Stars of the West Dance & Performance School was created by Suzanne Byrne in 2009. Originally from Dublin, I trained with the renowned Billie Barry Stage School from the ages of 4 - 19 years. I also trained with the Marie Cole Ballet School and was a member of the Girls Brigade 13th Co. St Marys Crumlin, regularly taking part in All Ireland Competitions in both Solo & Team dances.
Having lived abroad in Jersey, Australia & New Zealand, I returned to Ireland in 2005 where I performed with Festival Productions in the National Concert Hall Dublin & Buxton Opera House UK in "The Mikado" "Pirates of Penzance" "The Gondoliers" , "South Pacific", "Annie" , "Oliver", "A Christmas Carol the Musical", "Hello Dolly" amongst others.
The Festival Productions Company travelled to the UK and took part in the International Gilbert & Sullivan Internation Opera Festival. With over 22 shows from around the world competing in this prestigious competition, Festival Productions won numerous awards each year including the title of International Champions for 2007,2008 and 2009 (3 in a row winners - the only group to ever do so).Suzanne, along with her fellow chorus members, won the honour of Best Chorus Award, for all 3 Shows.
Other performance credits include performances in the Gaiety Theatre Dublin Christmas pantomimes, guest performer with Coolmine Musical Society in the Draoicht Theatre for the "Merry Widow", performing in numerous fashion shows / RTE Christmas Variety productions etc.
I am currently studying for my Post Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy with NUI Galway (commenced February 2020) and have a BA (Honours) Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education(ECCE) - graduated from IT Sligo June 2018. Also, a Higher Diploma in Sports & Leisure Management. I am an ITEC qualified Aerobics, Gym and Stott Pilates Instructor. I have been teaching Aerobic / Step / Khai-Bo / Toning & Pilates Classes for over 20 years and I am extremely passionate about keeping fit & helping others reach their goals & enjoying dancing / performing & exercising!
With Stars of the West, I have successfully produced, directed & staged 10 Annual Showcases featuring all the children from our classes. I have also choreographed many events for Groups in the North West / Northern Ireland including ; Strictly Come Dancing Charity Fundraisers, Ballyshannon Musical Society “The King & I”, My Fair Lady” & “Annie Get Your Gun” , Pettigo Pantomine "Bluebeard" & Enniskillen Pantomime "Aladdin". Ballyshannnon Pantomines ; 'Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs', 'Treasure Island ', Camelot', 'Robin Hood', "Aladdin', 'Puss in Boots", "Jack & the Beanstalk". "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Cinderella". Also Workshops for Sligo & Manorhamilton Girls Brigade and local schools amongst others. I am thoroughly enjoying living & working in the North West of Ireland and thoroughly enjoy working on new Productions!
Wedding Dances & Group Events;
I have choreographed many Group Events and Wedding Dances for local couples. Should you have an upcoming Event you would like help with, please do not hesitate to contact me on 086-1504455 or and I would be happy to advise.