About us

Isabelle Ashe - LISTD Registered Teacher all genres

 Isabelle is third generation dance teacher following her Grandmother, Julia Foley and Mother, Clodagh Foley-Martin into the industry. Isabelle trained from the age of three years old at the Castleknock School of Dance in RAD Classical Ballet and in the ISTD Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre/Jazz and Tap dance syllabi where she took all Grades and Vocational examinations to Advanced Two level. Isabelle performed for many seasons with the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin being both a singing and dancing member. She further enhanced her dance qualifications taking classes in Bird College (where she was offered a place in full time training) and subsequently trained for teaching examinations at Merseyside College of Dance and Drama. As a result of this training Isabelle attained Associate and Licentiate status with the ISTD and was proud to be the first Irish teacher to gain Licentiate status in the Modern Theatre Branch. From sound training, great heritage and a love of performing arts, Isabelle has developed a dynamic and progressive Theatre Arts school on the south side of Dublin. From her extensive Modern Theatre/Jazz dance training Isabelle has adapted the ISTD Modern syllabus and married it with Ballet and Contemporary facets to create a Lyrical Jazz dance programme which has been widely and enthusiastically embraced by her students aged eight to seventeen and proving immensely popular with students aged 10-13 who are new to dance.

Emilie Quigley - Teacher

Emilie trained with Debbie Allen School of Dance where she completed all grade and vocational examinations in both ISTD Classical Ballet and Modern Theatre Syllabi and also in RAD Classical Ballet. Through-out this time Emilie also trained with the Irish National Youth Ballet Company and took part in may performances with the company over the years. Emilie completed a year of vocational dance training in the London Studio Centre before moving back to Ireland to commence her studies in Philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin. Emilie co-choreographed several winning pieces of the All Ireland Dance Intervarsities. We are delighted to have Emilie teaching Contemporary, acting, singing and music with us and are thrilled to have her assisting within the other genres also.

 

 

Rachel Lopez - Past pupil and guest teacher

Rachel trained at Isabelle Ashe School of Dance. On her first ever Ballet class at the age of twelve years, Rachel announced "this is what I want to do..." Despite being a late starter in dance, Rachel made-up lost ground very, very quickly attaining Grade Five, vocational examinations Intermediate and Advanced One in Classical Ballet and Intermediate Modern all within three years. Rachel decided to pursue a career in dance and was delighted to be accepted into her dream College - Laine Theatre Arts in London and is currently in her final year. Rachel was one of only two girls in the group of eighty to receive a scholarship and was made Head Girl of first year. We were delighted to have Rachel perform for us at the National Concert Hall in June this year and following a number of wonderfully successful Commercial, Modern/Jazz and Tap classes she gave in our school during her breaks this year we are delighted to have her as a regular guest teacher with us. Rachel will continue giving Master Classes in Broadway and Commercial Jazz along with Tap and Singing for us this year.  

 

Andrew Wilson - School Patron 

Isabelle is deeply appreciative of the support and endorsement of our Patron Andrew Wilson.
Andrew Wilson `A.R.A.D. (Solo Seal), F.I.S.T.D., Dip P.D.T.C. (R.A.D. London), Cert. Ed.
Born in Dublin, Andrew trained with Jill Wigham School of Dance, Dublin, Bird College, Kent and The Royal Ballet School, London where he was chosen to represent the school at the International Ballet competition, The Prix de Lausanne, Switzerland.  He is a former soloist of The Birmingham Royal Ballet and has danced in all the great classical ballets and also in a variety of roles in works by such distinguished choreographers as Ashton, MacMillan, Wright, Cranko, Balanchine, De Valois, Van Manen, De Mille and Joos.
Andrew guest teaches for the R.A.D. and I.S.T.D. internationally.  He created the Advanced 2 Boys Ballet syllabus for the I.S.T.D. Imperial Ballet Faculty. He is currently Head of Ballet at Bird College, Kent and is a vocational graded examiner for the I.S.T.D.  Imperial Ballet Faculty.

Sister Schools

Castleknock School of Dance