Meet The Teachers


Anne Maher AIDTA

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Dublin-born Anne Maher is one of Ireland’s most respected voices in ballet and dance, with an international career spanning over 30 years.

Having trained initially with Myrtle Lambkin, Anne was awarded a scholarship by the late Princess Grace of Monaco, to study at L’Acadamie de Danse Classique in Monte Carlo under Marika Besobrasova. Following her training in Monaco, Anne danced for the British Ballet Theatre in London and as Principle Ballerina touring all over Europe with Wiener Ballett Theater. She has danced all of the major roles in classical ballet, including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Juliet in Romeo & Juliet.

Anne returned to Ireland in 1997 and in 1998 established Ballet Ireland – The National Ballet of Ireland, which she continues to develop as a successful and vibrant national touring company funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. She also established and is chairperson of Irish Ballet Forum, a resource organisation which provides master classes, intensive courses and information for Ireland’s aspiring young dancers.

Anne continues to be one of this country’s biggest advocates for ballet and dance. She is chairperson of the Board of Dance Ireland and for the past 2 years has sat on the Graduate Assessment Panel at Elmhurst School in Birmingham, alongside Kevin O’Hare, Director of the Royal Ballet Company and Christopher Hampson, Director of Scottish Ballet.

She opened her ballet school in 1997 and continues to teach alongside her commitments as Director of Ballet Ireland.

Emma Madden AIDTA

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Emma started ballet at the age of 4 with Paula Kearns School of Dance in Dublin. During this time Emma became a fully qualified Classical Ballet and Freestyle Dance teacher.

Emma became a member of the Irish National Youth Ballet Company for 4 years before receiving a scholarship to the Northern Ballet School in Manchester at the age of 16.

She has since worked for companies worldwide performing for Openwide International, Say2 Productions and Costa Crociere where she took on the roles of Dance Captain, Production Manager and Assistant Choreographer before returning to Dublin.

Emma is delighted to be teaching ballet for the Anne Maher School of Dance since 2008 and is looking forward to another successful year with the school.

Ashleigh O’Neill AIDTA

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Ashleigh began her studies when she was 6 years old with the Bissett School of Ballet. As a teenager she enrolled at the Anne Maher School of ballet to further her studies. Ashleigh was a member of the Ballet Ireland Associate Programme where she studied with members of Ballet Ireland and performed with the company in the National Concert Hall.

Ashleigh also trained at the Gaiety School of acting and has won a number of acting awards as a member of Prosperous Dramatic Society. She has performed all over the world, most recently for HSH Prince Albert in the Princess Grace Theatre in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Ashleigh looks forward to sharing her love of all aspects of theatre and performance with her students.