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Ruth Mc Dermott


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Ruth Mc Dermott is a highly experienced Royal Academy of Dance registered ballet teacher. She started her training at Grade level and took all her major [vocational] examinations up to Advanced. Ruth has also completed all levels of the Dance Educational Syllabus [character] and has been a member of the RAD for 35 years. Since then Ruth has been teaching the RAD Grades syllabus, constantly achieving excellent examination results at all levels. She is fully committed to Continuous Professional Development and regularly attends RAD courses. Ruth also works as a chaperone at the RAD summer school at the Academy’s headquarters in London. She has produced and choreographed her students in many productions and competitions. Ruth has Garda clearance and has completed the HSE ‘Children First’ and ‘Keeping Safe’ training. Through her interest in working with teenagers she is also ‘ASSIST’ trained and has trained abroad on how to initiate innovative and creative projects for young people.

Mrs. Mc Dermott is also a Life Member of the Royal Academy of Dance 


Trisha Mc Dermott

BA Ballet Education,



LRAD Level 1-3


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Trisha’s dance career began at a very early age having grown up within the Mc Dermott School of Classical Ballet. By the age of 16 she had successfully made her way through all the Graded syllabus examinations. 


Trisha studied at The Royal Academy of Dance in London, gaining her BA in Ballet Education. Trisha has completed the RAD Licentiate course, the highest award associated with the academy. Having successfully completed all three levels she achieved her Vocational Advanced Two Examination and was invited to become an associate member of the Royal Academy of Dance as well as a registered teacher. As of July 2009 Trisha moved back to Ireland and is now a principal of the Mc Dermott School of Classical Ballet & Dance. Trisha runs the Kilcock, Boyle the Saturday school in Roscommon town. She also provides students with Royal Academy of Dance vocational classes passing on her extensive knowledge of the syllabus to the senior students. 


Trisha also works as a professional choreographer and has worked on music videos and with several musical societies. 


She has successfully developed a schools programme in conjunction with the department of educations policy on dance in physical education and travels to many schools delivering dance workshops. 


In 2009 Trisha became the rehearsal assistant for Youth Ballet West, a youth ballet company based in Co. Galway. The company aims to develop and maintain the highest technical and artistic standards in young dancers as well enabling them to fulfill their full potential.


Trisha also has both a Diploma in Dance Instruction & a Diploma in Dance Education. She is a qualified teacher with the ISTD, teaching the modern theatre syllabus. Trisha is now a member of the Royal Academy of Dance Ireland Regional Advisory Committee. Trisha has also recently qualified as an instructor for DDMIX (Diverse Dance Mix)

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Éadaoin Mairead McKenna began her classical training at the age of four with Shannon Dance Academy. She completed her Royal Academy of Dance graded examination. 


Eadaoin then joined The Mc Dermott Ballet School and was successful in achieving her RAD Intermediate.


It wasn’t long after this that Éadaoin began assisting Miss Trisha and is now a member of the teaching team. Eadaoin has taught many workshops, Summer Schools, prepared students for RAD examinations, and assisted in staging productions. 

Eadaoin successfully auditioned for Inchicore College Dublin's Dance Studies Course.  She spent two-years studying many dance styles and was successful in achieving her Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Intermediate level examination.


Éadaoin has also been teaching classical ballet for The Mullingar Arts Center for a number of years.  Éadaoin is delighted to be back with the McDermotts for another wonderful year! 

Eadaoin is currently enrolled in the Inspire Professional Dance Teacher Training Course where she will complete her ISTB Ballet DDI & DDE.

Eadaoin Mc Kenna

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Jessica Stratford

Jessica began studying ballet with the Mc Dermott School of Classical Ballet when she was four years of age. She successfully completed her Royal Academy of Dance Graded examinations as well as the Vocational Intermediate examination.


Jessica has experience performing with the Mc Dermott School of Ballet and Youth Ballet West, a youth ballet company based in Co. Galway.


Jessica began assisting ballet classes with the Mc Dermott School of Classical Ballet in 2016. She has experience working backstage at shows, exams, and as a music operator for the Royal Academy of Dance exams. Jessica has also been an assistant choreographer with Trisha for Roscommon Community College’s production of “Grease the musical”.


In January 2020 Jessica began her studies with the Royal Academy of dance having been accepted on to the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) Course.

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Aoife Brogan

Aoife Brogan is a dancer and teacher from Roscommon. Aoife’s love of dance began at an early age when she started as a student of the McDermott school of Classical Ballet and Dance. It was there that Aoife successfully completed all her ballet exams upto Advanced Vocational Level. Aoife simultaneously attended Irish Dancing classes from an early age, completing her graded exams with An Comhdháil at The Fahy School.


In 2015, Aoife graduated with an International Bachelor of Education from St. Patrick's College. During her time studying in St. Pat's she continued her ballet education as well as becoming a member of the DCU Ballet Squad.


Currently, Aoife teaches in a DEIS Primary School in Dublin and has experience teaching children of all age groups, including children with special needs. She has completed Tusla’s Children First training and Sport Ireland Ethic’s Safeguarding course.


In January 2019, Aoife began studying with the Royal Academy of Dance, having been accepted onto the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies course. Aoife graduated in August 2021 and is now a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. Aoife is passionate about education and hopes she can pass on her love of learning to her students. 

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