Meet the Teachers at 815 Performing Arts

Carmel McKiernan

Carmel McKiernan

Company, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Commercial.

Carmel started dancing at the age of 3 years old at Bernese School of Theatre Dance and Drama in Blackburn. There she trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Drama. At the age of 5 she began performing in professional pantomimes at Thwaites Empire Theatre, every year all the way up until she was 16 years old, where she was then given a principle role. In her final year at Bernese, Carmel was cast as ‘Velma Von Tussle’ in ‘Hairspray’ where she was spotted by VM Talent Agency.

Carmel then began training at Pendleton School of Performing Arts in Manchester, where she studied Musical Theatre and was cast in stage shows at the Ben Kingsley Theatre, including West Side Story, Daisy Pulls it Off and Wonder Woman. Alongside her training Carmel was hired by Pop Up Entertainment, performing at many corporate events such as ‘The Greatest Show’ at ‘Menagerie’ as well as Christmas Events across Manchester and the North West of England.

In 2018 she attended Centre Pointe Dance School in Manchester where she continued her dance and theatre studies, gaining a Level 4 ISTD DDE Qualification in Imperial Classical Ballet. She also had 3 years of full time Dance training in many different styles such as Ballet, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Commercial. During her time at Centre Pointe Carmel was a part of the Centre Pointe College Piece at the ‘Can You Dance? Regional Convention’. Centre Pointe was also where she began her teaching career, as she was chosen to assist and cover Ballet, Modern and Tap classes every week for three years.

Carmel is very passionate about every aspect performing arts and can’t wait to be a part of the 815 team where she can share that love with the students.