Suzanne Bergin CBTS RAD RTS
Suzanne Bergin is the Principal and Director of Coastal Ballet School. She began studying ballet in 1976 with Maire Cole in Dublin. She later became a member of the Irish Youth Ballet Company and was a member from the age of 11 until she left in 1992. Suzanne has danced in company performances in the Gaiety and Olympia in many roles.
After leaving the company Suzanne studied Financial Management and worked in the financial services and advertising industry until she opened Coastal Ballet School in 2003. She was awarded her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2004. She is now involved with mentoring and superivising students on this course and assists in the training of new student teachers for the Royal Academy of Dance.
Lisa Tighe BA (Hons) ARAD RADRTS ISTD
Lisa has extensive training Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre Dane and Contemporary dance techniques having studied classical ballet in Killester School of Ballet and Modern Dance to (RAD) Advanced 2 level. She studied ISTD Ballet and Modern Theatre Dance in Castleknock School of Dance and attained all Graded and Vocational Graded examinations to Advanced level.
Lisa completed a Diploma in Dance Production and Performance at Inchicore College of Further Education, Dublin (2004 to 2007). She also achieved her RAD and ISTD teaching qualifications and was a founding member of Core Dance Company, for advanced third year students. Lisa received a BA(hons) Degree in Dance Theatre from TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London in 2010.
Since returning to Ireland Lisa has danced professionally with a number of independent dance and music artists. She has also worked with established Contemporary Dance Companies, such as, John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance Company (UK), Liz Roche and John Jasperse (USA).
Lisa is a highly experienced Ballet, Modern Theatre Dance and Contemporary dance teacher and has taught in various dance schools and venues throughout Dublin, Drogheda and Limerick.
Ursula Harrison trained at the Kim Bailie and Irene McCann Schools of Dance in Modern, Tap, Ballet and Irish Dancing. She achieved high grades in examinations with the British Theatre Dance Association and even made a tv appearance tap dancing and singing!
Ursula competed and won many awards at festivals in N Ireland, and choreographed for several local productions, including Jungle Book and The Prodigal Daughter. She also gained experience teaching alongside Kim Bailie until her early 20’s, when she gave up dancing to pursue a career in Tourism. Four years ago she returned to dance, and is now undertaking the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and teaching Tap dance, which she really loves!
Karen O’Hara RAD RTS, ISTD FDI
Karen trained with the Irish Ballet School on the north side of Dublin from a young age, passing all examinations with merits and distinctions. She decided to turn her love and passion for the art of dance into a career so attended the Dance course in Inchicore College of Further Education in 2007, where she gained teaching qualifications for Modern Dance, and passed all examinations in RAD Classical Ballet and ISTD Modern up to Advanced One and Advanced Two level respectively. While in college she gained a scholarship to visit the annual Impulstanz Dance Festival in Vienna for three weeks where she attended a range of classes including Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and even Bongo lessons! She is now a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, London after completion of the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies in 2011.
Karen is working freelance for various schools at the moment, preparing children and adults for their ballet examinations and choreographing for various different shows, and enjoying every minute of it!
Megan Christie BA (Hons) LRAD ARAD RADRTS
Megan trained at Scottish Ballet Associates before studying full time at the Dance School of Scotland. At the age of 15 she participated in an Australian exchange at Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in Melbourne. Megan then moved to London to study on the BA (Hons) Ballet Education and Licentiate programmes at the Royal Academy of Dance. During her studies she was given the Iris Truscott scholarship and passed Advanced 2 with Merit. Megan graduated with a 2.1 degree classification and has subsequently been awarded ‘Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance.
Upon graduation Megan moved back to Glasgow to tutor to set up weekly outreach ballet classes for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She also taught Vocational RAD ballet at Janice Marshall Stage School and Monument Dance Centre. Megan has taught on summer schools for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was on the Regional Advisory Committee for the RAD in Scotland.