East Coast School of Ballet
Karen O'Hara - RAD RTS, ISTD DDE

Our Teachers

Experience. Diligence.

Mission Statement

Established in 2014, East Coast School of Ballet provides RAD Classical Ballet and ISTD Modern Theatre Dance training to children of 3 years of age to adults.
We provide high quality teaching with a professional approach at all times.
We teach in a child-centred environment and provide fun, friendly and safe dance practice.

We hope all that all of our students develop a love, passion and appreciation of dance in a non-competitive environment.
Students can take part in East Coast School of Ballet shows, presentation days and can be invited to partake in Royal Academy of Dance Examinations and Class Awards. 


Principal / Owner

Karen O'Hara

Karen started ballet at the age of 7 with the Irish Ballet School in Swords. She took ISTD and RAD examinations from Grade 1-8 under the direction of Sara and Emma Gannon and performed in various ballet shows dancing Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, A Chorus Line, Le Corsaire and more.

She did a three year ‘Theatre Studies: Dance’ course in Inchicore College FE where she completed ISTD and RAD vocational examinations from Intermediate level to Advanced 1 (RAD) and Advanced 2 (ISTD). While attending Inchicore Karen was offered a scholarship to take part in dance festival Impulstanz in Vienna. There she took classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and different Hip Hop styles. She gained her teaching certificate and diploma for ISTD Modern Theatre Dance in Inchicore and furthered her training by doing a 2 year ‘Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies’ course with Royal Academy of Dance, London.

Since then Karen has gained lots of experience in various dance schools in Dublin, Meath and Louth.
She teaches students of all ages Ballet and Modern/Jazz, preparing them for their dance exams and choreographing for shows before setting up East Coast School of Ballet in 2014.
Since 2014 East Coast School of Ballet students have been entered in and successfully passed various levels of examinations and taken part in our show and parents days. 




Our Classes

We offer students from the age of 3 an opportunity to train in ballet and modern dance.

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