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OUR PHILOSOPHY
Our philosophy is to provide dancers with an encouraging, positive learning environment where students can achieve their individual goals and learn the value of working as part of a team in safe, family atmosphere. 

  • Our teaching methods are based on Irish tradition and also incorporate modern teaching techniques to accelerate the learning process. 
  • Class sizes are limited to achieve individual focus on our students and classes generally do not exceed an 8 -1 student to teacher ratio.
  • All dancers receive one on one time with instructors and are encouraged to seek their personal best through training, hard work, and support from their instructors.

McConnell School of Dance is well into its 3rd generation, under the direction of Shayleen McConnell Finucan. 

The school offers classes in Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba.  

In-Person and Select On-Line Zoom Class Options 


OUR STUDIO

HOME TO GENERATIONS OF DANCERS

Winnipeg Studio

  • 558 Keenleyside Street, Wpg MB R2H0N9

NEW WINNIPEG STUDIO

Our 2600 sq ft newly renovated studio features a sprung floor with Marley dance vinyl for dancer's safety. 

Our open air studio and waiting room have dual ventilation systems for the highest HEPA filtration for superior quality air circulation.

Ground level for accessibility and conveniently located near major shopping centres.


BENEFITS OF IRISH DANCE

IRISH DANCE TEACHES US

  • Discipline
  • Value of hard work
  • How to set goals
  • How to listen
  • How to win & how to loose

 

IRISH DANCE MAKES US

  • Better athletes
  • Better musicians
  • Better teammates
  • More confident

 

IRISH DANCE GIVES US

  • Good health and Fitness
  • Life-long friendships
  • Determination
  • Perseverance

FREE TRIAL CLASS

McConnell Irish Dance welcomes you to a

FREE TRIAL CLASS! 


Which type of Irish Dance is right for you?

RECREATIONAL

IRISH DANCE FOR FUN, EXERCISE, AND ENJOYMENT

Learn CRN certified solo dances used for competition and performances in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Suitable for all levels and ages. Performance optional.

COMPETITIVE

JOIN OUR AWARD WINNING COMPETITIVE TEAM

McConnell Irish Dancers compete at CRN Local, Regional, National, and World Championships in both Digital and In-Person competitions.

PERFORMANCE 

DEDICATED DANCERS WHO LOVE TO PERFORM

Performance Teams require a large commitment from the dancer  as our troupe performs at over 60 shows locally each season and travels internationally.


Beginner Irish Dance Classes

 We offer classes for Beginners of all ages from pre-school, teen, or adult.  It's never too late to start Irish dance.

PRESCHOOL 

Ages 2 - 4

Students learn the basics of Irish dance technique, rhythm, music, and song in a fun class structured specifically for younger children.  

Wed 5:30 - 6:00 pm

 Sat 9:30 - 10:00 am

30 minutes     $45 / month

*Hourly Discounted Rate Applies *Plus GST

BEGINNER

Ages 5 - 12

Students learn basic technique for soft and hard shoe Irish dance and start their Bunghrad - Level 1 dances (Reel, Slip Jig, Single Jig, Light Jig).

Wed 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Sat 10:00 - 11:00 am  *In-Person or 

60 Minutes     $60 / Month

*Hourly Discounted Rate Applies *Plus GST

ADULT

Teen - Adult

Our Adult Irish dance classes are ideal for teen or adult students who do not have previous Irish dance experience.  

Wed 8:00 - 9:00 pm

60 minutes    $60 / month

*Hourly Discounted Rate Applies *Plus GST


Irish Dance Grades

 Once dancers learn the basics in a Beginner class, they move through 5 levels of Irish dance (Bunghrád, Ullmhuchán, Meanghrád, Ardghrád, Craobhghrád).  Each level increases in difficulty and students gain skill and learn the necessary technique with the help of our CRN certified team of instructors. CRN Graded Levels provides structured learning for recreational and competitive Irish dance students and motivates our Irish dancers to the highest levels.

BUNGHRÁD -  ULLMHUCHÁN 

Level 1 - 2

Students learn 4 the Bunghrád dances (Reel, Slip Jig, Single Jig, Light Jig) and move on to 5 the Ullmhuchán dances (Reel, Slip Jig, Single Jig, Heavy Jig, Hornpipe).  

This class is suitable for recreational and competitive students. Two levels are combined to allow students to advance easily, at their own pace for each dance.

Wed 6:30 - 8:00 pm

 Sat 11:00 - 12:30 pm.    *In-Person or 

90 Minutes     $85 / Month

*Hourly Discounted Rate Applies *Plus GSTs 

ULLMHUCHÁN - MEANGHRÁD

Level 2 - 3

Students learn 5 Ullmhuchán dances (Reel, Slip Jig, Single Jig, Heavy Jig, Hornpipe ) and move on to 5 Meanghrád (Reel, Slip, Single, Heavy Jig, Hornpipe).   

This class is suitable for recreational and competitive students. Two levels are combined to allow students to advance easily, at their own pace for each dance.

 Sat 11:00 - 12:30 pm    *In-Person or 

90 Minutes     $85 / Month

*Hourly Discounted Rate Applies *Plus GST

MEANGHRÁD 

Level 3

30 minute Menaghrád class for students who are proficient in all of their Level 3 dances (Reel, Slip Jig, Single Jig, Heavy Jig, Hornpipe). 

This class is suitable for recreational and competitive students for Meanghrád level only practice and technique. 

Tues 5:30 - 6:00 pm

30 Minutes     $45 / Month

*Hourly Discounted Rate Applies *Plus GST

ARDGHRÁD

Level 4

Students learn 5 Ardghrád dances (Reel, Slip Jig, Single Jig, Heavy Jig, Hornpipe ) in addition to contemporary and traditional set dances.  This level is split into entry and advance classes.  Dancers will be notified of their placement prior to the commencement of classes.

Suitable for recreational and competitive students.  Additional workshops are necessary for new material. Private lessons are recommended for dancers who require individually choreographed steps and one-on-one time with an instructor.

Ardghrad 1  Mon 5:00 - 8:00 pm / Thur 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Ardghrad 2  Mon 6:00 - 9:00 pm / Thur 9:00 pm

180 Minutes     $145 / Month

*Hourly & Family Discounted Rate *Plus GST

CRAOBHGHRÁD

Level 5

Students who've achieved Championship status learn 5 Craobhghrád dances (Reel, Slip Jig, Single Jig, Heavy Jig, Hornpipe ) in addition to contemporary and traditional set dances.  This level is split into entry and advance classes.  Dancers will be notified of their placement prior to the commencement of classes.

Suitable for recreational and competitive students.  Additional workshops are necessary for new material.  Private lessons are recommended for dancers who require individually choreographed steps and one-one-one time with an instructor.

Craobhghrád 1  Mon 5:00 - 8:00 pm / Thur 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Craobhghrád 2  Mon 6:00 - 9:00 pm / Thur 9:00 pm

180 Minutes     $145 / Month

*Hourly & Family Discounted Rate  *Plus GST


Specialty Classes

Special Classes are additional options for dancers already enrolled in our other programs.

PERFORMANCE TEAMS

Dedicated dancers who love to perform and have great team spirit.

Performance dancers become part of a family who travel the world to perform & make lifelong friendships. Performance team practices are held from September to August and students register for the entire season.  Dancers will be notified of team placement & schedule prior to class start. 

Tues 6:00 - 8:00 pm / 7:00 - 9:00 pm

120 Minutes  $100 / Month

*Family Discount  *Plus GST

STRENGTH AND FITNESS 

Irish dancers looking to stay in shape, develop fitness, flexibility and strength.

High energy, 30 minute strength and training workout gear for Irish dance. In addition to the weekly 30 minute in-studio workout, students who enrol in our Irish Dance Strength and Fitness class will have access to on-line training videos for their personal access. Suitable for for all ages and levels.

Sat 12:30 - 1:00 pm

30 Minutes     $30 / Month

*Family Discount  *Plus GST

 OPEN STUDIO PRACTISE

Supervised open practice time for Ardghrád and Craobhghrád dancers .

Dancers will have the opportunity to work on their dances in the safe environment of the studio with instructor supervision and friends to help encourage and challenge them. 

Open studio practice is suitable for all ages of Ardghrád and Craobhghrád dancers.  

Sat 1:00 - 2:30 pm

90 Minutes     $20 / Month

*Family Discount  *Plus GST

 UNLIMITED STUDIO ACCESS

Dancers have unlimited access to the studio for safe, individual practice.

Dancers have unlimited access to the studio for individual practice during times when there are no scheduled classes. 

Unlimited practice is suitable for dancers of all levels and grades.  Dancers must be over 12 years of age as this is unsupervised studio practise.

 Individual Unlimited Access

    $45 / Month 

*Family Discount  *Plus GST


Private Lessons

Not ready to join a class yet?  Looking for individual time with an instructor for accelerated learning? 

Private lessons are a great option for dancers who wish to work one-on-one with an instructor.

New students are encouraged to enrol in private lessons to work one-on-one with an instructor before transferring to our group lessons. 
30 Minutes - $35        60 Minutes - $70         5 Private Lessons - 30 Minutes $150         5 Private Lessons - 60 Minutes $325

 *Plus GST

Please contact us to schedule private lessons at info@mcconnelldancers.com


Brandon Irish Dance

We offer Recreational and Competitive Irish Dance classes in Brandon, Manitoba

BEGINNER

New Students

Students learn basic technique for soft and hard shoe Irish dance and start their Bunghrad - Level 1 dances (Reel, Slip Jig, Single Jig, Light Jig).

SUNDAY 3:00 - 3:45 pm

45 Minutes     $50 / Month

 *Plus GST

BUNGHRÁD 

Level 1 

Students learn 4 the Bunghrád dances (Reel, Slip Jig, Single Jig, Light Jig) 

SUNDAY 1:00 - 2:00 pm

60 Minutes     $60 / Month

 *Plus GST

BUNGHRÁD - ULLMHUCHÁN - MEANGHRÁD

Level 1 -3

Students learn 4 Bunghrád dances, 5 Ullmhuchán dances (Reel, Slip Jig, Single Jig, Heavy Jig, Hornpipe ) and move on to 5 Meanghrád (Reel, Slip, Single, Heavy Jig, Hornpipe).   

 SUNDAY 1:00 - 3:00 pm

120 Minutes  $120 / Month

*Plus GST

ARDGHRÁD - CRAOBHGHRAD

Level 4 - 5

Students learn 5 Ardghrád dances (Reel, Slip Jig, Single Jig, Heavy Jig, Hornpipe ) in addition to contemporary and traditional set dances.  

 SUNDAY 1:00 - 3:00 pm

120 Minutes    $120 / Month

*Plus GST

BRANDON ADULT IRISH DANCE

Interested in Adult Irish Dance & Ceili Classes in Brandon?  

Please contact us for more information about our Adult Irish Dance Classes in Brandon


Lesson Fees and Payments

Term fees are based on an average of 4 classes per month including statutory holidays and breaks.  In an effort to assist in keeping fees as low as possible, we offer a reduce rate multiple class hours and family discounts​. Fees are divided into monthly payments, for the duration of the session.

REGISTRATION FEE

A yearly, non-refundable, registration fee will apply for all students.  Registration fees are posted and processed at the time of enrolment. 

  • $30 - 1 Student   
  • $50 - 2 Students   
  • $65 - 3+ Students

 

MULTI CLASS DISCOUNTS

To assist dancers who enrol in multiple classes, we offer a reduce rate.  Fees do not include GST

 

  • .5 hr - $45 / Month
  •  1 hr  - $60 / Month
  • 1.5 hr - $ 85 / Month
  •  2 hr - $105 / Month
  • 2.5 hr - $125 / Month
  •  3  hr - $145 / Month
  • 3.5 hr - $165 / Month
  • 4 hr - $185 / Month
  • 4.5 hr  - $205 / Month

  •  5 hr - $225 / Month
  •  5.5 hr - $245 / Month
  •  6 hr - $265 / Month
  •  6.5 hr - $280 /Month
  •  7 hr - $295 / Month
  •  7.5 hr - $310 / Month
  •  8 hr - $325 / Month
  •  8.5 hr - $340 / Month
  •  9 hr - $355 / Month

 

 

FAMILY DISCOUNT 

To assist families with 2 -3 dancers, we offer a 10% discount off all lesson fees, including special programs.

ADDITIONAL FAMILY DISCOUNT

After 3rd family member, fees are waived

(applied to member with the lowest monthly rate.)

NEW REFERRAL DISCOUNT

Refer new student (new household) and both you and the new student will receive 10% off classes for their first season of dance. 

 

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