Under the direction of Michelle Gough ADCRG (nee Bilton), and now joined by her daughter Mairéad Bilton-Gough TCRG, Bilton Academy of Irish Dancing has been established for over 30 years, and has been thriving among the Yarra Valley community for the past two decades.
The family-run Irish Dance school is registered with AIDA (Australian Irish Dancing Association) and An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha in Ireland (World Irish Dancing Commission), providing students with the opportunity to compete at local feiseanna (competitions) as well as the State, National, and World Championships, plus other competitions around the country and world. Students are also eligible to complete the internationally certified Irish Dancing Grade Exams.
Throughout the year, students from the academy also have the chance to participate in local events and performances around Melbourne. Students also regularly participate in community displays for the elderly and disabled.
Bilton Academy dancers have performed at events such as Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Healesville Music Festival, Yarra Glen Races, Lilydale Community Festival, The Footy Show Grand Final Showcase, and the acclaimed 2000 Sydney Olympics Torch Relay in Healesville.
Bilton Academy of Irish Dancing currently hold classes in Mount Evelyn in the Yarra Valley. Classes are available for beginner to advanced students, and new dancers of all ages are always welcome. Classes involve both heavy and light shoe styles, as well as ceili (team) and solo dances, promoting team-work skills and a confidence-building environment.
All students are covered under a comprehensive Dancesurance Australia insurance policy.