Students who are looking for a recreational Irish dance program are encouraged to enroll in our General Division.
Enjoy the Basics of Irish with opportunity to advance to higher levels at your own pace
Suitable for dancers from Beginner to Advanced.
General Division is ideal for students new to Irish dance, and dancers who are involved in other activities.
The General Division season extends from September - May (9 months) with optional summer classes for in June and July. General Division dancers learn traditional and modern styles of Irish dance.
General dancers have the option to take one class per week or attend multiple classes
Dancers who take more than one class per week generally progress at a much faster rate.
General Division Students are invited perform at St. Patrick's Fest, Year End Recital, and at Folklorama.
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Preschool 1 hour class for dancers ages 3 - 4
This level may be appropriate for students as young as 2 1/2, if they are capable of participating in the class without an accompanying parent.
Students learn basic foot work and positions for Irish dance and the Beginner Reel. Warm -up, stretching, and technique is included in the program. Students also learn an Irish song or nursery rhymes.
Beginner 1 hour class for dancers ages 5 - 6
Beginner students learn the basics of soft-shoe Irish dancing with Beginner Reel and the Light, Hop, or Slip Jig.
Warm up, stretching and technique is included in the lesson. Focus is on developing technique and progressing towards hard shoe work.
Novice 1 ½ hour class for dancers ages 7 - 8
Novice Level students continue soft-shoe with a reel, slip jig or hop jig and the complete Light Jig (5 steps). Our Novice dancers also learn their first Ceili dance (group dance with figures). Novice dancers begin hard shoe training. Warm up and technique is included in the class with added focus on the more difficult moves (such as leaps, jumps, and cross keys). Dancers with no previous training may enroll in our Novice Level, however a few private lessons may be recommended in order for a dancer to catch up with the basic technique for Irish Dance.
Preliminary 1 ½ hour class recommended for dancers ages 9 -11
Preliminary students' learn more complex soft-shoe styles and further their hard-shoe technique with 45 minutes of training each class. Students learn dances such as the Beginner Hornpipe, Treble Jig, and Treble Reel. Dancers also learn a Ceili or group dance to develop discipline, precision, and performance skills. Warm up and hard shoe technique training is included in the lesson. Dancers with no previous training may enroll in our Preliminary Level, however private lessons
may be recommended in order for a dancer to catch up with the basic technique for Irish Dance.
Intermediate 1 1/2 hour class for dancers ages 12 & older
Intermediate Level students focus on developing style and technique required for more advanced levels of Irish dancing. Warm up and technique is included, and students also learn a Ceili or group dance to continue to develop their precision and performance skills.
Advanced 1 1/2 hour class for dancers 14 & over
This level is best suited for dancers 14 and over with a minimum of 5 years Irish dance training. Dancers should be well established in Irish soft and hard-shoe. Students focus on developing style and technique required for more advanced levels of Irish dancing. Warm up and technique is included, and dancers also learn a Ceili or group dance to continue to develop their precision and performance skills.
Adult Program Options Adult Introductory 1 ½ hour class recommended for adults new to Irish dance
Students learn the basics of soft-shoe Irish dancing. Warm up and technique is included in the class with added focus on stretching and improving flexibility and strength in order to prepare for the rigors of Irish dance. Hard shoe technique is also offered in this class.
Adult Intermediate - Advanced 1 ½ hour class with combined Intermediate & Advanced
For dancers who've progressed through our Adult Intro level. This class is also appropriate for dancers with previous experience in other styles of dance, who have completed 6 - 8 private lessons. Style and technique will be the focus of this class, with emphasis placed on hard shoe work.
Adult Level Placement
Basic Irish hard shoe technique is required for our Adult Intermediate Class.
Private lessons are recommended for previously trained dancers returning as Adult students who wish to enroll in our Adult Intermediate or Advanced classes.
Private lessons are necessary for adults transferring from other dance disciplines who wish to enroll in our Adult Intermediate or Advanced classes as dancers must have knowledge of Irish dance basics.
We recommend students transferring from other schools or other styles of dance
schedule a few private lessons in order to learn our basic Irish technique, style, and steps. Private lessons are available during the summer months in order to prepare dancers for fall registration.
If you have questions about which level best suits your needs, please contact us!
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