These 45 minute classes are offered to dancers starting at the age of 4. Dancers in this category will be introduced to Irish Dance. The teacher will review the different types of music by playing fun games to the rhythm and beats of each song. Your dancer will be introduced to the Irish Jig and to the Reel. These are both soft shoe dances. You are not required to buy your beginner dancer the soft shoes (aka Ghillies) the first year, however if you’re interested, please speak to Miss Colleen about how to order a pair. You beginner dancer will also learn the basic techniques of Irish Dancing such as walking on their toes, keeping their hands down by their sides, practicing proper turnout, and most importantly…. Smiling!!! 🙂
These 45 minute classes are offered to second year dancers if the teacher agrees they are ready to move up a level. Your dancer will be introduced to a new soft shoe danced called the Slip Jig. They will also learn more advanced light jig and reel steps. Technique will be a bit tougher with the advanced steps so teachers will focus on making sure each dancer is not only remembering their steps, but also remembering their good technique! Advanced beginners are required to have a pair of soft shoes that they must bring to each class. The second half of the year, advanced beginners will begin to learn hard shoe dances called the Hornpipe and Treble Jig. Hard shoes are not required yet, but they are encouraged.
These 1 hour classes are offered to dancers who have been dancing 3+ years and Miss. Colleen has agreed to let them move up a level or have competed in feisanna (see page 12 for more information about Feisanna) and are eligible to move up to the novice level. Novice dancers will review and practice all soft shoe and hard shoe dances. They will learn new material in all dances. Novice dancers will also be introduced to the slow version of the Hornpipe and Treble Jig during the second half of the year if the teacher feels they are ready. Novice dancers are required to have a pair of hard shoes that they must bring to each class.
These 1 hour classes are offered to dancers who Miss Colleen feels are ready to move up or have competed in feisanna and are eligible to move up. Prizewinner classes are focused on learning/practicing the slow hornpipe, slow treble jig, slip jig, and reel. Dancers will be taught tougher material and will be encouraged to compete. Stamina, technique, and confidence will be strictly practiced.
These 1-2 hour classes are offered to dancers who have competed and qualified for these levels only. Your champion dancer will learn new material that will highlight their strengths. Your dancers will be encouraged to practice daily and compete in major competitions. Private lessons are also highly recommended at this level.
Want a fun way to get into shape? These hour long classes are offered to dancers ages 18 and up. Beginner classes will introduce the basics or Irish dance along with learning fun ceili dances for cardio! Intermediate/Advanced classes will be a little more challenging and dancers will learn steps in the novice-prelim level. Dancers will learn new steps in both soft and hard shoes.