Modern dance is similar to ballet, but with the freedom, fluidity and expressiveness of jazz and contemporary dance. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities.  The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style. Modern dance is simultaneously subtle and dynamic, focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. It is commonly set to popular music with vocals, as well as rich instrumentation. Students perform at our end of year production, ‘Footwork’ in the Cork Opera House, and are instructed by Ms. Lesley Anne Radcliffe.

An example of Modern Dance can be found here.

Bookings open in August 2022.

Modern Primary

The first grade for children wishing to take modern. This is an ideal genre to gain strong skills, and to develop an understanding for jazz dance later on.  It is also an ideal class to take along side AcroDance. Bookings open in August 2022.

The perfect syllabus to learn skills for lyrical and commercial jazz and musical theatre. Acro Dance is perfect to take alongside this, as the acro skills can be used in all styles. Opportunity for exams at end the year. All examination candidates must be at the teachers discretion. Students assessed individually for exam entry.  Bookings open in August 2022.


Lucy has been attending Centre Stage since the age of 4.  I can’t thank the teachers and staff enough for all they instill in our kids; the talent, confidence & camaraderie inside those doors are so important, and it's a privilege for any child to be part of, and something which they’ll carry with them through life. 

Lisa Punch

My daughter Aoibhe Lilly has attended Centre Stage for the past 5 years. The overall experience has been phenomenal. She has always enjoyed the high standard of classes on offer. Centre Stage offers a caring, nurturing environment, where love of arts is encouraged, in a place where children can dance, act, sing, laugh and have fun, making lifelong friends and memories. In Aoibhes own words 'It's my happy place'!

Eilish O'Leary

My daughter has been attending Centre Stage School for 4 years. She started with Theatre Tots and moved on ward from there. The musical theatre classes have been instrumental in the development of her self-confidence, as well as her great love for music and dance. The teachers and staff include and encourage all children of all abilities, and each child has a chance to shine. I couldn’t recommend Centre Stage School highly enough. Thank you to everyone there for the amazing work you do!  

Caroline Hayes (Arts Educational School London)