Youth Ballet West in Galway

Members Achievements



Brigitte O' Reilly commenced training at Northern Ballet school with full scholarship.

Aidan Walsh moved on to third level dance training at Bird College, London

Diarmuid Scahill has accepted a place at Arts Educational College, London.

Elspeth Mc Keever graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance while Rebecca Lee has graduated from Royal Scottish Conservatoire's BA in Modern Ballet. We wish them the best of luck in their future careers.


The success of Youth Ballet West students continues in 2012 with the most recent offers going to Aidan Walsh, Jessica Healy, Rachel Noonan and Gemma Brooke:

Aidan Walsh is leaving Ireland after his Junior Certificate to attend St. Bede’s Legat in East Sussex which combines a vocational dance school with a comprehensive academic education which will prepare him for his A levels.  
Jessica Healy has been offered a place in the prestigious Central School of Ballet London.
Rachel Noonan has auditioned successfully for London Studio Centre.
Gemma Brooke has accepted a place at the Glasgow Academy of Music and Drama where she will study for a career in musical theatre.
For the first time ballet students from the west of Ireland are competing successfully on the world stage. Youth Ballet West has prepared them to take their place on this stage, confident that they have the technical competence, performing experience and the self-reliance to live and study away from home.


Irish National Dance Awards: Jessica Healy: 1st place in classical ballet age 13-15, Brigitte O’ Reilly: 2nd place in classical ballet age 16-19, Niamh Carey: 3rd place in classical ballet age 16-19


Rebecca Lee has accepted an offer to train for a BA in Modern Ballet at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Caitlin Langan has accepted an offer to train at the London Studio Centre.

Gemma Brooke is offered full time training places by the London Studio Centre, Millennium Performing Arts College, and Bird College of Performing Arts.

Jessica Nolan is offered a full time training place at the Bird College of performing Arts.

Brigitte O' Reilly is offered a place in Ballet West, Scotland.

Elspeth McKeever commenced trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance.



Irish National Dance Awards: Niamh Carey: 1st place in classical ballet age 13-15, Rachel Noonan: 3rd place in classical ballet age 13-15, Siomha Mc Garry: 3rd place in classical ballet age 16-19

Mary Walsh performed with Chrysalis Dance Company on the “Ways You Wander” national tour and was accepted to train at the Royal Academy of  Dance college in London.


Irish National Dance Awards: Mary Walsh: 1st place classical ballet age 16-19, Niamh Carey: joint 1st place classical ballet age 13-15, Gemma Brook: 3rd place classical ballet and 2nd place jazz age 13-15, Rachel Noonan: 3rd place jazz age 13-15

Stephanie DuFresne: recipient of  “Shawbrook Dance Award” 2009.

Founder member Stephanie DuFresne is accepted to train with ArtEZ Dansacademie in Arnhem, Holland.

Founder member Mary Walsh is apprenticed to Chrysalis Dance Company for 2008 season and performs the solo “Lucky One” created by Judith Sibley to music by Paddy Casey.

Members create a new work “9 Million Bicycles” which wins first place in the annual Corrib Dance Academy Choreographic Competition. The piece is added to the company repertoire.

Having gained high results in vocational level R.A.D. exams members are all working towards dance qualifications at intermediate and advanced levels

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