FAQ

Here you will find a list of frequently asked questions about the 'The Three Crowns School of Irish Dancing 'as well as Irish dancing in general. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us!



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 begin 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.



 

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 trainers.
As dancers progress it is required that they purchase (“soft” Irish Dance shoes).
These can be purchased from Dance City -Roches street Limerick. 

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 Feis - 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?

For competitions, beginner and Primary  Tus 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 also be purchased used and then 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 participate  with the school at performances throughout the year. Beginner 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 eleanor@threecrownsirishdancing.com for information.



How many classes per week can I attend?

Beginner classes are currently offered 2 times a week.
3 - 4 times a week once dancers reach championship level.

For competition dancers - 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.

 



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.Clrg.ie
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:

Dance City - Dancewear Limerick City.