Lauren began tap dancing at 3 years of age in a local class on the Navan Road. Soon after, she became a student of the National Performing Arts School where she studied tap dance, ballet, drama, jazz, musical theatre and singing. On leaving NPAS, she studied mechanical engineering at Trinity College. Strangely enough, this was where she discovered her love of teaching dance through volunteering. She became actively involved with the Trinity Vincent de Paul society, directing their Christmas Pantomime in the O’Reilly Theatre, 2010. She continued as choreographer for the pantomime in 2011, as well as choreographing a number of productions for DU players, including Spring Awakening and Hercules.
She continued her studies of dance with Lisa Tyrrell and WhyNot Dance Company, completing ISTD exams in classical ballet and is now working towards the Diploma in Dance Instruction. In 2014 she trained with Heather Cornell in New York, furthering her education in rhythm tap and exploring the idea of a tap dancer as a musician as well as a dancer. She discovered the lack of such an approach in Ireland, and so Noisemakers was born. She has performed with WhyNot dance company, at Walk to the Beat festival, NY and has had her choreography performed in the O’Reilly and Olympia theatres in Dublin. She is delighted to be back teaching on the Navan Road, where it all began for her.
Noisemakers was founded in 2015 and offers tap dance classes to children and adults. Classes focus on the development of musicality, natural sense of rhythm and swing and improvisation, as well as exploring traditional repertoires. Students dance to all genres of music, including jazz, rock, classical, blues and pop to develop their sense of musicianship and performance. Noisemakers holds regular workshops with live musicians to strengthen dancers’ relationship with music. Students are given the opportunity to perform with the company.
All Noisemakers teachers and helpers are garda vetted and fully insured.
Noisemakers’ mission is to provide young Irish talent with the encouragement and support that they need to develop their art, no matter where they come from or what level of skills they’ve already developed.
At Noisemakers, we believe that children who love to dance, sing, paint, write and talk should be encouraged just as much as children who can do calculus or program in C#. Our weekly classes provide a space for young dancers to practice their skill.
As a country with a rich heritage of music, language, dance, art, writing and great storytelling, we have a responsibility to embrace our culture and pass it on to our children. We believe nurturing all kinds of talent means that Ireland’s young people will grow up with a well-rounded education, confident in their own abilities and with a strong sense of who they are. One day we hope to create a space for all young artists to explore and learn.
Currently, we run tap and jazz classes on the Navan Road and Synge Street to teach young people and adults about making music, jazz and finding their natural rhythm.
As we grow, the classes we offer will grow too!