Where are Classes for 2019/20?

NPAS offer classes in four locations, The Lir Academy, St Matthews Sandymount, Loreto Sports Hall Dalkey 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, and St. Matthews School in Sandymount. Both are fabulous venues and we are delighted that they are welcoming NPAS while plans for the Factory are ongoing. 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

NEW Sunday Classes at The Lir

This year at the School we are introducing our New Performing Arts Courses. These courses will be directed and programmed by Jill Doyle and Eamon Farrell the directors of the school. There will be a panel of teachers involved in the course, changing from week to week and subject to subject. The 1.5 hour class per week will include classes in Dance (Contemporary, Jazz and Tap), Musical Theatre, Drama and Singing. These courses will enable children and young people to benefit from everything our school has to offer in a smaller space of time and on a Sunday at the amazing studios at The Lir Academy. There is a huge amount of interest in these courses and they will have limited numbers and book out early. Students who take the course will be put in for Musical Theatre Exams with The Irish Board of Speech and Drama and will take part of the end of year show at The Olympia Theatre. The Courses will run for 3 school terms.


School Year 2019/20 Term dates

The Lir, St Matthews & Dalkey

Term 1 Saturdays

28th September
5th October
12th October
19th October

26th October –   Midterm Break: No Classes 

2nd NovemberMidterm Break: No Classes  

9th November
16th November
23rd November
30th November
7th December
14th December

Term 2 Saturdays

11th January
18th January
25th January
1st February
8th February
15th February
22nd February
29th February
7th March
14th March

Term 3 Saturdays

21st March
28th March
4th April

11th April Easter Break No Classes

18th April
25th April No Classes due to Lir Auditions
2nd May
4th May (Monday Bank Holiday – Dress Rehearsal)
9th May
16th May

17th May SHOW DAY Olympia Theatre

23rd May
30th May

WE EXPECT OUR STUDENTS TO COMMIT TO THE SCHOOL FOR 3 TERMS – this is a very important point. 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 fo a full school year is essential.


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!


Exams: tba

Dear Parents,

The school will be working with pupils towards the Royal Academy of Dance Examinations/ Class Awards. A date for our next examination session is yet to be decided. 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 26th year with the RAD.


Thank you,

Marian Lennon

Head of Ballet



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

2020 Exams: tba

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.


New Solo Musical Theatre Examinations.


The Musical Theatre exams at NPAS are Class exams where the whole class takes the exam and is awarded their grade on their performance. This year we are introducing Solo and Duo Musical Theatre Exams. The Class is at 6pm on Saturday evenings at The Lir Academy.


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

All Teachers and Teaching Assistants at NPAS are Insured, Garda Vetted and Qualified Professionals.

This year every teacher has also 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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