3 - 4
Saturdays 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Dancers in the Ireland program participate in classes once a week for 30 minutes. Students must be the age of 3 or 4 at the time of enrollment to participate in this program. Enrollment in the Ireland program is open in September and January each year.
The curriculum of this class focuses on creative movement, rhythm and counting and not on specific dances. Students begin to explore foundational irish dance movements, how to point their toes, jump and interact with a teacher in a fun and encouraging environment. Teaching makes use of games, songs, instruments and props. Students are taught to say hello, goodbye and thank you to their teacher each class to build confidence interacting with others. This program is meant to be non-competitive and fun, however if parents and students wish to take part in competition they may participate in a feis at the Tir Na Nog level. Students graduate to the Ulster program at the end of the term when they turn five.
Class attire includes a school or dance-themed shirt, black shorts or skort and white or black dance socks. Clean indoor running shoes may be worn for the first month of class, and students are encouraged to purchase black ballet shoes or irish dance soft shoes for girls or black jazz shoes for boys.
Registration fees cover a school T-shirt, and a stuffed animal who will ‘live’ at the studio.