Dwan Academy is an innovative, independent performing arts school offering equal opportunities to the complete beginner right through to the avid performer.

Whether performing is a pastime or a passion we encourage students to develop at their own pace and we offer performance opportunities for students every year.

We take great pride in the social development of our students. We bring people together in a vibrant and exciting community to explore the magical world of theatre and performing arts. No matter how large or small the goal, we will encourage students to surpass even their own expectations.

Term resumes in January 2019

Theatre School resumes on
Saturday 12th January.

Ballet Lessons resume on
Friday 11th January.

To book a place, please get in touch.

Theatre School

A combination of classes in drama, singing and dance for children aged 4 - 16 to get together in a supportive, fun and creative environment.

We take children on a journey from learning techniques, through rehearsals, to a final end of year performance and while performing is our main focus, we aim to build confidence as well as develop skills in the art of theatre.

Theatre School

Saturday - Sarsfield Centre, Thurles

4-6yrs (Bluebells)
10am – 11.15am €160 per term

7-10yrs (Junior)
10am – 11.30pm €165 per term

11+yrs (Inters and Seniors)
11.30pm – 1.30pm €175 per term

Classes are held weekly on Saturdays in the Sarsfield Centre in Thurles. There are 2 terms from September to Christmas and from January until June and follow the school holidays.


Fees are payable per term with 2 terms per school year. They can either be paid in full at the start of each term or in weekly installments ahead of each lesson. We also offer discounts for siblings so please contact us to discuss.

A non refundable €40 deposit is required to secure a place in the class each term which will be deducted from the final term fees listed above.

We offer a free 'trial' class for each child on their first week to help them decide if they like it.


New uniform being introduced in September. Details will be given at the first class.


Through role-play and improvisation young children get to stretch their imagination, experimenting with words and feelings. By interacting with others they learn vital social skills and can help improve their vocabulary and communication skills.


We introduce pupils to different rhythms and tempos in music allowing them to challenge themselves with a wide range of songs while improving technique and vocal ability. Working in groups pupils learn harmonies while solo singing will equip the young performers with the confidence and skill to find the meaning of the song and portray characters with ease.


Working in groups the children learn fun and contemporary routines. We show them how to warm up their bodies to avoid injury and teach them routines in many different styles of dance.

Dance Lessons

Dance lessons are a great way to build confidence, make new freinds and be active whilst learning new skills. We teach all levels of ability in a fun, safe and structured enviroment. Dwan Academy began teaching dance over 30 years ago.

Ballet Classes

Friday - Sarsfield Centre, Thurles

4 - 5yrs
3.45pm - 4.15pm
€20 a month

6 - 8yrs
4.15pm - 5pm
€25 a month

9 - 11yrs
5pm - 5.45pm
€25 a month

11 - 13yrs
5.45pm - 6.30pm
€25 a month

13+ yrs
6.30pm - 7.30pm
€30 a month

Booking is essential as class sizes are limited.


Pink tights, a black leotard and ballet shoes are essential while a black skirt and wrap-around cardigan are optional. Children up to 10 years should wear leather ballet shoes and children older should wear split sole canvas ballet shoes. The uniform is important for safety and comfort as well as unifiying the pupils.

Ballet is an excellent form of dance to help develop posture, flexibility, balance and coordination. Our lessons provide a great basis for complete beginners to go on learning other forms of dance.

All our classes will begin with an appropriate warm up and finish with a cool down and we cover barrework exercises and stretches, combinations of steps, allegro, adagio and turning while learning routines. The more advanced classes focus on improving technique while becoming proficient at learning and embodying different movement.

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Music Lessons

"Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination…"

Music lessons with skilled music teachers can increase confidence and furnish you with a life interest, as well as giving an appreciation of one of education’s most rich and rewarding disciplines.

Music Lessons

We offer private, one to one, music lessons in piano and flute and cater for all ages and abilities.

Learning an instrument is far more than just a hobby; it’s a new talent that develops confidence, charisma and personal expression. As a parent, encouraging your child to learn music will open them to an entirely new world of rich, fulfilling experience.

If you’re an adult learner, you can give yourself a new opportunity like taking up those piano lessons you’ve always wanted. It is never too late to learn and appreciate music: we provide you a chance to learn a new skill and enhance your music theory knowledge or just indulge in your favourite relaxing past time.

We would encourage all pupils to take music exams with RIAM, which helps give focus to the lessons and a great sense of achievement.

For more information on any of our music lessons please contact us.



Get in touch

Dwan Academy
T: 085 1654 854
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Our Staff

Therese Maher

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Artistic Director/Dance Teacher

Therese has experience in the art of stage craft both on and off the stage. She started as a regular performer with the school and Phoenix Productions in her younger years and went on to study music at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and a post-graduate degree in stage management and technical theatre. She has directed and choreographed many shows including the Irish premiers of ‘Moby Dick! The Musical’ and the world amateur premier of ‘A Class Act’. She now works with many schools, musical societies, and local councils across Limerick and Tipperary.