Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy Expands to Lismore

Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy has arrived in West Waterford. The unique dance experience for children aged 3 to 6 is based on the stories of the international animated sensation, Angelina Ballerina, launches on Saturday, February 25th in the town of Lismore.

The first of its kind in Waterford county, the Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy allows children as young as three to develop their musicality, imagination and motor skills in classes that follow and bring to life the adventures of Angelina Ballerina, a remarkable mouseling who has taken the world one pirouette at a time with her determination and unquenchable zest for fun.

The fastest growing dance teaching partnership in the UK and Ireland, Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy is an innovative dance programme designed by professionals in the fields of dance and early childhood education that is revolutionizing the way dance is taught to young children.

The half-hour classes not only introduce children to the early movements in ballet, jazz and musical theatre, they also focus on socialization skills, positive values and classroom behaviours through the carefully crafted stories of Angelina Ballerina and her friends. Backed by the success of the hit animation TV series and the books by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig, this new business venture is making the world of fantasy a reality for young children.

“We are excited to be launching this unique dance programme in West Waterford this February because it will introduce a new generation of youngsters to dance” says Academy teacher Amanda Duke. “We hope to inspire young children to learn and grow through the fully interactive world and positive values of Angelina Ballerina.”

For more information on classes, see www.angelinaballerinadance.com

Monday, January 23, 2012

St Declan's Way - Ardfinnan to Ardmore

If you fancy a weekend of walking, history, comraderie not to mention good food, music and drinks, then "St. Declans Way" Ardfinnan to Ardmore is ideal for you. This event takes place over 3 days commencing at Main Street, Ardfinnan at 9.30am on St. Patricks Day.

Day 1 brings the traveller to Lismore with a visit to the Heritage Centre and a talk at 'Lady's Abbey'. Accomodation and dinner is provided by Lismore Hotel for Saturday and Sunday night.

Day 2 commences with a visit to Lismore Farmers Market and a talk at St. Carthages Cathedral, Lismore and then a 20km walk to Aglish. You will be bussed back to Lismore for a well earned dinner  in the hotel and a traditional music session at the local pub.

Day 3 - Aglish to Ardmore with dinner that night in 'The Hermitage' Clogheen.

If you survive the weekend you'll have walked a total of 64km, not bad for a Paddies weekend!

The cost is €145 pp to include transport, B&B, 2 dinners at Lismore Hotel 058 72966 (Please book direct)

Please contact Kevin O Donnell on 086 3541700  or Martha Beardmore on 087 9107201 for further information

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Two By One in the Courthouse Theatre

Announcing an exciting and moving night of theatre entitled “Two By One”. Thieving Magpie Theatre Co. (Cork) and New Heritage Theatre Group (Kilkenny) will bring their award-winning One Act productions to the Courthouse on February 3rd and 4th.

Fresh from winning Best Writer, Director, Actress and Design at Cork Writer’s Week, Jan O’Sullivan, Irene Kelleher and Judy Donovan will perform “Fishtail” by Jennifer Williams, directed by Sarah O’Dwyer. John Stack and Paula Drohan will perform “Pictures” which took two first places on the One Act circuit in November. The play is written by John himself and directed by Brendan Drohan.

“Fishtail”takes us on a moving journey through fantasy and reality, in a complicated relationship between Serena and her mother Alice. Both women share their deepest thoughts and wishes in a gripping piece of new writing. The Cork Examiner described the play as “imaginative”, ”chilling” and “compelling”.

“Pictures” is a witty, fast-paced portrayal of central character Brian’s journey through life, love and tragedy. Through a series of snapshots taken in time, the play depicts the fragility of our ties to loved ones. Biddy White Lennon (actress and director) referred to the piece as “tautly written”, “well constructed”…”utterly brilliant”.

Two By One is a production not to be missed. Courthouse Theatre Feb 3rd and 4th. Bookings at Cahills 058 53992 daily or on 086 8938373 (6-9pm).