*** Multi-disciplinary *** Inclusive *** Creative Education ***
“Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. It’s the only one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardising in the way we educate our children and ourselves.” Sir Ken Robinson
Fireworks DDTA was founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Nadine Hegarty After intense training, extensive education and a travelled professional career, Nadine created and continues to implement the Company’s curriculum through weekly workshops and annual events.
“Designing the curriculum was fairly straightforward, the principles are basic common sense, and it’s never solid. It’s flexible, adaptable, honest and it’s exciting! Implementing the curriculum is even simpler, it permits a natural, non hierarchical relationship between participants and facilitator which allows us to work together on equal terms with a mutual respect. This type of relationship gives birth to the most amazing creative ideas for pieces of work and produces incredible results in all areas of technical development.”
“The biggest challenge has been and continues to be, developing an understanding and appreciation of this type of learning in a culture where standardised tests, damaging methods and a product orientated mentality prevail – But we are rising to this challenge! Furthermore we are meeting our social, cultural, educational and training aims with more precise accuracy through every project that we deliver and with every new participant who wants to get involved.”
Fireworks DDTA operates an engaging, enlightening curriculum that is founded on creative education. The company is based on a European approach to learning. Therefore, we do not offer grades and do not participate in competitions. After extensive research on global syllabus exercises and structure, workshops have been designed to deliver a high technical requisite of graded criteria that is non-exclusionary and entirely nurturing.
Our curriculum is focused on encouraging every individual child to develop. With this as our motto, a child centred pedagogy is strongly rooted in our education system. For this reason, places are limited to 10 per workshop. Students are given one to one support and encouragement in the development in a variety of disciplines, as well as training to meet the technical demands of an ensemble/industry.
Fireworks DDTA is a place where those who wish to pursue a professional career in Performing Arts are given the foundation of a strong technical requisite and a full, realistic understanding of the demands of the industry. Those who wish to explore performing arts for their own personal gains and advancement are equally welcomed and supported. Emotional nurturing and personal development is core to our learning environment.
We are, by name and by culture, a ‘Dance, Drama and Theatre Academy’. Throughout the year, students are given multiple opportunities to explore further areas of study. Students are taught to know and understand the fertile design of disciplines that makes a well rounded performer and inspirational artist. As well as physical practice and training, dance education also serves as a core element to our programme. In addition to the scientific knowledge of the body and movement disciplines, students learn and research the historical, social, economic, cultural relevance of their chosen subject as well as studying leading practitioners and performers.
Every student studies (click the links below for subject specification):
Selected students will study Acrobatics
The Company’s yearly calendar is packed with weekly workshops, educational projects, performances and a diverse range of events throughout the year. For further detail on our Calendar of Events/ Scheduled programmes, click on the ‘Calendar’.
In addition to these core areas lies the heart of the company ethos, ‘Let Your Colours Explode!’ Workshop participants are encouraged to discuss other ideas and areas if interest and what they want to get out of the curriculum. Due to the nature of creative education, workshop delivery is flexible, adaptable and always fun!
We are proud to have a strong success rate of alumni students who have moved on to University or Conservatoire level training in Dance, Drama, Musical Theatre and Theatre Studies. Some of our students have secured placements in schools such as : Laban (London), Shockout (Manchester) Chichester Conservatoire, University of Bath, University of Ulster, Limerick University and many more. Some of our alumni have gone on to successful careers in the West End, Theatre and Film Industries in leading roles.
Many of our alumni return to take classes and deliver workshops to the current members. Fireworks will always be a home for them and they have proven themselves keen to share their knowledge and experience with younger members.
In addition many of our alumni have moved on to study or work in industries that are not theatre or dance related and yet have continued to make dance and theatre a part of their lives as well as their health and well-being. We are so proud of all of our students!