About Elevate Academy Of DanceAimee MacManus B.A., I.S.T.D., A.B.D., A.A.
Elevate Academy of Dance is directed by Aimee Mac Manus. Aimee has been a dance teacher and choreographer for over 12 years but has been dancing from the age of 3 years. She has a B.A. Honors degree and is an affiliated member of the Associated Board of Dance, she also completed the Imperial Society of Dance Exams and is Acrobatic Arts certified. Aimee and Elevate Academy offers a wonderful all-round education for the aspiring performer and pushes students to their limits while nurturing their needs to help them fulfil their dreams. Aimee feels it is important that whether you want to dance for fun, with your friends or you want to build your confidence, or you want to make a career from dancing that there is a place for everyone to shine and grow within Elevate Academy of Dance.
“It is my aim to remain fresh and keep updated with the ever-changing industry while at the same time offer those students with a passion for dance a fun, safe and sound environment in which they can flourish.”
Aimee trained in many styles and performed and competed throughout Ireland all the way through her teenage years. Aimee’s passion in life is everything to do with dance and she works extremely hard on the creative direction of Elevate Academy of Dance. Aimee obtained her degree in Dance Studies from the University of Wolverhampton in 2007 and her training continued to teaching levels at Inchicore College of Further Education. Here Aimee began to take professional level dance exams in Modern Theatre. Aimee has obtained her Diploma in Dance Instruction and a Diploma in Dance Education in Modern Theatre. She and Elevate Academy of Dance are members of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), which is one of world’s leading dance examination boards. While attending Inchicore, Aimee has been privileged to receive an Impulstanz Scholarship within the ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festivalfor three weeks this summer. Aimee has studied an Acro Dance syllabus and is A.A. certified. Elevate Academy of Dance have introduced dance examinations in Modern Theatre to dancers since September 2017 with their first students surpassing all expectations by receiving merits and distinctions. She also teaches dance within the curriculum in both primary and secondary schools across the Midlands.
Aimee has choreographed many musicals and variety shows, some being Les Miserable, Miss Saigon, Cats, Little Shop of Horrors and Phantom of the Opera. She has been hired many times as Creative Director for events and fundraisers such as Strictly Come Dancing, Lip Sync Battle and Fashion Shows. Aimee has choreographed for the Mullingar Pantomime for 4 years running. She was also a dance tutor with the Mullingar Arts Centre for several years and played a part in their outreach program. Aimee loves to perform any chance she can get and has been in many musicals, pantomimes and plays throughout the years.
Aimee’s choreography and teaching have brought her students to perform on West End stages twice in the past. Her dance students work hard and continue to upskill themselves and win trophies and medals in dance competitions throughout Ireland. Elevate Academy of Dance has brought guest Choreographers to Ireland for dance students to experience dance workshops from some of the best in the business. She has also brought a group of dancers to Europe’s largest Dance Convention ‘Move It’. Aimee continues to seek new and sometimes unique opportunities for her Academy of Dancers.
Aimee says: ‘I continue to train and work on my technique as a dance teacher. I feel it’s extremely important to move forward with the dance world. A lot has changed in dance since I began teaching twelve years ago. My dance students look to me for guidance in the art form and so it’s important I stay fresh and constantly update my choreography and I travel to the UK twice every year to experience dance workshops, conventions and courses which will benefit both my dance students and I’.
All dance teachers are fully qualified and trained. The dance teachers are Garda Vetted and hold a certificate in either First Aid or in Child Protection Policy.
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