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
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.
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.
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.
Would highly recommend the Goode School of Dance- excellent,
experience d 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.