DancePro Academy offers term time classes in many genres for children and teens, including baby ballet for students as young as 2.5 years, exams in ISTD Modern Theatre, Ballet and Tap. Musical Theatre and Street dance classes. Students also have the opportunity to perform in a show at the Hertford Theatre every other year. We also have adult jazz classes which are becoming more and more popular.
So get in touch if you like to dance and perform, no matter what age you are we have a class to suit you!
DancePro Academy founder and Artistic Director, Gill Grueber guarantees to keep classes’ fresh, fun and creative, always maintaining a professional standard. Miss Gill has had vast experience in the professional world of musical theatre, performing in movies and on stage in West End Theatres such as the London Palladium and The Lyceum. Not only a performer, Miss Gill has Choreographed for TV and stage and taught in many schools throughout Ireland and the UK. To read more about DancePro Academy’s Principal click here.
Here at DancePro Academy we endeavour to continue spreading the love of performing to everyone believing the skills learned in class can be used throughout life and not just within the studio. Posture, core strength, eye contact, co ordination, kinaesthetic awareness are all important attributes in every walk of life. It is our aim to encourage children to achieve their personal best whilst enjoying their love of dance. View our Gallery to see some of our classes and performances.
Gill Grueber, F.I.S.T.D.
In 1997 Gill graduated from Doreen Bird College with a Dance and Musical Theatre Diploma, Honours in her ballet, modern and tap Advanced 2 ISTD examinations and Distinctions in her Associate teaching qualifications, in the same genres.
Gill began a 10 year career as a professional dancer working with prestigious choreographers such as Rob Ashford, Kevin Allan and Arlene Philips plus internationally respected directors including Oliver Stone.
Her theatre credits include ‘The Lion King’ Lyceum Theatre, West End, ‘Tabaluga and Lily’ Germany, ‘Saturday Night Fever’ London Palladium, West End, ‘Eejit of Love’, ‘Cinderella’, Jack and the Beanstalk, Dublin. Gill’s film and television work includes appearing in Hollywood movie ‘Alexander the Great’ with Colin Farrell for Warner Bros. Pictures and Kevin Spacey who directed and starred in Lion’s Gate Films ‘Beyond the Sea’ She has also appeared in various commercials including tap dancing for The Halifax Building Society.
Other works would include a contact with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Visualantix Ballet Company, Modelling for Buffalo shoes and performing at British telecommunications at their opening ceremony in Geneva. Gill has choreographed for TV show’s ‘You’re A Star’ and ‘Rock Rivals’. Theatre choreography would include ‘High School the Musical’ ‘Grease’ ‘ We Will Rock You’ ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Jack in the Beanstalk’ and ‘Aladdin’.
Gill then decided to continue her teaching career with students and professionals in various schools and companies such as the Monica Loughman ballet company and Ballet Ireland. She obtained more qualifications with the ISTD and now holds DDI and DDE in Ballet, modern and tap and a Licentiate and recently achieved her Fellowship in Ballet.
Having opened DancePro Academy in 2013, Gill could not be happier and feels there are so many more avenues yet to explore.
Gill has obtained her Fellowship Qualification in Ballet, holds a CRB/ DBS certificate and has undergone the Blue Light Safeguarding Training (13/12/13). She has also completed a Paediatric First Aid Training Course with Babybee Safe (29/7/16).
You can read Miss Gill’s story ‘Why I live and breathe dance’
Richard Taylor Woods
Richard has enjoyed volunteering at DancePro Academy. Helping with the ordering of uniforms, singing and drama lesson plans and brain storming new material. He has worked on the sound and lights for shows, workshops and demonstrations and has been a great support.
Having had 15 years’ experience in the West End and on worldwide tours working on shows such as ‘Foot Loose’, ‘Grease’, ‘Wedding Singer’, ‘Evita’, ‘Miss Saigon’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Enron’. Richard is currently the Assistant Resident Director and ‘swing’ on the West End production of Motown The Musical. He holds a CRB and is keen to teach workshops and appear as a frequent guest teacher.
You can read an interview with Richard here