I’m Cheryl Malone, and Malone Dance Academy is my life’s work.

I am from Ireland and am the owner and artistic director of Malone Dance Academy Studios Ltd, Dundalk and Carrickmacross , Ireland.   I began dancing at the age of 3 and immediately fell in love with the art form.  I knew from an early age my passion is helping others achieve their goals and of course dance!  In my teenage years I became determined to become a dance teacher.  I graduated in 2005 from Queens University, Belfast with  BA HONS degree in English and Drama, whilst simultaneously achieving my major ballet examinations and my Associate Dance Teaching examinations.  I opened my own academy in the summer of 2005.

As my dance school flourished I wanted to develop my skills as a teacher by gaining various other qualifications.  In 2011 I achieved my PGCE in Dance Education which allowed me to become a Lecturer in Performing Arts at the Southern Regional College, Northern Ireland for four years (2013 – 2017).  In September 2017 I decided that, as my academy was expanding rapidly, it was time to give it 100% commitment and I took time out from lecturing.

I also developed a love for yoga  and Acro yoga over the years which has become a very strong element at the studio.  I became a yoga student after the birth of my daughter Juliette in 2009 to help recover from an injury.  After a few months of training, I became inspired by how yoga could compliment the training of the dancer.  In 2014  I decided  to embark on a yoga teacher training course  and completed this qualification  in 2015.  I actively use yoga with my dancers as a means of cross training their bodies to create more balanced and stronger dancers.

I am very proud to be on the examining and teacher training team for Acrobatic arts, Canada.  I believe passionately in Acrobatic Arts ethos of Safety and Technique and Strength and Flexibility.  I am delighted to be able to share all my knowledge with my staff and students.

I am also a Teacher Assessor for BBO Dance, London.

My top 5 qualifications:

  1. European Examiner and course conductor for Acrobatic Arts, Canada
  2. Registered Teacher Status BBO Dance – Teaching Degree
  3. Level 6 Diploma Teaching in Lifelong learning sector: Dance (Trinity College London) PGCE
  4. Acrobatic Arts Module 1 &  2 Teacher Certification
  5. BA HONS DEGREE Drama & English, Queens University, Belfast 2

Other qualifications

  1. Qualified ID Dance Contemporary Teacher
  2. The Royal Ballet School Covenant Garden, London – Teacher training Inspire Seminars
  3. Progressing Ballet Technique Training
  4. 200 hr Yoga teaching certificate – Santosha Yoga Studio
  5. Associate Teacher Qualification in Classical Ballet PTD –
  6. Student Teacher Qualification in Classical Ballet – PTD
  7. Level 2 Cheerleading coach – Uk Cheerleading Association
  8. Level 1 Teaching, Thinking & Learning Certificate (new UK qualification for college/university lecturers)
  9. Qualified children’s Yoga Teacher – Rainbow Yoga

13. Qualified Partner yoga teacher training – Rainbow Yoga.

  1. Zumba teacher training

I also hold other qualifications such as:

  1. First Aid at work Certificate
  2. Child Protection Certificate & Sport Ireland Safeguarding 1 Child Welfare.
  3. Health & Safety in the Workplace Certificate