Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus


Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus


Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus



Take the first step!


This is your first step to a fascinating and rewarding career in dance. This innovative and exhilarating course provides a comprehensive experience in a wide range of dance styles and techniques. Students develop core skills that can help advance to more specialised professional dance opportunities in performance or in education.

Graduates from this course progress to higher education or they continue to dance professionally or to teach dance. This course offers an opportunity to improve and perfect technical dance skills across a range of dance disciplines and to gain an introduction to teaching qualifications. All students will take ISTD exams. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a high level of motivation, commitment and a passion for dance.


  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent – with exceptions made for talented students.
  • A high degree of motivation and a passionate interest in dance* are required.
  • All applicants are auditioned, and places are awarded on suitability.
  • Some previous dance experience is necessary.


This is a one-year course but students on successful completion of Dance 1 may progress to Dance 2. Exceptionally talented students have the possibility to progress directly to one of the Further/Higher Education colleges in London.


  • Student Services: €250
  • QQI exam fees: €50*
  • ISTD: €119
  • Workshop & Guest Lecturers: €280
    Total: €699

Please note that only debit cards/visa/mastercard payments are acceptable for payment. The College cannot accept cash/cheque.

* Note: Students with medical cards are exempt from paying the QQI exam fee.


  • QQI Level 5 in Dance (5M4572).


Students will be examined in 8 subject areas. The following subjects may be offered:

Dance Performance - 5N0781

The purpose of this subject is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to perform dance sequences in a choice of genres and styles, using technical dance skills, as part of a group and as a solo.

Dance Production - 5N0782

The purpose of this subject is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to develop a critical viewpoint and awareness of the historical background to different dance styles by the use of technological aids and live performances.

Classical Ballet - 5N6165

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in Classical Ballet to develop a strong and lyrical classical technique, with the emphasis on control, musicality and core strength, enabling the learner to develop a sensitivity to the classic style and the performance skills required of this genre.

ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance)

Vocational Dance Examinations.

Communications - 5N0690

The purpose of this subject is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and nonverbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related tasks, operating independently while under general direction.

Work Experience - 5N1356

The purpose of this subject is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to participate in the workplace for a limited time, carrying out work-related tasks independently while under general direction. Work Experience is undertaken with a professional dance company or school.

Theatre Performance Skills - 5N4568

This award enables the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to work under supervision in a performance context a professional theatre setting or to progress to further and or higher education and training.


For full details on progression opportunities see these links:

Excellent progressions opportunities including:

  • IAB Institute of the Arts Barcelona.
  • Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts.
  • Laine Theatre Arts.
  • London Contemporary Dance School.
  • Bodyworks Dance Studios.
  • London Studio Centre.
  • Urdang Performing Arts.
  • Millenium Performing Arts.
  • Stellaman Performing Arts.

Students who wish to use the links to further studies will need to attain a certain level of achievement in their QQI award.


  • Jane Kellaghan: Director – Crux Dance Theatre.
  • Claire Rigney: Musical Theatre Artist.
  • Lorcan O’ Neill: Contemporary Dance Artist.
  • Richard Murphy: Chicago – West End, London.
  • Mary Wycherley: Lecturer – University of Limerick.
  • Darragh O’Leary: West End, London.
  • Antoinette Casserley: Director – Galway Ballet School.
  • Cormac Murphy: Ballet Theatre UK.
  • Amy O’Sullivan: Principal Teacher – AFAD.
  • Claire Skelly: Dancer – Cork City Ballet.
  • Amanda Duke: Teacher – Donna’s Dance Studio.

Recent students who went on to further study in London:

  • Alison Healy: gained entry into Momentum Performing Arts Academy, London UK
  • Dylan Wiggins: Stella Mann College of Performing Arts, London (Scholarship)
  • Chris O’Doherty: Stella Mann College of Performing Arts, London (Scholarship)
  • Laura Gee: Dance 1 graduate offered three colleges (Doreen Bird College of Dance, London, Urdang College of Performing Arts, London, Laine Theatre Arts)


Students will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of national and international choreographers and dance companies including West End and Broadway stars.


Opportunities exist for dancers in ballet companies, contemporary dance companies, musical theatre, West End, teaching, choreographing, producing and music videos.


Beverly Mitchell

Dance Course Testimonal. Former student of the course, and visiting lecturer Beverly Mitchell.

Dance Graduate Interviews

Lorcan J. O’ Neill, Inma Pavon and Helga Deasy, graduates of Tramore Road Campus Dance course reflect on their time here.

25 Years of Dance at Tramore Road Campus

Showcase of dancers over the years.



“I always knew that I wanted to become a professional dancer from when I was only 8 years of age, dancing at the Billie-Jean’s Rhythm Dance School in Midleton’ remarks Chris O’Doherty who has just landed a new contract as a resident dancer with Princess Cruises. ‘The challenge for me was how to turn a childhood talent into a profession?’

In 2017 Chris came for audition and was accepted on the Dance Course with Jane Kellagan at Cork College of FET, Tramore Road Campus. Here Chris was introduced to Ballet, Contemporary, ISTD Modern and Jazz Dance, Pas-de-Deux, Pointe Work, Yoga, Choreography, Craft and Improvisation Skills. He has never looked back since and the skills and training that he received over his two years have been the foundation of his career to date. Chris graduated in 2019 and was awarded a scholarship at the prestigious Stella Mann College of Performing Arts, Bedford near London, where after three years he graduated with his level 8 Diploma in Professional Dance.

With all his training, Chris has used his dance to travel the world and his talent has led to an exciting position working with one of the world’s largest cruise companies, Princess Cruises. At the young age of 24, Chris has already been on two world cruises, his favourite stopovers being Honolulu in Hawaii and Sydney in Australia. He is presently on his way to Los Angeles for rehearsals where he is set to dance on three different cruises, the Crown, Emerald and Ruby Princesses. We are all very proud of him. ‘I hope my story inspires some young dancers to follow in my footsteps and benefit from the great start that I received at the Tramore Road Campus.”

Chris O’Doherty


“After completing one year in CSN Dance I can honestly say it has been one of the most amazing and valuable experiences. I’ve learnt so much from our teachers this year and it has really helped me with my confidence and performance. I wish to continue on in CSN for a second year in Dance to keep up my training while continuing to improve and strengthen as a dancer. Following next year I plan on doing performing work abroad and also to train for teaching qualifications to become a qualified dance teacher. Coming to CSN this year to do the dance course was one of the best decisions I’ve made and I’ve grown not only as a dancer, but as a person. I would 100% recommend this course to anyone looking to make a career in dance.”

Becky Sheil


“When I first came to college in September I had no idea that I would have such an amazing year. I have learned so much about myself and I have made friends for life. My dancing and performance skills have all improved since I came to CSN thanks to my teachers Jane & Aishling. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to pursue a career in dance. After I finish in CSN I would like to move to England and continue with my dancing. My first year in CSN Dance 1 was amazing but to top it all off I won “Student Of The Year” at our Graduation Show. I am looking forward to further improving my dance and performance skills when I come back for a second year.”

Dylan Wiggins


Jane Kellaghan, Course Director
Tel: (021) 2067 644