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  • What classes are on offer and when?
    Group classes After school Wednesday's and Thursdays; times depend on year/class in school. The classes are split by year in school bands as follows: Juniors - Nursery to P2 Intermediate - P3 to P5 Seniors - P6+ Private one-to-one classes These last 20 mins for an individual child and can be very effective for a child who is perhaps particularly anxious and serve to prepare them to ultimately join the group classes. They are also preferred by some families for whom the group timetable does not suit. Additionally some children really enjoy and benefit from the focused one to one attention that a group class offers or perhaps wish to really focus on their performance skills. The classes contain all the same elements as group classes except for the team work exercises. These classes are by arrangement only Family Sessions Family sessions are classes which facilitate families where the ages would fall across the normal age bands of group classes. In this way 2, 3 or 4 children from the one family can attend together and due to the smaller class size still benefit from age appropriate speech and drama lessons. The length of the lesson depends on the number of children in the family attending. These classes are by arrangement only
  • How long do classes last?
    Classes are 60 mins
  • How much are classes?
    All group classes are £9
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  • What do the classes involve?
    In the Speech&Drama Classes children work on communication skills confidence self-belief coping with anxiety Voice clarity Projection Facial expression Vocal expression Breath control Correct method of breathing for speech Posture Diction Tonal quality Understanding poetry and books and bringing them to life as well as relating them to everyday life Social skills Team work Mindfulness Memory skills Focus Recall Performance Improve and harvest a love for reading as they are able to bring the characters and places in books to life in their minds (better than any film ever could!) All done through a very fun, relaxed and interactive medium. As well as drama, mime, developing interview skills there is a great focus on imagination, performance and ability to interpret the written word in a way that is meaningful to the child. Poetry, prose and storytelling are the main tools I use to help the children explore their voices and communication skills. There is alot more one to one attention in these classes focusing individually building childrens facial and vocal expression inherently developing confidence and skills quicker Children often use the drama group then, as a platform to consolidate and practice those skills.
  • What performance opportunities are there?
    It is a very important part of Dorans Academy’s philosophy to provide opportunities to widen a child’s comfort zone and indeed providing for the zealous highly confident child, opportunities to shine brightly and utilise and develop further the skills being taught. Children have the opportunity to take part in London College of Music examinations in Speech and Drama As a full qualified teacher in Speech and Drama ALCM (TD) through the University of West London, children are taught to the highest standards and are prepared for the exams which are available from early learning (aged 4yrs) right up through the steps and grades. The exams are fantastic for children’s records of achievement and CV’s as formal proof of their communication skills which are highly sought after in all careers. The exams are OFQUAL accredited and UCAS points towards university entry at Grades 6-8 Newry Feis Newry is a very prestigious Feis and typically is held around Easter time. It is a small size, although highly competitive but gives the children an opportunity to perform in a competitive setting which has its own significant value and benefits. Dorans Academy Poetry And Tea Event Our own poetry performance opportunity is a lovely relaxed affair where children are surrounded by friends and family, perform for the joy of performing without any of the stress of subjective adjudication. It is accompanied by light refreshments and takes place in Castlewellan in the spring. The children choose one or two poems they have prepared from throughout the year and are met with smiling facing and rapturous applause! They are also prepared to deliver a choral verse performance with the rest of their class. Choral Verse - Dramarama Christmas Show The Drama groups (Dramarama) have an annual charity Christmas show and as part of this I afford the Speech and drama students the opportunity to perform Christmas choral verse as part of this show. Here they have yet another outlet to relish the thrill of the stage to a captive audience in a public setting. There is no pressure for any child to take part in any of these they are simply opportunities which I offer to help their confidence skills and natural ability flourish and exciting platforms for those who relish performing; to widen their comfort zone and challenge them when they are ready. Children really grow in confidence and self-esteem with their classes and it is quickly reflected in their schoolwork, willingness to participate and wider social interactions.

Adult sessions are becoming increasingly popular and a vital resource for many people. In business and work environments across all fields, competent communication and presentation skills are vital and are highly sought by all employers. Many adults find themselves thrown into new challenges and work demands with little or no support but high expectations.

This is where Dorans Academy can guide, coach and provide the necessary training to be able to cope and prepare for such situations. Within just one or two sessions, which are tailored to each clients specific requirements, clients feel empowered and armed to engage in and execute confidently.

Additionally many adults have personal reasons for wanting to boost their confidence and feel more comfortable in social situations. Finding and or strengthening your voice is something that can be undertaken and achieved at any age and Dorans Academy is ready to help all individuals Articulate Confidence whatever their motivation. Using poetry, prose, books drama excerpts mindfulness and a range of breathing exercise and so much more clients are able to cherry pick what they would like to focus on and grow their skills with the support and enthusiasm and understanding of a very experience empathetic guide

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