Vision Statement

Genevieve Ryan Dance Academy aims to nurture and develop a dancer’s passion, integrity, and confidence in the performing arts.

Mission Statement

Genevieve Ryan Dance Academy aspires to develop a dancers’ ability with skills & technique while nurturing the creative possibilities within each dancer. We believe that the magic of the performing arts provides both physical and intellectual benefits that will enrich the lives of our students. Dance education aids in the development of overall body awareness, at GRDA students learn to fully appreciate their own bodies and realise how amazingly capable they are. Our dance programs promote health, wellbeing, creativity and self-confidence. Our aim is to share our love of dance with students, through continued support and encouragement.

Core Values

Child Welfare

Every student’s well-being, safety and happiness is our #1 priority.


Empower students to achieve the best they can be!


We believe that creativity lights up the brain and what better way to do this than through dance? Dancing creates unique connections in the brain that allows dancers to look at situations from different perspectives and come up with unique solutions. Promoting individual and group creativity!


We constantly strive to better ourselves and our students. Empowering them to achieve the best they can be!

Core Values


Always be true to yourself.


Creating a culture of support and belonging where everyone is welcome.

Customer Service

We are passionate about delivering the best experience every day, both inside and outside the studio walls. Open and honest communication between staff, parents, and students allows us to deliver our very best in all we do.


GRDA have an open door policy when it comes to communication. We believe communication helps us build relationships and community by allowing parents, students and teachers to share experiences, needs, and helps us connect to others. GRDA encourages open communication within the community helping provide better experiences for everyone.

Dream Big & Have Fun!

About Genevieve

Genevieve Ryan

Originally from the US, Genevieve Ryan is a dancer, choreographer and teacher who has made Galway her home since 2006. Genevieve has been dancing her whole life and some of her earliest memories are dancing around the living room with her grandparents who were professional dancers specialising in ballroom, jazz and tap.

Established in 2009, The Genevieve Ryan Dance Academy believes that dance is a creative form of expression that everyone should enjoy. Genevieve wanted to create a safe space for all ages to inspire students to learn and experience the magic of dance.

In 2001, she received her certification after completing the renowned Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training course at the Sivananda Ashram in Neyyar Dam, India.

In 2009 she received her dance teaching qualifications, with distinction, from the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association).

In 2015 she accepted her MA in Dance, with honours, from the University of Limerick.

She is a founding member of Galway Dance Project and TRIBES Youth Arts Festival