About Us

The History Of Royal Tara Dance Academy
The Academy
The Royal Tara Dance Academy was founded by
Mrs. June McCalmont (nee June Betts) over 50 years ago
and is something of a family enterprise. 
June, a champion dancer, was taught by Mrs Vourneen O'Connor in Belfast and both of June's daughters, Ruth and Marti, have followed in her footsteps.  Both have performed successfully as competitive dancers and are past Ulster and Northern Ireland champions.  They are now teachers at the school as June has now retired from teaching.
The award winning Royal Tara Dance Academy is one of the province's well known cross community Irish dancing schools, participating in both competition and exhibition work. 
The school is widely renowned for its innovative steps and artistic choreography

The Classes
The Royal Tara Dance Academy offers weekly traditional Irish dance classes for girls and boys from nursery age up to adult. 
For our competitive dancers who enjoy dancing in competitions whether it be a Local Feis or the World Championships,
there is a suitable class for their level, as well as dancers who simply choose to enjoy Irish dancing as a recreational activity.  
Every dancer is part of  Team RTDA
Visit our Classes page for details
about the schools locations.

 The Beginners of Today, are the Champions of Tomorrow and the Champions of Today are the Teachers of Tomorrow.

                   The Pupils
The talented pupils of the Royal Tara Dance Academy    
perform at the highest levels of competitive dance with many pupils having achieved an impressive list of
individual and team awards including:
    *  All Ireland & World Championships (CRDM)
    *  Ulster Championships (CRDM & FDTA)
    *  International Championships (CRG)
    *  Northern Ireland Championships (Festival)
       *  World Championships  (WIDA)
       *  European Championships (FIDTA & WIDA)
The June Betts and Royal Tara school have also passed on their  expertise to a number of pupils who have went onto pursue professional careers in Irish dancing either as teachers or performers and also opened their own dance schools which makes us very humble and gives us a sense of pride.