Classes

Every class starts with a warm up and stretch. If in the Primary or above class you will then go into dancer conditioning which focuses on strengthening, toning, and stretching different parts of the body. The goal of dance conditioning is to provide a regimen of exercises and techniques for the development of a dancers physical endurance, strength, flexibility, and coordination. It betters the dancer's overall ability and prevents injury. Dancers will then go through a variety of light and heavy shoe drills as well as drilling their choreography. Instructors focus on stamina, perfecting proper technique and correct rhythm throughout the class. Class finishes with a cool down and stretch before being dismissed by the instructors.

Tiny Tikes

Aimed at children who are 3 to 5 years old. This is a pre-beginner class that teaches your child balance, timing, coordination, and the basic positions and techniques at the core of traditional Irish dance. Instructors will play music and dance games with the students and even teach them a little Gaelic. Your little dancer will work together with you and the instructor to prepare them for their progression into the beginner class when they reach 5 years of age.

Beginner

This class is for first year dancers ages 5 and up. To start, beginners will learn the basic techniques of Irish dance. Once the basics are established beginners will be taught their traditional light shoe choreography in the reel, light jig, slip jig and single jig. No dance experience is required for this class.

Advanced Beginner

In the Advanced Beginner class dancers will be introduced to the basic heavy shoe techniques and slightly more advanced light shoe choreography. They will move on to the traditional heavy shoe dances: treble jig and hornpipe. At least a year of dance experience is required for this class.

Primary

Dancers at this level have demonstrated a clear understanding and execution of the basic techniques, rhythm and timing of Advanced Beginner reels, light jigs, slip jigs, treble jigs and hornpipes. Students will learn primary level dances and techniques, such as quarter turns, slaps, clicks, butterflies, rocks, slow drums, and the advanced tempo hard shoe dances. It is highly recommended that the dancer start taking 2 classes per week at this level.

Intermediate

Dancers must demonstrate dedicated interest and energy in this class, and be ready to learn and perform advanced level Irish dancing. This level focuses more on the reel, slip jig, treble jig, hornpipe and set dances. More complex dances and techniques will be introduced to challenge the class, such as full turns, switch lifts, toe walks, double clicks, and fast drums.

Preliminary/Champion

This is the highest level attainable in Irish dance. Dancers at this level have mastered basic and advanced level choreography and techniques. The teachers will continue to fine tune and challenge the student to produce an elite level dancer. Teacher approval is required for this class. Dancers at this level are required to attend 2 or more classes per week.

Adult Classes

For adults and teenagers 16yrs & up. The Adult Irish Dance classes incorporate fitness and Irish dance in a fun and enjoyable fashion. We'll make sure you get a good workout while learning to Irish dance and have fun doing it!