ABOUT THE #TARATRIBE
Welcome to the #TaraTribe.
Run by a mother and daughter team,
Tara Academy is an Irish dancing school based in Darwin, Northern Territory.
Registered with the Australian Irish Dancing Association and the South Australian branch, Tara Academy is the only school in the Territory to have a qualified TCRG teacher with the Commission in Ireland, so you know you will learn the correct techniques safely.
Now offering Irish music lessons in 2022, Tara Academy continues to share Irish culture with the Darwin community, bringing Irish families together, and introducing Irish dance and music to people of all nationalities and backgrounds.
Explore our site for more information, and feel free to reach out with questions!
We look forward to meeting you.
MEET THE TEAM
Qualified. Professional. Caring.
VANESSA FREW TCRG
Vanessa Frew TCRG first learnt to dance in County Mayo at the age of 8 and has been teaching Irish Dancing since she was 18.
After many years of running a successful Irish Dancing school in Perth, producing many champion Irish dancers who also became teachers, she now coaches in Darwin with her daughter Christine.
Christine started dancing at the age of 4 at her mothers dance school which saw her become the Western Australian State Champion and 4 time Runner Up Champion. She has competed at multiple National Championships and was ranked 11th place in a section of over 60 competitors. She has also qualified and competed at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Killarney, Ireland and holds a Diploma of Irish Dancing (Grade 12). She will sit for her TCRG qualification when the next available exam is held in Australia.
Caoimhe has a Bachelor of Religious Education & Music from Dublin City University and a Dioplóma sa Gaeilge B2 (Diploma in Irish language) from the National University of Ireland.
Learn to play the tin whistle and bodhran (Irish drum) lessons with group classes available through Tara Academy.
Caoimhe is passionate about teaching and is also the the music teacher at Nightcliff Middle School.
WHEN CAN I START DANCING?
We accept students from the age of 3! Please ensure they have been to the bathroom and have a water bottle at every class.
CAN I STAY AND WATCH?
Parents are permitted to stay and watch our Tara Tots class for children aged 3 - 5. For all other classes, we find that concentration and socialisation with other students is improved without a parent/guardian present. Emergency contact details are required on enrolment in case we need to get in contact with you.
HOW MUCH DO YOUR CLASSES COST?
Our classes start at as little as $10 per class and we accept NT School Sports Vouchers. For our full price list, head on over to our Classes page. Invoices are sent out at the start of each term and we also offer a discount for families with one or more children.
CAN I TRY A CLASS FOR FREE?
Yes! All new students may come and try a class for free to see if they like it! Just let us know beforehand by emailing us.
DO YOU HAVE CLASSES FOR ADULTS?
We sure do! Our adult social classes are a fun way to get fit, learn a new skill and make new friends. Check out our Classes page to sign up for our next 8 week program.