Dancer of The Year
Huge congratulations to our Dancer of The Year 2014, Emily Green. Emily's sheer determination and love for irish dancing in 2014 did not go unnoticed. We wish you the very best of luck in 2015. Keep up the great work.
Achiever of the Year and Teachers Choice Award
Congratulations to our Achiever of The Year, Isla Cardno. In Isla's short period of time dancing for the Mason-Cummins Academy she has had some great results and excelled in class with a new found confidence. Congratulations must also go to the recipient of our Teachers Choice Award, Ellie Affleck. Ellie is one of the most dedicated students we have ever worked with and always attends class with a smile on her face. Well done ladies. Keep of the great work and the very best of luck to you both for 2015.
Mason-Cummins Academy Christmas Party
Massive thank you to everyone that came to our Christmas party!! We hope you all had a great night. Thank you for supporting our school and making it what it is today!! Merry Christmas to you all.
Dancer of The Month
Dancer of The Month for November 2014 has been selected. Congratulations Phoebe Skinner
Final workshop of 2014
Pictured is Molly Russell, Emily Green and Isla Cardno working hard at their last workshop of 2014. Well Done Girls.
Certificate and Diploma Examinations
Well done to all our girls and boys who danced their certificate and diploma examinations today. x12 A+, x9 A, x13 A-, x5 B+. Congrats!! 100% pass rate. Super proud of you all.
Feis Clann de Rinci
A huge well done to all the boys and girls that competed at Feis Clann de Rinci. You were all a great representation for Mason-Cummins Academy and brought home a lot of new shiny medals and trophies. Great Job!
Riverdance in Sunderland
Thank you to everyone that came and supported us at the Sunderland Empire. It was a special day for us both performing for our dancing school.. We hope you all enjoyed the show.
The North East Oireachtas 2014
Congratulations to all our girls who took part in the North East Regional Oireachtas! You all danced amazing and did us very proud. Jessica Healy U20 Oireachtas Champion, Grace Stones 2nd in U11, Molly Russell 3rd in U13, Isla Cardno 4th and Lexie Russell 5th in U9 and Grace Walton 7th in U7. Three qualifiers for the World Championships 2015 in Montreal!! Very successful day. Big Well Done!
Dancer of The Month
Dancer of The Month for October 2014 at the Mason-Cummins Academy has been selected. Congratulations Abbey Gardner
All Ireland Championships 2014
The All Ireland Championships 2014 was the first major championship for the Mason-Cummins Academy and what a successful major it turned out to be. Both teachers could not be more proud of the girls that competed. (L-R) Jessica Healy, Molly Russell, Grace Stones and Isla Cardno.
Twelve recalls out of a possible twelve. All your hard work and determination has paid off and we couldn't be happier with each of you.
All Ireland Championships 2014
The very best of luck to our four girls heading off to Dublin for The All Ireland Championships in just two days. We are extremely proud of how dedicated you have been and now all your hard work is done, go and enjoy it!! "We cannot start over, but we can begin now and make a new ending".
Emily Green Under 9 Open
A big congratulations to Emily Green for being our first student to make it into Open level. Emily this time 11 months ago took her first steps in Irish Dancing and she has come so far! She is an extremely hard worker and deserves the rewards. Well Done :)
September's Dance of the Month
Dancer of The Month for September 2014 at the Mason-Cummins Academy has been selected. Congratulations Grace Walton.
1,000 likes on Facebook
Thank you to everyone who liked and shared our Mason-Cummins Academy facebook page. The support has been amazing and we could not be any happier with the parents and their children who make The Mason-Cummins Academy so special.
With the upcoming Riverdance UK tour hitting the North East very soon, Craig and Shane spent the day with BBC doing radio interviews and magazine articles in promotion for what is going to be a spectacular show here in The Sunderland Empire this November. Make sure you have your tickets! The atmosphere is going to be electric and we have a lot of extremely excitied students who cannot wait much longer!
North East Regional Council
A fabulous day out for the Mason-Cummins Academy dancers at the North East Regional Council Feis. 13 Trophys and countless medals were won with some briliant dancing and lots of cheesey grins :) Well Done Boys and Girls. Keep up the hard work, you are all doing a great job!
August's Dancer of the Month
Dancer of The Month for August 2014 at the Mason-Cummins Academy has been selected. Congratulations Chloe Affleck!
July's Dancer of The Month
ALS Ice Water Challenge
After a 5 hour workshop The Mason-Cummins Academy dancers had a blast soaking their teachers with Ice cold water! Getting their own back but for an excellent cause. The ALS Ice Water Challenge. Thanks for the nominations Peter, Brenda and Caoimhe Ni Bhaolain and Lisa McElvogue. We would like to nominate Downey Academy Irish Dance in london, The Hopkins Academy also in London and Michelle Lawrence School Of Irish-Dancing in Tipperary. We would also like to nominate the Executive Producer of Riverdance, Mr Julian Erskine. Lead Dancer, Padraic Moyles and Dance Director Niamh O Connor. I'm sure the cast of Riverdance will enjoy soaking you all as another successful year in the Gaiety Theatre comes to to a close. We have donated, make sure you do too. You have 24 hours. Good Luck.
Dancer of The Month for July 2014 at the Mason-Cummins Academy has been selected. Congratulations Charlie Russell!
The Mason-Cummins Academy Summer Dance Camp 2014
Well Done to everyone who took part in our summer dance camp 2014. After lots of dance practice, fitness training, fun and our first assesment day we are still smiling receiving our camp certificates! Have a lovely week off guys :)
Catherine and Aidan receive back stage Riverdance passes at the Gaiety theatre in Dublin
Whilst on holiday in Dublin, Catherine and Aidan Richardson were surprised by Riverdance cast members, Katie Hands and Lauren Smyth who took them on a back stage tour after seeing the show for their first time. Pictured to the right: Katie Hands, Catherine Richardson, Aidan Richardson and Lauren Smyth on stage at the Gaiety Theatre.
June's Dancer of The Month
Dancer of The Month for June 2014 at the Mason-Cummins Academy has been selected. Congratulations Poppy Old :)
Summer Dance Camp 2014
To book a place for our three day summer dance camp please contact us via the contact page above. We are very excited to be holding our Irish Dancing summer camp from 11am-3:30pm each day starting the 19th of July until the 21st of July 2014. Camp will take place in the Gosforth Academy dance studio, Knightsbridge, Great north road, Gosforth, NE3 2JH.
May's Dancer of The Month
Dancer of The Month for May 2014 at the Mason-Cummins Academy has been selected. Congratulations Elvie Wigham.
A proud day
Brilliant dancing, brilliant rewards! Well Done to all the Mason-Cummins Academy girls. 14 trophies and countless medals won at the St.Patrick's day feis. What a talented bunch you are. You have two very proud teachers. Keep up the hard work.
April's Dancer of The Month
Dancer of The Month for April 2014 at the Mason-Cummins Academy has been selected. Congratulations Jessica Welsh.
McElvogue Trainor Festival.
Great day had by all our competitors, friends and family at the McElvogue Trainor Festival. 5 winners, 11 Trophies over 50 Medals and some lovely new sashes for our girls to take home. Well done! You all danced beautiful.
TCRG Graduation Ceremony.
Both Mason-Cummins Academy teachers, Craig Mason TCRG and Shane Cummins TCRG accepted their graduation certificates at the World Championships in London.
March's Dancer of The Month
Dancer of The Month for March 2014 at the Mason-Cummins Academy has been selected. Congratulations Robyn Affleck
Book your Riverdance tickets
Riverdance, the grammy award winning production will be performing in The Sunderland Empire Theatre 2014. Tickets are on sale now at If you are interested in seeing the show, Craig and Shane will be performing with Riverdance at 2:30pm and 8pm on Saturday the 15th of November. Tickets are selling out super fast so book soon if you wish to get seats!
February's Dancer of the Month
Dancer of The Month for February 2014 at the Mason-Cummins Academy has been selected. Congratulations to Gemma Fay Archbold!
North East Feis Dates 2014
January 18th - North East of England Championships
February 8th - Shandon Feis
March 8th - St. Patrick's Feis
March 29th & 30th - Lindisfarne Feis
May 10th - McElvogue-Trainer Festival
June 7th - St. Patrick's Feis
July 12th - Hannon Murphy Feis
September 6th - South Tyneside Feis
September 27th - Regional Council Feis
November 8th - North East Oireachtas
January's Dance of the Month
Dancer of The Month for January 2014 at the Mason-Cummins Academy has been selected. Congratulations to Emily-May Fletcher!