Suzanne Bergin CBTS RAD RTS
Director

Suzanne Bergin is the Principal and Director of Coastal Ballet School.  She began studying ballet in 1976 with Maire Cole in Dublin.

 

She later became a member of the Irish Youth Ballet Company and was a member from the age of 11 until she left in 1992.  Suzanne has danced in company performances in the Gaiety and Olympia in many roles.

After leaving the company Suzanne studied Financial Management and worked in the financial services and advertising industry until she opened Coastal Ballet School in 2003.  She was awarded her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2004.  

She is now involved with mentoring and supervising students on this course and assists in the training of new student teachers for the Royal Academy of Dance.  Suzanne yearly undertakes further study and has completed many seminars with the Royal Ballet School in London.

Megan Christie BA(Hons.) LRAD ARAD RADRTS 
Director 

Training

Megan trained with Scottish Ballet Junior Associates and then full-time at the Dance School of Scotland from the age of eleven. At fifteen she participated in an international exchange trip, training at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia.

 

Megan continued her studies on the BA Honours Ballet Education and Licentiate Programmes at the Royal Academy of Dance in London. The Licentiate Programme provides degree students with the highest knowledge and understanding of RAD syllabi and its use in teaching. It was on this course that Megan developed critical appreciation of current issues in ballet education and training. Megan was awarded the Iris Truscott Scholarship for the Licentiate Course at RAD, which acknowledged her dedication for continuing professional development throughout her studies at the Academy.

 

Teaching experience 

Whilst in training, Megan worked as a teaching assistant and cover teacher at the RAD Dance School at it's London Headquarters. She then returned to Scotland to establish a portfolio of weekly ballet classes for young people and adults at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which she delivered and administrated. 

 

In September 2013 Megan moved to Ireland to take up a teaching post with the Goode School of Dance, Coastal Ballet and Aisling Doherty School of Ballet.  Shortly after she was approached by Stephanie Murphy and asked to take over as principal at Wicklow School of Dance. 

 

Alongside the management and teaching at Wicklow School of Dance, Megan is on the faculty for the Scottish Ballet Junior Associate Programme. This involves teaching ballet, conditioning, pointe work and repertoire to talented students selected from across the UK and Ireland. Megan has recently been involved with developing a scheme of work and assessment classes for the programme.

 

Megan also delivers workshops and masterclasses for various schools across Ireland, and enjoys mentoring trainee teachers on the RAD Certificate In Ballet Teaching course. 

Claire Greene
Qualified Teacher CBTS RAD RTS

A Kildare Native, Claire began dancing at the age of 3 with Ruth Shine School of Dance. Training in classical ballet, Claire successfully completed her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examinations all the way up to Vocational level. Claire has performed in numerous shows and performances over the years, with the school. 

Claire furthered her dance training and delved into the world of teaching via Inchicore College of Further Education, where she obtained a QQI Level 6 in Dance Studies. Here she trained in Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary Dance. While at ICFE, Claire successfully completed her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Vocational examinations in Classical Ballet up to Advanced 1 level, and her Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Vocational examinations in Modern Dance up to advanced 1 level. In 2017, Claire won a scholarship to attend ImpulsTanz international dance festival in Vienna, Austria where she took part in workshops and intensives with world renowned choreographers. In her final year, Claire was a member of Core Dance Company, performing in festivals around Ireland. 

Claire has taught in dance schools across Kildare, Dublin, Wicklow and Louth. 

 

Rebecca Perez
Qualified Teacher CBTS RAD RTS

Rebecca Perez started ballet at the age of 3 with Marie Cole ARAD at the Irish Ballet School. When Ms Cole retired, she continued her training there with Sara and Emma Gannon.

She completed all Royal Academy of Dance graded examinations and Vocationals up to Advanced level.

Rebecca also studied I.S.T.D. Jazz and Modern Theatre up to Advanced level at The Killester School of Dance with Sarah Brophy.

She has taken part in many summer schools and intensives with Pasodos in Palma, Mallorca with Laura Macias and Gavin de Paor, where she received a recognition award in 2011.

On completion of her Leaving Certificate, she studied Personal Training and Fitness in University College Dublin. She is a qualified Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor and Pilates Instructor.

Rebecca has taken part in all of the Irish Ballet Schools performances in The Concert Hall and The Helix and in a number of productions presented by Sean Gilligan Performing Arts, including Cats and Jesus Christ Superstar.

She has taught I.S.T.D Modern at Coastal Ballet School and started her Royal Academy of Dance Teacher’s Training at the Irish Ballet School, which she has now successfully completed.