This class is for dancers ages 3-5. Students will learn the fundamentals of Traditional Irish Step Dancing and establish familiarity with the music, foot placement, body alignment, and basic steps of Irish Dance.
This class is for dancers ages 5+. Students will continue with the fundamentals of Traditional Irish Step Dancing and start learning full steps. Beginner Jigs and Reels will be taught and students will be able to compete at feiseanna* once they are capable of dancing the steps to music.
For students who are able to dance their Jig and Reel steps to music with minimal teacher assistance, or are asked to attend based on teacher discretion. Students will continue to build upon the fundamentals learned in Beginner 1, begin learning hardshoe dances, and become more comfortable dancing steps to music on a regular basis. The pace of the class will increase as more dances and new skills are being introduced.
For students who have at least two competitive dances in the Novice level and will continue to train for feiseanna. Students will learn more advanced skills and progress their softshoe and hardshoe dances with complex movements. This is a more fast-paced class that includes regular drills to improve technique with the newly acquired skills and steps.
For students who have at least one dance in the Prizewinner level or higher and will continue to compete and train at an advanced level.
*“Feis” (pronounced phonetically “fesh” in English) is an Irish word meaning “festival” and has come to describe a traditional Gaelic arts and culture festival. The plural form of the word is “feiseanna” (pronounced “fesh – anna"). The term "feis" is commonly used referring to Irish dance competitions.