9th April 2023


Dalkey starts on Saturday 25th March  2023
No Classes on Easter weekend 8th & 9th April 2023


Castleknock starts on Monday 20th March 2023 

Show Dress Rehearsal Sunday 7th May


Term 3 ends Saturday 27th May 2023


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! This is non-negotiable!



Dear Parents,

The school will be working with pupils towards the Royal Academy of Dance Examinations/ Class Awards. We just finished a major session last March and May. For those of you who are not familiar with the exam system or the benefits of ballet class we would suggest that you visit the Academy website at www.rad.org. The Royal Academy of Dance is the worlds largest Ballet School and NPAS are delighted to be entering our 27th year with the RAD.


Thank you,

Marian Lennon

Head of Ballet


Exam info


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

The uniform consists of:

Pre-Primary & Primary:
Chloe Pink + PSkirt Pink
Grade 1 + 2:
Chloe Lilac + PSkirt Lilac (optional)
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Grade 3 + 4:
L5415 (Royal Blue)
Royal blue must be ordered specially for Marian. It will be added to our website once it arrives in store.
Grade 5+:
L5415 (Black)

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 Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9


The Irish Board of Speech and Drama

This year Drama and Musical Theatre Exams, and Dance Awards will take place on Sat 21st & Sun 22nd of May 2022.

More Info to follow

Each Year our Drama Students and 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 everyone 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. They publish a syllabus which encourages and facilitates the development of important communication and dramatic skills.


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.

Examination times will br given out in due course.



The Musical Theatre exams at NPAS are Class exams where the whole class takes the exam and is awarded their grade on their performance.


All examiners who attend NPAS are encouraging and friendly, and generate a relaxed atmosphere so that candidates can perform to their best ability. They affirm progress through written reports and certificates.

Our Teachers and Teaching Assistants at NPAS

Teachers and Teaching Assistants at NPAS are:

  • Insured, Garda Vetted and Qualified Professionals.
  • have certificates of completion for the DCYA / NYCI Covid-19 Induction Training for the Phased Resumption of Full Youth Services in the Youth Sector course.
  • have  undertaken the Tusla Child Safety Certificate Course and Exam.

For our Child Safety Statement please see below.

Our Child Safety Designated Liaison Person is Eamon Farrell.

Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children.

Our Terms and Conditions

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