Mayor honours 50 years of dance

By Maria Pepper

Published 27/08/2016 | 00:00

Mayor of Wexford, Frank Staples, with Anne and Suzanne O'Leary, family members, friends, and dancers at the civic reception in the National Heritage Park celebrating 50 years of the Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts.
Mayor of Wexford, Frank Staples, with Anne and Suzanne O'Leary, family members, friends, and dancers at the civic reception in the National Heritage Park celebrating 50 years of the Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts.

The Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts was awarded a civic reception by Wexford Borough District to mark its 50th anniversary.

The event held in the Irish National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig, was attended by the Mayor of Wexford, Frank Staples who congratulated the school on a half century of commitment to dance.

One of the guests of honour was Anne O' Leary who founded the school which is now run by her daughter Suzanne and she was joined by a large group of teachers, friends and family.

In a short address, Suzanne O' Leary highlighted the work her mother has done over the past 50 years and thanked everyone to contributed to the success of the school.

Founded in 1965, the school started in John Street in Wexford town and has grown to include outreach dance centres in New Ross and Enniscorthy. The busy calendar includes two large stage productions each year, three examination sessions and countless public performances, charity events and collaborations.

The Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts with students from 3 years of age upwards, is looking forward to re-opening after the summer break in the first week of September.

'We love seeing all the eager, excited faces coming in the door at this time of year,' said Suzanne.

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