Proudly teaching Dance since 1989

The Goode School of Dance was established in 1989 by Rachel Goode and trains students in Classical Ballet and Modern Theatre Jazz from 3 years old. Classes are held in a friendly atmosphere encouraging good posture, confidence, musicality, creativity and a love of Dance.

 Meet our Team

Rachel Goode

A.R.A.D., R.T.S, B.R.S.dip

Rachel began dancing with Vonnie Goulding and then continued her vocational training with Cynthia O’Dunlaing. She furthered her training with Dublin City Ballet and danced in many of their productions. She danced Clara in Nutcracker and the doll in Coppelia.

Rachel at age 15 won an Irish Arts Council scholarship to train at the Ballet Rambert, London. She graduated with their diploma. She danced professionally in London before returning to Ireland to open her first school in Galway in 1989. When Mrs Goulding retired Rachel took over her school in Dun laoghaire.

Rachel is a fully qualified teacher of the Royal Academy of Dancing ( Ballet) and The Imperial society teachers of Dancing (Modern) and continues her learning through on going CPD courses each year.

Rachel is delighted to be celebrating 30 years of teaching and is so proud of all the
students that she has taught, many of them have continued their dance training abroad.

Emma Hayward

Artistic Director
MSc, BA Hons, ISTD CDE, AISTD Dip, RAD RTS, Pilates Institute Dip

Emma trained at Northern Ballet School, UK where she graduated from the Professional Dancer Course before performing, choreographing and teaching in the UK & Europe.
She is a fully qualified teacher in Ballet (RAD & ISTD), Modern Theatre Dance/ Jazz (ISTD) and Fitness Instruction (OCR, NTC & Pilates Institute). Emma holds an MSc in Dance Science & Education (Edinburgh University), a 1st class BA Hons in Dance Education (Durham University) and is currently undertaking a Higher Education lecturer qualification at Trinity College, Dublin. She has also completed numerous CPD courses including; Conditioning & Injury Prevention for dancers, Alexander Technique, Developmental Psychology & Child Protection.
In Greece, Emma ran her own school, taught at the American University and worked with Arts Authorities establishing dance departments and a regional youth company. In Ireland, Emma is a Dance & Academic tutor at Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE) on the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Dance course and she is also Subject Specialist Lead Internal Verifier for the BTEC National Diploma course.
Emma has worked with Rachel since 2006 and is Artistic Director of the school.

Deirdre O’Riordan
Deirdre O’RiordanR.A.D. RTS, BA (Sci)
Deirdre trained with Patricia Joan McCarthy in Dublin and continued her training with the Metropolitan School of Dance where she gained her RAD teachers certificate with Distinction. Deirdre also gained a BA at Trinity College, Dublin. Deirdre is a fully qualified teacher of the Royal Academy of Dancing and has been working with Rachel since 1998.
Sinead Dunbar
Sinead Dunbar R.A.D. RTS AISTD Dip
Sinead started her training with Cynthia O’Dunlaing, an examiner with the RAD and continued vocationally at the old Irish National College of Dance, whilst there she won a scholarship to train with a prestigious Russian ballet school. She then studied to be an RAD and ISTD teacher at the city college Inchicore, Dublin. Sinead has worked with Rachelsince 1998. Sinead also runs her own dance school and teaches throughout Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare. Sinead is a fully qualified and registered teacher of both the RAD and the ISTD.
Philippa Morgan
Philippa MorganBaBE, LRAD, ARAD, RTS
Philippa grew up in the Lake District where she began her training at a young age. She then moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dance, on the Ba (Hons) Ballet Education Program – on completion Philippa also received her Licentiate for the Royal Academy of Dance. Philippa has worked in Perth, Western Australia, where she taught Ballet and Contemporary in both private and vocational dance schools. During her time in Australia, Philippa was part of the RAD Regional Advisory Panel of WA where she took on various artistic roles. Philippa is also a qualified Pilates Instructor. Philippa started working with The Goode School of Dance in 2018


The School produces a biennial show which is performed in the Pavilion Theatre and also holds a summer school every year with the highlight being the finale show. Performances have also been in the Olympia Theatre in Co. Dublin, the Town Hall Theatre & Leisureland in Galway and the Mermaid Arts Centre in Co. Wicklow.

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The school encourages students to take grade and vocational exams both in Ballet and Modern Jazz. Exams give the student a great sense of achievement. Examinations are organised and administered by theRoyal Academy of Dance (RAD) Examinations Board. The RAD offers an internationally recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments. Read more about exams here.


The school has won Best Dance Group, Junior Cup and has come first in the duet category at the Irish National Dance Awards. Dancers have successfully auditioned to the Irish Youth Ballet Company and Dublin Youth Dance Company. Many students have successfully auditioned to continue their dance training in full-time schools in London and Dublin.


 Parent Reviews

Would highly recommend the Goode School of Dance- excellent, experienced teachers, a knockout Ballet Show every 2nd year and expert tuition towards RAD exams. My 3 daughters wouldn’t miss a class!


I love seeing my daughter flourish in such a fun environment at the Goode School of Dance. The show was a massive highlight over her year which was spectacular! A very special experience for all involved.