dance course

Dance Course

Including Musical Theatre

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Performing Arts 5M5151

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Duration: One Year Full-Time

This comprehensive program offers an essential blend of Dance, Music and acting modules for the student who aspires to a career in Music Theatre Performance.

An integrated program providing training in Dance, Vocal performance and Acting. This course is designed to develop each performers unique potential and broaden their understanding of the world of Musical Theatre.

The focus is on building a comprehensive knowledge of technique and performance skills, encouraging the learner to work to a higher level and increase their opportunities to progress as a professional performer.

“SCFE really prepared me, both mentally and physically for the realities of a career in dance. I have since performed and choreographed with Dance Theatre of Ireland across Europe and in China.”  
Aisling Ríannon

“Prior to attending Sallynoggin I was a young and eager dancer with great expectations but was not yet formed. Sallynoggin provided a warm and friendly environment from which to flourish. A combination of a strong core group of teachers and ample opportunity to links within the wider professional dance industry set the tone from which the rest of my career prospered. Like the Peter Townsend quote states ‘Dance enables you to find yourself and lose yourself at the same time’. Sallynoggin College allowed me to find myself and I have been getting lost in the wonders and awes of dance ever since.”
Karla Holden Professional Dancer, Choreographer and Lecturer in DCU.


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Learners who successfully complete a QQI Level 5 Certificate may be able to use their results to progress to related Level 7 and Level 8 Degree Programmes. Former learners have progressed to Irish and international universities. In Ireland this includes the B.A. (Hons) in Irish Music and Dance and the B.A. (Hons) in Voice and Dance in the University of Limerick. Third level progression opportunities for QQI learners are continually being developed and enhanced. Please visit or for the most up to date information.

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Fundamentals of Jazz Dance technique and style through warm-up and choreographed dances

Develop Tap dance skills, with an emphasis on rhythm, dynamics and co-ordination.

Use of turnout, postural alignment, step analysis, muscle strength and flexibility. Movement dynamics, performance and projection skills.

The principles of alignment, the use of weight and momentum, torso articulation, floor work and coordination.

Choreography, Ballet Repertoire, Step Analysis, Musical Theatre, Music Performance, Body Conditioning, Improvisation, Hair Artistry for Theatre Productions, TV & Film Make-Up, Communications and Work Experience.

Course Features

• Learners will showcase their achievements at the end of year show
• Attendance at performances of dance and theatre
• Workshops with Industry Experts in the fields of Dance and Theatre
• Work experience in a variety of settings

Our large dance studio has a sprung floor, mirrors and bars.
Changing rooms, showers and lockers
Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library.

Career and Progression Opportunities

Employment as:

  • Dancer and Performer in Theatre and Film.
  • Production
  • Setting up your own Musical Theatre School

Former learners have progressed to the University of Limerick, The London School of Contemporary Dance, Collins Performance Academy, Trinity Laban, London Studio Centre, Arts Educational, Urdang Academy, Experimental Circus Space Austria, Tilburg Academy Holland, Scottish Contemporary Dance, Guilford School of Acting and at the Universities of Leeds, Chichester, Bath Spa and Roehampton.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent. LCA is also acceptable
  • Learners should have a high degree of motivation and a passionate interest in Musical Theatre and Dance
  • Entry to the course is by audition and interview
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements