Success at Elite Dance Competition, Belfast 2019!



Posted on: 09 Apr 2019

Success at Elite Dance Competition, Belfast 2019!


What an incredible few days!  All the preparation and hard work really paid off and our students got some fantastic results:  Lilly O'Brien, in a very competitive section of the event coming in 4th for Jazz solo and Luke Walsh placing 6th in his.  Emma Murphy and Katie Gallagher garnered a 2nd place in Under 19 duets, and our Intermediate A Dance Company also placed 2nd in the U16 groups, for their performance to 'Young Blood'.  Our two first place victories went to a trio (Katie Gallagher, Luke Walsh and Shauna D. Murphy) and our Senior Dance Company who won overall first place in U19 Standard Group.  We could not be prouder of every participant in this event and look forward to further competitions in the future, as a way to challenge and develop our young performers to improve their skills and talents.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to the students who put some much time, effort and passion into their rehearsals and performances.  Thank you to the parents who travelled with us to Belfast, and those shouting support all the way from Cork!  Thank you to Ms. Lesley and David, our brilliant and dedicated choreographers and teachers.  And a special thank you to Hollie Corkery who was extremely unlucky to be struck down with an injury days before the performance; she was a massive help to the Elite team and bravely soldiered on despite her disappointment at not being able to compete - next year, Hollie! Our senior student Jenny O'Gorman came to the rescue, learning one of Hollie's dances in just 24 hours.  After hours of emergency rehearsal, Jenny blended into the piece seamlessly.  We are so grateful for Jenny's efforts which stands for our team's new motto - we've got your back!

To see the photos from our fantastic trip click here


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)