Phone: 086 837 2364 Email:

Building Confidence Through Drama, Performance & Presentation Skills

with Rachel Tracey

We are delighted to be offering a series of one-off workshops over the next few months and our first one is a fun Hip Hop Workshop with our wonderful dance teacher Rachel Tracey in the Sports Hall, Mount Merrion Community Centre with Juniors (6-8yrs) from 1-3pm and Seniors (9-13yrs) from 3-5pm. 

The cost is €25, €45 for two siblings and €60 for three siblings.

Rachel studied at Laine Theatre Arts, London, and has been working professionally as a dancer for many years.  She has appeared in several Gaiety Theatre and Cork Opera House pantomimes and productions, (most recently in Rapunzel last Christmas), along with many other productions in the UK also.  On TV she has appeared in The Life of a Ballerina, Love/Hate, Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie, Ripper Street, Penny Dreadful, The Daniel O’Donnell Show and Little Women.  She is also an experienced teacher, has a very special nature and the kids adore her!

This is open to all non- students of The Mel Ryan School also.

Places are limited so early booking is advised.  Bookings can be made by texting or emailing the details below to-

Evanna: 086 7008006 or Mel: 086 8372364 (we are both also on whatsapp)


Name of Student

Date of Birth


Name of Parent

Parent’s Contact no.


Please keep an eye on our website for more exciting workshops over the coming weeks!!


11 / 10 / 2017

A Playful City Dublin

We are thrilled and excited to be the only school invited to supply children to perform at A Playful City, a wonderful, innovative conference on 17th October in the Point Village.

A Playful City is a project exploring and responding to the need for more inclusive, child-friendly, and playful spaces in Dublin City. Their purpose is to bring children, young people, diverse key stakeholders and the wider community together to make an impact in the city.

Stay tuned for more information!


Big news for September 2017!!!
Both MUSICAL THEATRE and DREAM BELIEVE ACHIEVE classes now available for young people aged 13-18yrs!!

Our Life Skills class, DREAM BELIEVE ACHIEVE, using the vehicle of drama & performance in a fun-filled environment, will teach life skills such as: public speaking; inner resilience; social skills; assertiveness; study focus; empathy; negotiating skills; and listening skills – to build confidence; manage anxiety & stress; handle the pressures of social media/friendships and challenges of being a teenager in today’s world.

Classes offer Hip Hop, Singing and Drama training for theatre by experienced highly qualified teachers. No experience necessary.
For more info contact Mel;
Phone: 086 8372364

22 / 06 / 2016

Summer Camps 2016

We have just a few places still available for our Camps:

Sandyford Community Centre on 4th-8th July, 9.30am-1pm with Astrid Courtney, Alan McGrath & Mel Ryan

Patrician Centre, Stillorgan on 25th-29th July, 9.30am-1pm with Eimear O’Riordan, Alan McGrath & Mel Ryan

Drama games & exercises, songs and dance routines, puppet shows, improvisation, fun fun fun!

Each camp is limited to 20 children to provide a safe, nurturing environment , with plenty of individual attention for each child.

€100 per child, 10% discount for siblings

Contact: Mel – 086 8372364



24 / 05 / 2016

PLANS FOR 2016-2017!

We have had a wonderfully successful 2015-2016 with the opening of our venues in Stillorgan, Belarmine and Sandyford.  We would have been very happy to half-fill them in the first year but in fact most classes are completely full and we have waiting lists for September for most classes, particularly in Stillorgan.  Thank you all for your support and for spreading the word among your friends. We are getting great feedback from parents who have seen significant progress with their children’s social skills, self esteem and ability to assert themselves.  The children seem to love their classes and are having so much fun, as are we!

This September we are developing the school a little more.  We are opening in Mounttown Community Centre which is beside McCormack’s Pub in Monkstown/Dunlaoghaire.  We are also delighted to have secured a place in the brand new beautiful Community Centre in Ballyogen in Carrickmines.  Classes in Ballyogen will replace the classes in Belarmine and Sandyford Community Centre.  So our classes will take place in four venues -

Patrician Centre, Stillorgan, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat.

Ballyogen Community Centre, Carrickmines, Wed, Thurs

Mounttown Community Centre, Monkstown/Dunlaoghaire, Mon, Tues, Thurs

Glencullen Community Centre, Mon, Thurs


In addition to our ‘Building Confidence classes’ two of our venues, Mounttown and Ballyogen Com. Centres will offer a new two-hour Musical Theatre class.  With one hour of music/drama and an hour of hip hop dance, this class will be similar to a stage-school type class but will not have as many in the classes as most stage schools, which is in keeping with our ethos of providing a genuine caring and nurturing environment with the well-being of each child taking centre-stage with us at all times!


We already have a huge interest in our new Hip Hop classes in September.  They will be available for all ages from 6yrs to adults (including teens).  We have the best professional dancers in Ireland to teach these classes and judging by the phenomenal demand for the Hip Hop Dance Workshops we have been running for the last few months, I have no doubt that these classes will fill very quickly.


Eimear, Astrid, Ceara, Paddy and I wish to thank you all for supporting and reinforcing our work with your children throughout the year.  Our jobs are incredibly fulfilling and the children are a complete joy to teach.  We hope you have a lovely Summer and here’s to the next exciting chapter for the school!

Please feel free to contact me anytime on -086 8372364, or

Mel x



24 / 05 / 2016


We have two camps scheduled this year -

Sandyford Community Centre – 4th – 8th July with Astrid Courtney & Alan McGrath

Patrician Centre, Stillorgan – 25th – 29th July with Eimear O’Riordan & Alan McGrath

Both are for ages 4 – 11yrs,  children will be split into two age groups – 3-6yrs & 7-11yrs.

9.30am-1pm Mon – Fri with a short performance on the final day.

Price: €100 per child (10% discount for sibling) Deposit €20 required, will be deducted off fee.



Our new venues have had an overwhelming reaction and we are delighted to announce that we have created even more classes to our timetable!  More guitar class times on Monday, more Saturday classes and more adult courses too.  Because of this demand, Mel is always on the look-out for very special people to join our team of teachers. Teachers must hold a qualification and have experience in drama/musical theatre, ideally have trained in early childhood studies and most importantly have a genuine love of little people, along with the passion to develop their skills for the inevitable challenges of life.  CV’s can be sent to

We have just one place left on this course starting Monday 12th October, 7.30-9pm for 8 weeks in Sandyford Community Centre.  Would you like to develop the confidence to deliver a speech, a presentation or a party-piece? Are you interested in exploring the world of acting and performance? This course guarantees lots of fun, a safe environment in a small group of six, where participants have an opportunity to practise and gain valuable feedback while learning tips and techniques for overcoming the fear of being in the spotlight in whatever form.  Contact Mel 086 8372364

13 / 09 / 2015

September 2015

Well tomorrow we open in Belarmine Community Centre, Stepaside and Patrician Centre, Stillorgan, and on Thursday we open in Sandyford Community Centre – our three new venues this year!  We are absolutely delighted with the response to our advertising campaign and classes are almost full in all venues.  We do have some places left though so if you are interested, please give me a call on 086 8372364.

We have just one place left on our Drama, Performance & Presentations Skills for Adults course which will start week commencing 12th October and will run for 8 weeks.

We are offering guitar lessons on Monday evenings in Patrician Centre, Stillorgan for children and have just a couple of places left.

Welcome to our fabulous new teacher Astrid Courtney who joins us this week.  Astrid has over twelve years of experience teaching children drama, has a special, wonderful magic with children and a passion for building their self-esteem.  I am absolutely delighted to have her on-board!

A huge congratulations to our gorgeous Musical Theatre teacher Sarah Thornton and her husband Gavin on the birth of their beautiful baby Meghan Grace.  Sarah will be back with us after Christmas, in the meantime, Grace Kinirons and I will be taking the Musical Theatre classes.

We are very excited about seeing all our students again over the next two weeks and equally looking forward to meeting lots of new little people and getting to know each and every one of their personalities.  We want you, as parents, to feel that when your children are enrolled in our school, that they are a part of something special, that they are learning to believe in themselves, to believe that they are capable of so much more than they realise and that they are building the crucial resilience that they will need when faced with the inevitable challenges that life will bring.

See you all soon!

Best wishes

Mel xxx

We are very excited to announce that we will be offering classes in Stillorgan (Patrician Centre), Sandyford (Community Centre) & Belarmine (Community Centre) in addition to our classes in Glencullen from September 2015. Bookings are now being taken and filling nicely so be sure to contact Mel 086 8372364 sooner rather than later to ensure a place!

The following is an outline of the our timetable. Detailed class times will be available during the first week of September and will be determined by demand.

Glencullen Community Centre

Mon between 3pm and 7.30pm       Conf. Building Through Drama                       Mel Ryan
Tues between 3pm and 7.30pm       Conf. Building Through Drama                       Grace Kinirons
Wed between 4pm and 7pm             Musical Theatre                                                  Sarah Thornton
Thurs between 3pm and 7.30pm     Conf. Building Through Drama                      Mel Ryan

Patrician Centre, Stillorgan 

Tues between 3pm and 7.30pm       Conf. Building Through Drama/Mus.Theatre    Mel Ryan
Thurs between 3pm and 7.30pm     Conf. Building Through Drama                   Astrid Courtney
Sat between 11am and 2pm         Conf. Building Through Drama                        Astrid Courtney

Sandyford Community Centre

Thurs between 4 and 7pm    Conf. Building Through Drama/Mus.Theatre        Grace Kinirons

Belarmine Community Centre

Mon between 3.30 and 7pm       Conf. Building Through Drama


Contact Us

Patrician Centre, Stillorgan
Glencullen Library Community Centre
Sandyford Community Centre
Belarmine Community Centre

Phone: 086-8372364


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