MDB Performance Academy is a new performing arts school which aims to provide our students with technical tuition in all aspects of performing arts in a fun and supportive environment. We encourage our students to create, imagine, and improve their self-confidence while also honing their performance skills.
The core principle of MDB Performance Academy is to teach students not only the fundamentals of the performing arts, but through the course of long term involvement students will gain invaluable knowledge and access to a network of individuals who work in the arts industry.
Méadhbh de Blacam
Méadhbh is the driving force behind the MDB Performance Academy. She holds B.Sc in Psychology and more recently has studied towards a H.Dip in Music Education, specialising in singing, for which she was awarded a first class honours. She has achieved her vocal grades through the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Méadhbh has a gift and love for teaching and performing, passing on her passion for music to her students in a way that motivates them, whether young or old, and tailoring their lessons to meet their needs and goals. She is passionate about harmonies and vocal arranging aims to equip her students with tangible music skills.
Throughout her college years, Méadhbh was an active participant in multiple choral and dramatic groups as both a member and director, she ultimately went on to become the musical director of the DCU Glee Club. Under her guidance, she moulded the group which then went on to perform at a professional level annually in The Helix, as well as at various corporate events. She has also performed in various musicals throughout her academic career.
In addition to her performance experience, she has taught collegiate private voice lessons and workshops at Dublin City University. She has also taught singing to the children in the Aisling Project, Ballymun for the past two years, assisting them with the production of their annual showcase. Working with this group of children, combined with her work in psychology, inspired Méadhbh to pursue teaching.
With this diverse performance experience, combined with her years as a vocalist, Méadhbh de Blacam brings a well-rounded perspective to teaching vocal technique and performance. This equips her to prepare students for the stage and allows her to teach in a way that protects and grows their voice naturally while exploring their capabilities and pushing them to reach their full potential.
Graduated from University of Limerick in 2017 with first class honours from the BA Voice and Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. She began her dance training through RAD ballet. She started contemporary dance at 16 years of age at Dublin Youth Dance Company. Through her time at University, she had the opportunity to study dance in Kuopio, Finland. She has also explored different styles of dance within her degree including Hip Hop, Irish, Aerial and African Dance. Kathy has since performed with the Step Up Dance Project and has been teaching ballet, musical theatre, hip hop and contemporary within various dance schools in Wicklow and Dublin.