For over half a century the Montfort College of Performing Arts has been one of Ireland’s most prestigious and credible training grounds for young talent for children aged 3 years of age upwards.
The college is dedicated to developing performance skills in dance, drama, singing and musical theatre as well as having fun and building self-confidence in an exciting, creative and nurturing environment.
With 54 years’ experience as Munster’s leading Performing Arts College we have the experience and dedication to offer your child the very best in theatre arts training.
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- Karen Walsh
Karen began dancing as a tiny tot with Eileen Cavanagh at the age of two and a half, appearing in her first show at the tender age of 3. Since then she has studied dance under the direction of Donna Daly (Donna's Dance Studio), Mary Madden Gibson, EricGibson (Ballet Theatre Ireland) and Mary Weston (Montfort College) and completed her studies with the Royal Academy of Dance. Karen was a member of the Irish Operatic Society where she appeared in many of their productions and was assistant choreographer for'“Me and My Girl'. She taught tap dance for Ballet Theatre Ireland and for the Montfort’s before she moved to the US. While in the US she gained degrees in Theatre, Sociology and a master’s degree in Theatre Education.
While living in the States she studied dance under the direction of Keith Mottola (Steps off Broadway) in Boston. During this time she also starred in many musicals, including the role of Nancy in 'Oliver', Mrs. Johnson in 'Blood Brothers', Anytime Annie in '42nd Street' and The Orange Girl in 'Shout the Mod Musical. Karen taught ballet and tap for - Once upon A Ballet, in Charleston, South Carolina. She has now returned to Ireland to pass on the knowledge, experience and training she gained while living in the USSarah Moriarty
Sarah Moriarty began her training at Cork Arts Studio and continued her studies for 3 years at the CSN Dance course under the direction of Alan Foley. On graduating from CSN Sarah taught at the Alan Foley Academy of Dance and at the Cork School of Dance.
Sarah teaches dance in various secondary schools across the city and county and has choreographed many school shows including 'Hairspray', 'Sweet Charity' and 'Flashdance'. Sarah holds a modern dance qualification from the ISTD (The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing). Sarah specialises in modern,contemporary, commercial and lyrical dance.Lisa Meany
Lisa is a passionate professional dancer and performer who teaches dance, speech & drama and the performing arts. Lisa has vast experience teaching and choreographing for many stage school’s throughout the years and she is delighted to be teaching students at Montfort College of Performing Arts since 2009.
Lisa began her professional dance training at Colaiste Stiofan Naofa's Dance & Performing Arts course with Donna Daly Blyth, Alan Foley, Jane Kellaghan and many other inspiring professional choreographers. During this time Lisa became a member of Alan Foley's Cork City Ballet company performing and touring with Swan Lake, Ballet Spectacular and The Nutcracker alongside Monica Loughman and many others.
Lisa furthered her dance training at Masters Performing Arts College, Essex, achieving an advanced diploma in dance & the performing arts. Lisa worked as a professional dancer, singer, actor, model and performer in Essex and London.
Lisa had the wonderful opportunity to perform back home at The Cork Opera House beginning of 2004 in 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'Side by Side' by Sondheim before leaving for a six month contract as a performer on The Sundream cruise ship.
Lisa was delighted to return home to Cork in November 2004 to perform at the Cork Opera House in the pantomime 'The Pied Piper'. Various shows that Lisa performed in soon after included 'Oliver Twist' (Helix Theatre, Dublin), 'Babes in the Wood' (Cork Opera House), 'Man of le Mancha' (Cork Opera House), 'Mother Goose' (Gaeity Theatre, Dublin), '42nd Street' (Olympia Theatre, Dublin), 'Sleeping Beauty' (Cork Opera House).
Film work includes; Dancer in Tudors (Mapel Film Productions), Choreographer & Dancer for Waterford Arts Council website, Choreographer for Don’t Tell the Bride RTE.Naomi Luttrell
Naomi Luttrell began her training at the age of four studying many different styles including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, commercial, hip-hop and Irish. Naomi has performed in many different professional productions including many pantomimes and the touring cast of the All Star Wars.
On completion of her Leaving Certificate she attended UCC for four years. During her time there she was a member of the UCC jazz squad and each year attended, competed and won the inter-varsities competition. For the 2016 college year Naomi went back to the jazz squad and choreographed the squad’s routine for the inter-varsities competition.
After her time in UCC she attended the CSN Dance course under the direction of Jane Kellaghan studying many different styles of dance. She is a passionate and dedicated teacher with 6 years’ experience in the Sinead Sheppard School of Dance and more recently Cork Arts Studio, UCC Dance and Billie-Jean’s East Cork Stage School Rhythm Dance Company. As well as her experience in teaching; ballet, modern, jazz, commercial, hip-hop and dance gymnastics, she also has 6 years’ experience coaching in a gymnastics club. Naomi is a qualified dance teacher through the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA). She also holds a modern dance cert from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), a qualification to teach Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and DDMIX (Diverse Dance Mix).
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