Classes are open to adults of all ages and skill levels. Classes will focus on technique training, as well as learning new steps and choreography. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and all students are encouraged to take part.
2018 Course Dates and Venues
Mondays — The Art & Business Campus Drumcondra
9 April – 28 May 2018 (7 weeks, no class 7/5)
8.00–9.00 PM — Improver
Advanced - please contact Mary Beth for details
Thursdays — The Art & Business Campus Drumcondra
12 April – 31 May 2018 (8 weeks)
8.00–9.00 PM — Beginner
Tuesdays — The Cobblestone Pub, Smithfield
10 April – 29 May 2018 (6 weeks, no classes 1/5 & 8/5)
5.45–6.45 PM — Beginner 6.45–7.45 PM — Improver
7.15–8.15 PM — Advanced
(please note, Improvers and Advanced classes will be combined 7.15 - 7.45 PM)
Irish Dancing Classes:
€85 / 8 weeks (students €80); single class €14 (space permitting)
€75 / 7 weeks (students €70); single class €14 (space permitting)
Sean-Nós Dancing Classes:
€55 / 6 weeks (students €50); single class €10 (space permitting)
Please note that class sizes are limited and pre-booking is essential.
Refunds or credits for future classes 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 or credits to be considered.
It is not necessary to buy shoes straightaway; however, having the correct form of footwear is always beneficial in dancing classes.
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).
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.
Levels for Irish Dancing
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.