Talking ballet with Kilkenny Academy of Dance co-director Gemma Grant

Let’s say you had issues with back pain. Or maybe you’re a regular runner, but you though your running game could be improved? How about improving your general posture, stance, core, strength and conditioning?

Did you ever think of ballet?

I’ve known dance teacher and choreographer Gemma Grant for years. We’ve shared the stage in shows, worked behind the scenes on other and I’m sure at one stage she’s shouted “step, click, step, click” at me while I tried to get my head around a short dance routine.

These days Gemma is co-director of the Kilkenny Academy of Dance, who cater for a number of dance styles from the age of three upwards. That upwards part is important as there really is no age limit.

Heading into the winter, the Academy are starting beginner ballet classes for adults (as well as improver classes). The five week course, which consists of an hour a week for the five, runs at €45 but gives you a great introduction to ballet.

No, you’re not going to have to dance around in a pink leotard or tutu, but you will get a chance to flex the legs and arms, learn something new, break out of the comfort zone and do it all in the casual setting of Kilkenny Academy of Dance’s base studio in the Smithlands retail park in Kilkenny.

I caught up with Gemma on Tuesday afternoon (find the original show post here) for a chat about the classes, her background, what drew her to dance, and what happens in Academy. Could I do it? Sure. All you’ve got to do is turn up, simple.

Take a listen below, then check out more more details or email Gemma at any time on

You can also find the Kilkenny Academy of Dance on Facebook.

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Ken McGuire

Broadcaster and sports writer at KCLR96FM; digital media head with a production eye on theatre, film and video; Read my Irish food blog, Ken On Food.

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