,Established in 1992 by qualified Irish Dance teacher Sheryl Watkins TCRG, the Watkins Academy of Irish Dance has grown to become one of Queensland & Australia’s premier Irish dance schools. As well as winning numerous State and National titles, dancers from the Watkins Academy have ranked in the Top 10 in the world.
On the professional stage, Watkins Academy dancers have performed and toured at home and overseas in top Irish dance productions including “Lord Of the Dance”, “To Dance On The Moon”, “Dance Of Desire”, “Magic of the Dance”, "A Taste of Ireland", "A Celtic Christmas", "Tara", and Michael Flatley’s “Celtic Tiger”.
At home, its dancers compete at local, state & national level and perform regularly alongside the Queensland Pops Orchestra, at Gilhooleys Irish Bar & Restaurant in Brisbane's CBD and at the Woodford Folk Festival, to name just a few.
Our philosophy is to create a class environment which is highly-productive and constructive whilst also being enjoyable and social. A friendly team spirit is extremely important and we are very proud of the sportsmanship shown by all members of the Academy.
From the Beginning
Where We Are Now
When I started the school in 1992, I could only dream of what I wanted to achieve and the sort of school I wanted to create. I can say with a heart full of pride that, together, we have ticked off that bucket list. We’ve won State & National titles; we’ve brought home World medals; our dancers have been in the spotlight and even danced with Michael Flatley; they have gone on to become qualified teachers and adjudicators in their own right and some even married one another! .
I am so very proud of this school and all that we’ve done during the past 30 years. Not just our successes on stage but the camaraderie off stage as well. Nothing rings out louder in my head than 2004 when we had three Figure Dance teams compete at State and Nationals. It was tough but that’s when I saw our team spirit come to the forefront and we went on to not only win the U13 Figure at Nationals but our Senior Figure placed 2nd and our U16 Figure was Top 5. Watching the excitement and emotion as our Watkins family of dancers, parents and teachers rallied around each other was something special and none of us will ever forget it.
And last year, to have our dancers take out the coveted and prestigious Senior Mens and Senior Ladies Titles at the 2022 Queensland State Championships was a special moment. Our very own Samuel Barnes and Tyler Watkins dancing together in the "Dance of Champions" is something we will never forget.