About Elevate Academy Of DanceAimee Mac Manus - Artistic Director/Lead Choreographer
Elevate Academy of Dance is directed by Aimee Mac Manus. Aimee has been a dance teacher and choreographer for over ten years but has been dancing from the age of 3 years old. She 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 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. Aimee is currently studying the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing syllabus in Modern Theatre. Aimee will have obtained her Diploma in Dance Instruction and a Diploma in Dance Education in Modern Theatre by the end of the year. Aimee 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. Aimee is introducing dance examinations in Modern Theatre to dancers from September 2017. These dance examinations are recognised worldwide. Aimee 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 5 years running. She is also a dance tutor with the Mullingar Arts Centre. Aimee loves to perform any chance she can get and has been in many musicals; panto’s and plays throughout the years.
Aimee’s choreography and teaching has brought her students to perform on West End stages twice in the past. Her dance students continue to win trophies and medals in dance competitions throughout Ireland. Aimee has brought guest choreographers to Ireland for her dance students to experience dance workshops from some of the best in the business and she continues to seek new and sometimes unique opportunities for her academy of dancers.
Aimee is also currently studying an Acro Dance syllabus and would like to be able to offer her student’s examinations opportunities in 2020. Aimee has a world of experience in dance.
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 ten 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. 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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