Course Dates and Venues

Irish Dancing

Mondays — The Art & Business Campus Drumcondra
07 August
 21 August 2017

6.00–7.00 PM — Advanced
7.00–8.00 PM — Improver
8.00–9.00 PM — Beginner 

Sean-Nós Dancing

Tuesdays — The Cobblestone Pub, Smithfield
08 August – 22 August

5.45–6.45 PM — Beginner
6.45–7.45 PM — Improver 
7.30–8.30 PM — Advanced

Please note that Improver & Advanced Sean-Nós classes are combined 7.30–7.45 PM

Course Fees

Irish Dancing Classes:          
€32 / 3 weeks (students €30); single class €14 (students €12)

Sean-Nós Dancing Classes:  
€27 / 3 weeks (students €25); single class €10 (students €8) 

Please note that class sizes are limited and pre-booking is essential.

Refunds cannot be given except in cases of serious illness or injury. Teacher must be notified on or before the first week of classes in order for refunds to be considered. 

Shoes

It is not necessary to buy shoes straightaway; however, having the correct form of footwear is always beneficial in dancing classes.

Irish Dancing

For Irish dancing, we use both light shoes (also called poms or ghillies) and heavy/hard shoes.

For Beginners, jazz/ballet shoes or runners (athletic shoes) may be worn. 

For Improvers / Intermediate/Advanced, dancers should have both light and heavy shoes.

Shoes can be purchased at Talbot Irish Dance Centre (63 Talbot St, Dublin 1), Fays Dance Shoes (Upper Dorset St, Dublin 1), or Dance World (various locations).

Sean-Nós Dancing

For sean-nós dancing, any shoe with a hard sole and low heel will do.

Some dancers prefer to wear set dancing shoes (hard leather soles) or tap shoes (steel pieces on the heels and toes). It's also possible to attach taps to a pair of shoes that you may already own.

Please do not wear runners, high heels, flats, or Irish dancing shoes (hard shoes), as these are unsuitable for sean-nós dancing. 

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Class Levels

Levels for Irish Dancing

Beginner

This class is for people who are new to Irish dancing, or who may have some experience in Irish dancing, but may not remember their steps. We will focus mostly on light shoe dancing in this class, but we will also be learning some basic heavy shoe technique as well.

Improver

This class is for people who have learned and possibly competed in Irish dancing and would remember steps/technique, but who would not have as much experience in heavy shoes. This class would be suitable for people who would have danced at Bun or Tus Grad (Advanced Beginner / Novice)  in the past.

Advanced

This class is for dancers who have competed and performed extensively in both light and heavy shoes, and would be quick at picking up new steps and complex rhythms. This class would be suitable for dancers who have competed at Ard Grad / Championship level in the past, or have experience in dance performance.

 

Levels for Sean-Nós Dancing

Beginner 

This class is for people who have never done sean-nós dancing before, or for people with less than 6 months' experience of weekly sean-nós dancing lessons.

Improver 

This class is for people who have had at least 6 months of weekly sean-nós dancing lessons, or who have some experience in Irish (heavy shoe) dancing, tap, or clogging. 

Advanced

This class is for people who have had at least 12 months of weekly sean-nós dancing lessons, or who have significant experience in other forms of percussive dancing. Advanced dancers should be comfortable with more complicated rhythms, improvisation, and dancing solo.