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Danceworld was established 20 years ago in Ballina, Co. Mayo under the founder and creative director Áine Egan, who started Danceworld with a passion for dance and the arts and developed her passion into a successful business. From its humble beginnings, it has grown from strength to strength, establishing itself with schools located across the county with classes in Ballina, Ballinrobe, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris and Westport.

Danceworld classes are designed to appeal to boys and girls from ages 4 and half years upwards with recreational classes running six days a week. In our syllabus, we educate our students in many genres of dance, ranging from different styles of hip hop, contemporary and musical theatre. 

We are a non-competitive stage school, with no grading or exams. We pride ourselves on creating the best possible experience for our students to aid the growth of their self-confidence. For us, it is not only dancing. The development of a child's confidence at their own pace, is at the heart of what we do, while working towards our annual summer showcase, where every student has the equal opportunity to feel like a star on a stage of possibilities.


I really believe that our team are of the highest standard. We are dedicated, professional and passionate about the work we do.


We are devoted to fostering a fun and inspiring environment in which all students can feel happy, supported, comfortable and free to express themselves through movement.

As our motto goes, 'It's not just a's a way of life.'

Director's Message

Áine Egan


At Danceworld, our goal is to create a positive and happy experience for all our students. We are dedicated to fostering a fun and inspiring environment in which all students can feel happy, supported, comfortable and free to express themselves through movement. Danceworld has a professional and encouraging approach with a high standard of teaching under the direction of Áine Egan, who believes “giving the students something to work towards is essential, resulting in our annual summer showcase.” 

While dancing has many physical and health benefits; our aim is to achieve many educational elements also. We strive to instil creativity in children and teenagers and encourage an appreciation for the arts. We seek to strengthen our students communicative and social skills and improve their ability to work as part of a team. Physical development is one of the most obvious benefits of dance for children. They learn a great range of motion, body awareness, balance, muscle strength, coordination, and endurance. Through Danceworld classes, students begin to understand that the possibilities of movement are endless and fun to explore while learning lifelong skills. As our motto goes; It’s not just a's a way of life.

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At what age can my child join?

We teach children from the age of 4 ½ -18yrs. Students may join if they are 4yrs old turning 5yrs within 6 months of enrolling.

Does my child have to audition?

No, your child does not have to audition to gain a place in our classes, we welcome children and teenagers of all ages and abilities at Danceworld.

Do students require previous experience?

No experience is required to join any of our classes. We provide for students with all levels of experience in the performing arts.


Danceworld’s Code of Conduct is in place in order to help students to learn in an orderly and non-disruptive environment. It is imperative that all parents, dancers and teachers read and follow our Code of Conduct. Danceworld aim to create a safe and positive learning environment to ensure all students enjoy their time with us.


  • Dancers, teachers and parents are expected to be kind and respectful to each other within our dance environment. Bullying or disrespectful behaviour will not be tolerated under any circumstances. 

  • Arrive promptly for class as they start on time each week; please ensure your child arrives 5-10 minutes prior to class and is collected on time. Under 12 years of age, dancers should be collected from the door of the building. Dancers are the responsibility of the teacher during class time only.

  • Please ensure your child has used the toilet facilities prior to class.

  • Consistent class attendance is essential for all dancers to gain the optimal from each class. 

  • Parents should inform us if a dancer cannot make a class or if a dancer has an injury or illness prior to class commencing.

  • Strictly RUNNERS and Danceworld t-shirt to be worn to class, no school uniforms. Jewellery is not permitted.

  • No chewing gum in class or on the premises at any stage. Dancers should bring water, no fizzy drinks or food allowed unless instructed otherwise.

  • Mobile phones are strictly forbidden while in class.

  • Strictly no parents or siblings permitted during class.

  • If a dancer is not continuing into the next term, we please ask for the parent to inform the teacher.


In recent months, we asked the parents/guardians and our students to take part in an anonymous customer satisfaction survey. We received a phenomenal response and had so many to choose from, here are a few of the lovely responses.


 Based on some of the responses we have compiled a collection of our parents/guardians wonderful feedback.

10-18 YEARS

We asked our older students what they enjoy most about Danceworld, these were some of their responses


Our youngest students even offered some of their comments on how they feel after Danceworld classes

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