Teachers

Denise O’Beirne

deniseDenise is the principal and director of Dizzyfeet and she has been teaching dance to children of all ages for the last 21 years.  She is trained in Tap Dance, Ballet, Modern & Street Jazz and Musical Theatre.  In addition to her training she is also a licenced Zumba® Fitness, Zumba® Kids and Aqua Zumba® instructor. Denise is a former pupil of the Billie Barry Stage School and is a regular performer onstage having been in various musicals such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Anything Goes, Singing in the Rain, A Chorus Line, Hot Mikado, Some Like it Hot, West Side Story and 42nd Street.

As an award winning choreographer, Denise has successfully staged and choreographed numerous pantomimes and musicals including: Jack & The Beanstalk, Treasure Island, Oliver, The Wiz, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Brigadoon, Hot Mikado, Follies, Gigi, Honk Junior, Guys & Dolls, Sweet Charity, Annie, Calamity Jane, Meet Me in St. Louis (Winner Best Choreography – AIMS 2009), The New Pirates of Penzance (Australian version!), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Seussical, Hairspray (St. Joseph of Cluny TY), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Runner-Up Best Choreography – AIMS 2017 / Winner Best Ensemble – AIMS 2017), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Jekyl & Hyde and Anything Goes.  Her work also includes many corporate showcases for Microsoft, ESB Electric Ireland and Ford Motor Company.  Denise was also choreographer for RTE’s popular “Bachelor’s Walk”.

 

Kat Lyons

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Kat joined the Dizzyfeet team in 2016 after teaching at our series of Summer Camps, bringing a wealth of experience to our classes.

She began singing and dancing at a very young age and attended a number of classes in various styles of dance throughout her childhood and teens. At the age of 15, Kat performed in her first musical, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers and since then has performed a number of roles including Mary Magdalene (Jesus Christ Superstar) Wendy-Jo (Irish Amateur Premier of Footloose) Connie McKenzie (A Chorus Line) and Lucinda & Stepmother (Into The Woods).

Kat graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2014 with a BA Hons in Dance and Musical Theatre and since then has set up her own performance academy.

She also works as a children’s entertainer and can regularly be found in shopping centres and at corporate events around the country performing with Angelina Ballerina, Fireman Sam and Barney.  Kat adores working with the incredibly talented children (and teachers) of Dizzyfeet and is so happy to be a part of the Dizzyfeet family.

 

Lea Carroll

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Lea started dancing at the age of 3, training in all styles. When she was 20, she was awarded a Full Scholarship to Bird College in London, where she studied professional musical theatre for 3 years. Since graduating, Lea has worked as a Dancer and Choreographer all over Ireland. She has performed with June Rodgers for the past 5 years in her Christmas show. Last year she took on the role of choreographer, and this year will once again take on this role at the new venue “Taylor’s Three Rock”.
She also worked for 3 years as Dance captain on board the Oscar Wilde for Irish Ferries. TV credits include: Penny Dreadful season 2 and 3, Vikings, Republic of Telly, Holby City, Christmas with Daniel O Donnell, and The Man who invented Christmas.

As a choreographer, Lea has worked with numerous Stage and Theatre Schools throughout Ireland. She has choreographed for Irish Musical Societies for the last 4 years. Shows include All Shook Up, Ragtime, Me and my girl, The Addams Family, Jesus Christ Superstar and 9 to 5. Lea has also been nominated for a national AIMS “Best Choreography” award twice, in 2015 and 2017, for her work on Clara MS productions of Evita and Cats.  Lea loves teaching and is delighted to be a part of the Dizzyfeet team.

 

LA Feeney

Joining the team – September 2023

LA Feeney started his performing arts “journey” at the tender age of 4 years-old with Croine Flaherty (RIAM), progressing onto the Maureen V. Ward’s Talented Kids Performing Arts School, the Lir Junior Academy, Mill Youth Theatre Company and graduated from UCD, 2021 (BA, performing arts) on a full Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholarship. 

On stage he has played leading roles in the National Concert Hall (“Bugsy Malone”, “Oliver!”), Grand Opera House (“Les Miserables”), Youth Music Theatre, UK (various), Mill Theatre (“Antigone” and “Calendar Girls”) and Ballaly Players (“Taming of the Shrew” as part of the Summer Shakespeare season, St. Edna’s Park, Rathfarnham and Sylvan Theatre, Killruddery House) and as well as TV roles with RTE (Children’s TV presenter, Damo and Ivor), BBC (Ripper Street) and he won the Richard Harris International Film Festival Monologue Competition, 2017.  LA has also worked with Fizz and Chips Productions (Never mind the weather) and was a schoolboy in Irish film “Sing Street”. 

Of all the performing arts disciplines, LA is most passionate about dance…  Building on a scholarship to the Millennium Dance Complex, Los Angeles, USA (hip-hop dance), he continued to learn his craft training and performing with Fly Dance Company and Human Collective, dance residencies with Dance Ireland and Shawbrook Dance as well as mentorship from pioneering dancers from Ireland, UK and USA (Nikkipop (France), Robozilla (USA), Harry Barnes (UK), Kerrie Milne (Ireland), Matt Szczerek (Ireland) and Max Revell (UK)).   

LA’s recent dance work and performances include “Fused…”, 2023 (self-researched and choreographed, innovative solo performance integrating hip-hop dance with “West Coast Jazz” performance at the Irish Youth Dance Festival, 2023), Dance videos, 2023 (“007” and “Turn your love around”, choreographed by Alex O’Neill), Dancer Delight Showcase, 2022 (London, UK, choreographed by Kerrie Milne), “RACECAR”, 2021 (performed at the Lasta Festival, glór, Ennis, choreographed by Kerrie Milne).  LA is also immersed in the hip-hop battle scene across Europe travelling and “battling” regularly with increasing success…   

LA is honoured and delighted to be joining the Dizzyfeet team and is very much looking forward to encouraging the dance development & confidence in every student!