Welcome to 815 Performing Arts

Carmel McKiernan at 815 Performing Arts

My name is Carmel, and I look forward to welcoming you to class each week and sharing my passion for dance with you all.

My own dance journey began at the age of 3 when I stepped into the enchanting world of dance at the Bernese School of Theatre Dance and Drama in Blackburn. There, I trained in various styles including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Drama. It was a place where I not only learned the technical aspects of dance but also discovered the magic of storytelling through movement.

As I grew older, I had the incredible opportunity to perform in professional pantomimes at the renowned Thwaites Empire Theatre. From the age of 5, I graced the stage every year, and by the time I was 16, I was honored with a principal role. The stage became my second home, and the experience fueled my love for performing and captivating audiences.

My passion for musical theatre led me to the Pendleton School of Performing Arts in Manchester, where I furthered my training in this dynamic art form. During my time at Pendleton, I had the privilege of being cast in stage shows at the Ben Kingsley Theatre, including iconic productions like West Side Story, Daisy Pulls it Off, and Wonder Woman. These experiences allowed me to immerse myself in diverse characters and stories, refining my skills as a performer.

Alongside my training, I had the pleasure of being hired by Pop Up Entertainment, where I had the opportunity to perform at various corporate events across Manchester and the North West of England. From captivating audiences with ‘The Greatest Show’ at ‘Menagerie’ to spreading joy during Christmas events, I realized the power of entertainment in creating unforgettable moments.

In 2018, I continued my dance and theatre studies at Centre Pointe Dance School in Manchester, where I dedicated myself to honing my craft. During this time, I achieved a Level 4 ISTD DDE Qualification in Imperial Classical Ballet. I immersed myself in an array of dance styles, including Ballet, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, and Commercial. The training provided me with a well-rounded foundation and allowed me to explore the limitless possibilities of movement.

It was during my time at Centre Pointe that I embarked on my teaching career. Chosen to assist and cover Ballet, Modern, and Tap classes every week for three years, I discovered a profound joy in sharing my knowledge and passion with aspiring dancers. Being able to inspire and guide students on their own artistic journeys became a deeply fulfilling experience.

I am extremely passionate about every aspect of the performing arts, and I am beyond excited to be a part of the 815 team. It is my greatest pleasure to share my love for dance and performing arts with all of you, the students. Together, we will explore the boundless creativity within us, nurture our skills, and discover the sheer joy of self-expression through movement.

Thank you for choosing our dance school as your artistic home. Let’s dance, inspire, and create unforgettable memories together!

Warmest regards,


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About 815 Performing Arts

Located at The Aquila School in Dubailand, near The Villa, Dubai Silicon Oasis, and Villanova, we are a premier performing arts school offering comprehensive training to children and young adults. Our aim is to nurture their talents, build their skills, and instill a lifelong love for the performing arts.

At 815 Performing Arts we offer a wide range of classes to suit every interest and age group. From Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre to PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique), our diverse curriculum caters to students aged 3 to 18 years.

Whether you’re looking to dance for fun, stay fit, or pursue a career as a performer, our classes are designed to accommodate all levels and aspirations. Our experienced and qualified teachers are passionate about their craft and are committed to providing a safe and positive learning environment.

One of the highlights of our school is our showcase, where all our students get the opportunity to perform on stage and showcase their hard work and dedication. It’s a moment of pride and accomplishment for both the students and their families. Additionally, we offer examination opportunities for those who wish to further their dance education and receive recognized certifications.

For students looking to take their dance journey to the next level, we have an exclusive invitation-only Company class. These classes focus on training in formation teams, fitness, flexibility, and technique, preparing students for competitions and events.

To ensure that every student finds their perfect fit, we offer free trial classes for all newcomers. It’s an excellent opportunity to experience our teaching style, interact with our vibrant dance community, and discover the joy of dance.

Since our establishment in November 2013, 815 Performing Arts has garnered a reputation for excellence. Our dance family consists of supportive students, dedicated teachers, and passionate parents who come together to create a welcoming and inclusive environment. We believe in fostering self-confidence, teamwork, and personal growth while sharing the joy of dance.

At 815 Performing Arts, everyone is welcome, and together, we’ll create memories that will last a lifetime.

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