stage school




Whether you are born for the stage or are the shy, less confident type, our drama and dance classes will be committed to nurturing all children, regardless of talent, where equal attention will be given to all participants in the course.  Its objective is to instill in students a love of the arts while enhancing positive self-image, self-esteem and self-expression.  Confidence will be built in a non-competitive environment by learning invaluable social skills through drama games, dance and contemporary theatre.


Our stage school caters for 5 year olds to late teens and is one of our most popular departments.  We offer classes in:










Drama & Dance

Lyrical Dance


Dance Werkout with Bonnie Boux


about drama & Dance

Studying drama develops emotional maturity, and gives pupils a deep understanding of themselves.  Because it involves using not only their voices and bodies, but also emotions and creativity, it is able to engender a deep sense of self-esteem.  It is also a subject that requires a great deal of peer trust, and so it plays an important role in teaching communication, listening and empathy skills.  Studying drama is demanding, and teaches pupils that success only comes from hard work.  The skills that are learned by studying drama are invaluable in later life.


Studying dance develops a sense of self confidence through accomplishment.  By learning skills such as balance, rhythm, poise, creativity, focus, and discipline, each student is able to see themselves as an achiever.  With a skilled teacher who cares about each dancer and strives to maintain a nurturing environment, every student in WAMA can learn to dance to the best of their own ability.  In an environment that features age appropriate music, costuming and choreography they will grow in confidence, grace and beauty.


For children age 4-5 years, classes last for one hour (30 minutes of Drama, 30 minutes of Dance).


For children age 6-7 years, classes last for an hour and a half  (45 minutes of Drama, 45 minutes of Dance).


For children 8+ classes last for 2 hours (60 minutes of Drama, 60 minutes of Dance).


Students will work on many aspects of drama and dance throughout the year including Public Speaking, Script Work, Improvisation, Social Personal & Health Education, and Contemporary Jazz Dance.  Students will perform in a play in January and in an end-of-year variety show in June in our own Live Room Theatre.


Special events for this department take place throughout the year as well such as performance workshops, trips to the see professional productions, and performances in festivals such as Winterval.


The teachers Deirdre Dempsey
Deirdre Dempsey trained at Bull Alley Performing Arts and College of Dance in Dublin, during which time she used her summer breaks to train at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. A seasoned performer, she has travelled the world performing in several productions as both actor and dancer, before eventually returning to Ireland and discovering her passion for teaching. Deirdre ran classes in jazz, tap, drama and musical theatre for De Bramm School Of Performance Arts. She has also worked with Waterford Youth Arts teaching contemporary dance. She also founded and ran the very successful hip hop school Breakbeat developing and nurturing All-Ireland champion teams who have performed all over Ireland, some of which were featured on various RTE talent shows.
Pat Grant Drama @ WAMA is taught by local actor, Pat Grant. Pat hails from Waterford City where he resides with his wife and young family. Over the past 20 years he has worked in various capacities with all local musical societies.

Previous roles include:

    Edward Lyons (Blood Brothers)

    Mouthpiece and Diesel (West Side Story)

    Sasha and Perchick (Fiddler on the Roof)

    the Tenor (Singing In the Rain)

    Bert Healy (Annie), Rusty Charlie (Guys and Dolls)

    Isachar and the Baker (Joseph)

    Lun Tha (The King and I)

    Will Parker (Oklahoma)

    Charlie Cameron (Brigadoon)

    John the Baptist and Judas (Godspell)

    Rapunzel's Prince (Into the Woods)

    Emile de Becque (South Pacific)

    Malcolm / Jeffery (Stepping Out)



Holding 11 All-Ireland titles in performance, his personal highlight of these is singing at The National Concert Hall.  He has won 5 All-Ireland titles with the No Name Club (Dungarvan), 9 All-Irelands with Macra na Feirme (Kilmacow), and wrote mini-dramas for Slieverue Youth Club, winning in Ossary Youth for 11 consecutive years.


In addition to various end of year variety concerts, Pat has directed "Joseph", "Godspell" and Sam Cree's "Widows Paradise" for Eglise Players (Kilkenny). He has also choreographed "Anything Goes", "Annie", "Bye Bye Birdie", "Crazy For You", "Fiddler On The Roof", "Joseph", "Grease", "Guys & Dolls", "Godspell", "Oklahoma", and "West Side Story".


His training includes the Grant Power School of Performing Arts, the South Eastern Model Agency, Learn To Dance Ireland, Youth Work Training, Occupational First Aid and a Child Awareness Programme. Pat has also completed a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care.

Trish Roche

Trish Roche is an Associate Member of the International Dance Teachers Association, a graduate of the London Contemporary Dance School and Dance City Performing Arts UK.  Trish has been teaching dance for 15 years in the UK and Ireland and loves sharing dance with her students, encouraging self-esteem, confidence, self-expression & creativity.  Trish is very excited to join the team at WAMA and will be teaching a fusion of dance styles including Ballet, Contemporary and Lyrical Dance.





Recent productions

Spamalot - 2016


Bugsy Malone - 2015

Blood Brothers - 2014

Dance Werkout

with Bonnie Boux

Dance/exercise class for adults


Tuesdays 8:15 - 9:15pm @ WAMA

€40 for four consecutive sessions.


It's easy to forget you're working out when you're moving to thumping beats and disco lighting in WAMA's Live Room Theatre! Experience a high energy burn to your favourite music, old and new, mid week during term time.  Come with friends and meet with new ones.  Dance yourself free!!



The emphasis on this class is to create an enjoyable workout where adults can build up a head of steam while moving to music. No dance experience needed, just watch and copy the movements of the teacher, Bonnie Boux.


Dance Yourself Free!!

No experience necessary....

€40 for four consecutive sessions


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051-821014                     Passage Cross, Dunmore Road, Waterford City

051-821014                     Passage Cross, Dunmore Road, Waterford City