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2016-2017 Class Schedule

2016/2017 Class Schedule *Please note: Class schedule is subject to change. Any class with less than 5 students in attendance may be cancelled at teacher's discretion. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to determine which class to attend.

TUESDAYS:

5:30-6:45PM Intermediate Irish

6:45-8:00pm Intermediate Adult    

8:00-9:15pm Advanced Irish (teen and adult)    

 

WEDNESDAYS:

5:00pm Little Steppers Pre-K Irish Dance

5:30-6:15pm Beginner Irish  (ages 5-8)

6:15-7:15pm Private Lessons

7:15-8:15pm Adult Beginner 

 

THURSDAYS:

5:30-6:15pm Advanced Beginner I 

6:15-7:15pm Advanced Beginner II

7:15-8:30 Intermediate Irish

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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Beginner: 45 minute class
Dancers learn the basic moves of Irish dance in a fun, and exciting way.  This introductory course will feature both traditional soft shoe steps and choreographed performance routines. Dancers will learn proper technique and posture while developing their coordination, rhythm and timing.

Advanced Beginner: 45 minute or 1 hour class.
 This course is for dancers who have mastered the beginner steps, and are beginning to work on more intricate steps. This course will include both soft shoe and hard shoe dancing. 

Intermediate & Advanced classes: 75 minute class.
These classes are designed for dancers that have mastered the essential elements of Irish dance, and are prepared to regularly work on their technique. Dancers in these classes are expected to practice on their own outside of class so that class time can be used efficiently. Soft shoes and hard shoes will be used.  

Little Steppers: (Ages 3-Young 5s): 30 minute class.
This one-of-a-kind program is specially designed for preschool age children. Classes include basic Irish dance moves, singing and games, and the dancers will even learn to count in Irish. Benefits include the development of coordination, balance, musicality and listening skills. Irish soft shoes are not required for this class. Black ballet slippers may be worn by girls, and black split-soled jazz shoes may be worn by boys. 

 Advanced Adult: 75 minute class.
Open Prizewinner/Preliminary Championship steps are taught at this level. Dancers at this level are expected to practice regularly outside of class. Our advanced adult classes are both fun and high energy. We work on hard shoe and soft shoe steps, and dance choreography pieces.

Adult Beginner: 1 hour class.
No prior dance experience necessary! This class is perfect for adults and older teens who are interested in Irish dance. The class covers the basic moves and proper technique of Irish dance. Once dancers are proficient in soft shoe steps, hard shoes may be introduced to this course per teacher discretion. 

Drill Classes:
Drill classes are dance classes where dancers perform drills/repetitive movements to help with the many important elements of Irish dance (for example: turnout, crossing, jumps, trebles, clicks, sharpness, extension). These classes are a great way to get into peak physical condition and to perfect the intricate moves that make Irish dance so exciting.

Ceili Classes:
Ceili Dancing is a form of social dancing in Ireland. Dances are performed with the basic moves of Irish dance known as threes and sevens. Traditional dances such as Walls of Limerick, The Bonfire Dance, Waves of Tory, and Haymakers Jig are some examples of ceili dances. In this class, we will be going over some of the more advanced and exciting ceilis that are not usually danced at social Ceili dances, but are instead commonly performed in major Irish dance competitions such as the Four Hand Reel, the Three Tunes, the Gates of Derry and more. Ceili dances are a wonderful way for a dancer to learn new and exciting choreography, learn to work on a team, and to also get in touch with ancient traditions of Irish dance. 

Private Lessons:
Private lessons are available for dancers interested in improving their skills through one-on-one instruction. Contact Meghan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 517-525-6970 to learn more. Private Lessons can be scheduled in the following styles of dance: Irish, Clogging, French-Canadian Step-Dancing, and Ottawa-Valley Step-Dancing. Private lessons are sometimes recommended for students who need extra work to be able to achieve a certain step or skill, or to break down the critical aspects of certain drills and skills. Priority for private lessons is given to those dancers who practice independently and will therefore be able to maximize the productivity of their private lesson time. Time and studio space are limited; partnering with another dancer for a semi-private lesson is encouraged, when appropriate.