Does my child have to be Irish or have previous Irish dance experience to join?
Not at all! No dance experience is necessary and neither is an Irish heritage. Dancers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join our classes. All students will be taught the basics of Irish dance.
At what age can my child begin taking Irish dance class?
Dancers are welcome to join as early as 4 years old. It’s also never too late to begi We offer classes for all ages, from youth to adult.
How much energy/physical exertion is required? What about flexibility?
A moderate amount of both energy and flexibility is required. Irish Dance is an aerobic exercise akin to sprinting rather than distance running. The beginner levels require moderate exertion and it gets more taxing as the levels progress. Flexibility is not a necessity but is definitely looked for and should be improved as a dancer advances.
Do you offer adult classes?
Yes, we do. It’s never too late to learn.There is a place for everyone, whether a beginner or someone with Irish dance experience.
What should my child wear to class?
Clothing: Regardless of age, students should wear clothing that is easy to move in and comfortable without being baggy. Part of Irish dancing is form and so it is recommended that shorts and t-shirts and tanks be worn.
Shoes: New beginners may come to their first few classes in socks or tennis shoes. If you wish to purchase a dance shoe, then a ballet slipper or jazz shoe is appropriate. As dancers progress it is required that they purchase ghillies (“soft” Irish Dance shoes). Ask the teacher for recommendations on where to get these shoes as well as how to properly size them.
Hair: Hair should be pulled back and away from the face, and any jewelry should be kept to a minimum so as not to interfere with dancing.
Is competition mandatory?
We encourage students to participate in competitions but do not require it– many choose to dance simply for their enjoyment and exercise. Students will be taught both solo material as well as ceili (group) dances, both of which are suitable for competition
Do I need to buy an expensive dress or wig?
Dresses and wigs are not required. For competitions, beginner and intermediate dancers do wear a school costume, but natural hair styles are encouraged. For more advanced dancers, wigs are optional and up to the dancer, his/her family, and the teacher’s discretion; solo costumes can be purchased used or by smaller dressmakers, and so do not have to be as expensive. These costumes can also be resold.
Will I get to see my child perform and when can they start?
Dancers of all levels are encouraged to perform with the school at shows throughout the year. Beginning dancers can participate in most of these shows. We are always encouraging new dancers to get stage experience to gain confidence.
Where can my dancer register for classes?
Enrolment is open throughout the year, so long as space is available. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
How many classes per week can I attend?
Beginner to advanced classes are offered 1-3 times a week.
Additionally, a weekly skills and drills class is offered for students of all ages and levels who wish to focus on their technical ability. Private lessons are also an option as the child progresses.
Can I watch my child’s class?
To reduce distraction and disruption, parents are not permitted to sit-in on classes except during special observation days or at the teacher’s request. Parents do not have to stay for their child’s class, but must accompany any children and/or siblings while they are not in the classroom under direct instruction. For parents who do not wish to stay during class, please be aware that you are still responsible for timely drop-off and pick-up of your students.
When and how do I pay tuition fees?
Beginners classes $16 per class paid by term.
Adults / casual Classes are $20 per person (pay directly to Eleanor at the start of class)
**Our school endeavours to offer classes to all interested students. If finances are a constraint for your family, please contact me personally so that we may work out a payment plan that meets your/your family’s capabilities. No student will be turned away.
What should be in my dance bag?
A dance bag is a great thing to have for anyone taking regular classes. It keeps your belongings together during class and is an easy way to transport them. It should always contain your shoes, socks (and an extra pair), a water bottle, and any first aid that you may want on hand (bandaids etc.). It is strongly encouraged that students have a water bottle with them to hydrate during class.
Where do I go for feis (competition) information? When can I sign up?
A full list of all the regional competitions can be found at www.aidainc.com (A.I.D.A).
For more info on registration and competition interest, please talk to Eleanor to discuss expectations and the feis entry process.
Where can I find music to practice with at home?
A Google search of “Irish step dancing practice music” will direct you to many good artists with tracks you can download from Itunes.
Where can I purchase dance shoes:
Shamrock Irish Dance Accessories , Western Australia's leading vendor of Irish Dance accessories.