A Little Insight Into Our Academy 

Karen Ireland celebrated the millennium by establishing her dance centre in Lismore, NSW. Since then Karen has taken budding students from all disciplines and watched and nurtured their growth in the dance world. 

Some student accolades include:

Student selected to compete at the Prix de Lausanne 2018, Switzerland

Short Term Scholarship to the Royal Ballet School, London

Finalist at Genee International Competition, Portugal

Finalist at AICD, Adelaide

Finalist and 4th Place at Asian Grand Prix, Hong Kong

Finalists at Youth America Grand Prix 2018, New York

Short Term Scholarship to New Zealand School of Dance

Students accepted to the New Zealand school of Dance

Short Term Scholarship to Princess Grace Academy, Monaco

Short Term Scholarship to John Cranko School of Stuttgart Ballet, Germany

Short Term Scholarships to the Houston Ballet School, Texas

Finalists at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix 2016 New York

Students accepted to the Australian Ballet School 

Students accepted to Interstate/International Training Program at the Australian Ballet School

Students accepted to Queensland Ballet Junior Program 2016

Students accepted to Queensland Ballet Senior Program

Students accepted to Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School

Finalists, Semi Finalists at Alana Haines Australasia Awards

Semi Finalists at Royal Academy of Dance international competition 'Genee'

Students have also been accepted on scholarship to major full time schools

Students accepted to the dance program at QUT

Semi and Quarter Finalists at Sydney Eisteddfod's Scholarship

Semi Finalists at Elizabeth and Robert Albert Scholarship

Short Term Scholarships to the Royal Danish Ballet School, Copenhagen

Student attended Ballet West, Scotland 

Short Term Scholarahip to Ballet Cymru, Wales

K.I.D.C. alumni have gone on to hold contracts with Melbourne City Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet Company, Tokyo Disneyland.


Karen trained in BBO and the RAD syllabi and also with Sydney City Ballet with Tanya Pearson, as well as the Kelvin Grove QUT dance program. As well as dancing for many years professionally overseas Karen taught extensively for 3 years in the USA.

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