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About Us

Kennedy Dance School was established in January 2015 and operates classes from preschool age to adult. Having taught in various locations around the city and Inner West, in January 2024, we moved to our very own space in Canterbury. 

Whether you want to dance for fun, fitness or to perform and compete, we offer it all in a supportive and encouraging environment. 

What your dancer's confidence grow as they master new skills and make new friends. 


Emily Kennedy - ADCRG - Irish Dancing


Owner and instructor Emily Kennedy began dancing at the age of four with the Mary Deveney School of Dancing, Galway in the West of Ireland. Emily danced competitively for 14 years competing in numerous regional and international competitions including the All Ireland and World Championships in both ceili and solo.


On retiring from competitive dancing, Emily was offered a position with a professional touring company and thus began her professional dance career. For the next six years', Emily toured the world with a number of different dance shows on a full and part time basis. Having travelled extensively throughout Europe, North America and the South Pacific, Emily eventually retired and began to study for her TCRG qualification.


Emily qualified as an Irish Dance teacher in 2013 and is registered to the Australian Irish Dance Association Inc. and An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, Dublin, Ireland.

In October 2022, Emily was successful in obtaining her ADCRG qualification  to become and Irish dance judge. 

Candice Docker - Ballet, Jazz/Tap


Candice has been dancing for more than 25 years, and teaching for almost 10. She started her training at the Ballet Theatre Academy in Parramatta under the tutelage of Dalvern Thom FRAD, and has a strong background in Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Theatre Jazz. As an adult, she found a deep love of Irish dance and currently trains and competes.


She has choreographed musicals for societies across Sydney, including Strathfield Musical Society and Holroyd Musical and Dramatic Society, and performed with numerous others, as a minor lead or featured dancer. Candice is a qualified gymnastics coach and is studying for qualification in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT).

Amy McLeary - Assistant Teacher

Amy McLeary started dancing at the age of 3, firstly following the RAD Classical Ballet Syllabus, before developing her love for the dance styles of jazz, tap, musical theatre, contemporary and Irish dancing. She started competing at Dance Eisteddfods at the age of 5 and competed at the Queensland State Championships, AIO and National Irish Dancing
Championships in both solo and teams events, including Figure Dance. Some of her performance highlights involve Irish dancing displays at Irish Association Balls and Galas, weddings and St Patrick’s Day events, as well as being a featured dancer in Queensland Musical Theatre’s 2019 production of ‘Cats’.
In 2018, Amy commenced her teaching journey as an assistant teacher in Irish and Ballet at her childhood studio. In her final year of high school Amy was Creative Arts Captain and Dance Captain, and after graduating was asked to come back to teach and choreograph routines for the co-curricular dance program.
At the beginning of 2023, Amy moved to Sydney to study at a full-time performing arts school where she will graduate with an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts.


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