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Irish Dance Practice Tools

Irish Dance is a disciplined learning and requires consistent practice and effort to become proficient. Like any skilful activity, hard work is required to achieve success.  In order for a dancer to progress in Irish dance, hard work, dedication, and at-home practice is essential.  We encourage all students to practice at home and parental assistance is often necessary. Personal progress and performance are directly affected by practice time, attitude and effort in class and at home.

Irish Dance MusicDue to copyright legislation, we are unable to provide dancers with copies of music.  A large selection of Irish dance music is available on-line. 

General Irish Dance CD's available for purchase on Antonio Pacelli's website


       2014 - 2015 FOLKLORAMA
       2014 - 2015 COMPETITIVE SUMMER
       2015 - 2016 GENERAL DIVISION 
       2015 - 2016 PERFORMANCE DIVISION
       2015 - 2016 COMPETITIVE DIVISION
       2015 - 2016 BRANDON DIVISION

CRN Competitive Music
Available from
Practicing with music DOES make a difference!  It helps timing and rhythm so please use music as much as you can.Try different using tunes with varying tempos so you get used to keeping in time with music, at all speeds. Always begin with the slow speed and work up to the faster tempos.

Having trouble keeping up?
Consider Private Lessons
If a dancer is struggling or falling behind their class, sometimes an extra hour or two of private lessons is the easiest and fastest way for a student to catch up.
Private lessons are a great idea for parents who would like to learn the basic steps and technique to assist their child with at-home practice

Recommended practice time
 Not including warm up and cool down
- 15 min per day or  1 ½ hrs. per  week
Novice - Preliminary
- 30 min per day or  4 hrs. per week
Intermediate - Advanced  -
45 min per day or  5 hrs. per week
60 min per day OR 6 hrs. per week
-30 min per day OR 4 hrs. per week

Information for Parents:   Supporting your dancer
Some children have a natural drive to practice on their own. These dancers need only support and encouragement to continue with their good practice habits.  Some dancers desire to progress with their dancing but have trouble understanding how to fit practice time into their day. These children often need help from their parents to set out a weekly practice plan and stick to it. Quite often, after a month or two of help and support, these children can learn to practice diligently on their own to achieve their goals.
It is important to discover what your child's practice style is and compare that with what their goals are for
their dancing. As an Irish dance parent, your most important role is to accept the character type of your child and
do your best to be supportive of them and the decisions they make regarding their Irish dance.
  • Offer encouragement, especially when your child may be struggling. Please do not use punishment or lack of affection and warmth to get your children to try harder or perform better.
  • If you child falls behind, please work with the instructors to determine a realistic goal for the dancer to achieve. It is essential that we have the full support from parents, especially when a child is struggling.
  • Avoid criticizing your child's practice or performance.
  • Avoid criticizing other dancer's in practice or performance. Always be a positive role model for your dancer.
  • Do not get upset or treat your child differently when they make a mistake.
  • Stick to your parental role. Avoid trying to be your child's coach or teacher (i.e. becoming too involved in steps or technique, etc.).
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