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.