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Welcome to Ballet Theatre Ireland, College of Dance. Where we set the standard others follow.

Ballet Theatre Ireland welcomes pupils from ages 3 years and upwards: all abilities, boys & girls.

All classes are taught by the director with over 35 years experience. The great advantage of this is that talent can be spotted at an early age and can then be nurtured and guided towards a professional career. All students are taught to the highest standards. The school has an excellent exam record with students gaining excellent results.

About Us

“What sets us apart from other dance schools is our track record”

The director Mary Gibson has over 35 years experience, and teaches all the ballet classes to maintain the very high professional standards of the school. Past students have gone on for futher professional training at the renouned Royal Ballet School London; Amsterdam Dance Academy & London Dance Studios, others are also teaching world-wide.

Mary started her dance training with the late Joan Denise Moriarty, she then went on to become the schools senior teacher for many years, during which time one of her responsibilities was to train the students of the Irish National Ballet while the company was away at tour.

She then moved to Amsterdam, Holland where she stayed for many years teaching in various full-time prefessional state schools.

On her return to Ireland Mary opened her own schools throughout Cork City and county along with opening a full-time course to train dancers and teachers. Each summer Mary ran a school bringing teachers from Russia; Holland; Hungary; Sweden and England.

In the 90s Mary secured grants from the arts council, which allowed six Irish students attend the Vaganava Summer School in St. Petersburg, Russia.

She later attended The Vaganava Summer School herself and while there, invited the school itself to perform at The Cork Opera House. Sixty dancers along with teachers and directors were invited for the schools first ever visit to Ireland.

Mary has also taught as a guest teacher at summer schools in Norway; Greece; Japan; Northern Ireland; England and America.

With all this accumulated knowledge and experience, Mary brings to her students the very best of dance training and is a dedicated teacher.


– We have ballet classes for children ages 3 upwards
– Professional classes for those students wishing to become professional dancers

Intensive Dance Summer School

Where Classical Ballet; Jazz Ballet; Contemporary Dance, together with creative Art are taught.

Guest teachers, from Russia; Poland; Hungary; Holland & England give tutorials from time to time.


Students are entered for the Royal Academy of Dance London Examination, where we always have 100% success rate.

– Examinations are not compulsory

– Free Trial classes and private lessons


– We have two large Dance Studios

– Dressing room,

– Dance shop

– Large Reception area where parents can relax while their children are being taught to the highest standard in the city.

– Car parking and the facilities of Douglas Court; Farmers market.

Contact Us

For Details of Enrolment days and other information please contact

Director: Mary Gibson-Madden

Telephone 021 – 4842043


Douglas – The old Library Douglas Court Shopping Centre
Midleton – St Bridgets N.S – Wednesdays
Carrigtwohill – Community Centre – Wednesdays

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3 years ago

All classes are now fully booked, from tomorrow our waiting list will be available

3 years ago

Getting ready for our back to some sort of normality next week, our privates 1 to1 starts Monday June 8th social distance adhered to

3 years ago

Hi everyone, hope that you are staying safe and enjoying the weather, as and from June 8th I will be available for privates 1 to1, should you be interested please contact me on 0860656846, open to ... See more

3 years ago

Happy Easter everyone, enjoy the wonderful weekend and weather xx

3 years ago

Hi Mary. Will we be able to make up the lost lessons due to the closure as result of Covid 19, as we have paid upfront for the term? Thanks.

3 years ago

Please stay safe everyone. I am available for privates 1 /1 if anyone is getting bored

3 years ago

Sorry my last post should read ballet barres

3 years ago

Classes as usual all this week, will review over the weekend, all ballet barrels are cleaned after each class plus all door handles and taps ect, please wash hands before and after class

3 years ago
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Just to reasure parents and students that our premises are deep cleaned once a week and sanatized on a daily basis

3 years ago

Just to reasure parents and students that our premises are deep cleaned once a week and sanatized on a daily basis