Weekly Class Overview: (For class descriptions scroll down)

Tuesday: 

4:30 - 6:00 - Cara Troupe and Soft Shoe Technique

6:00 - 7:00 - Intermediate Hard Shoe

Wednesday:

5:00 - 6:00  - Beginner Hard Shoe

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Thursday:

5:00 - 6:00 - Nog Troupe

6:00- 7:00 - Soft Shoe Technique

7:00 - 8:00 - Green Troupe

Friday:

4:30 - 5:30 - Intermediate Hard Shoe

5:30 - 6:30 - Rince Troupe

6:30 - 7:30 - Soft Shoe Technique

7:30 - 8:30 - Ceol Troupe

Saturday:

9:00 - 9:45 - Beginner Irish Dance - Age 4 and up

10:00 - 10:45 - Advanced Beginner Irish Dance - Age 8 and up

11:00 - 12noon - Teen and Young Adult Irish Dance

Sunday:

9:00 - 10:00 - Gold Troupe

10:00 - 11:00 - Intermediate Hard Shoe

11:00 - 12:00 - Claddagh Troupe

12:00 - 1:00 - Advanced Soft Shoe

1:00 - 3:00 - Triskele Troupe


 

TUESDAY CLASSES

4:30 - 6:00 P.M. - 'Cara Troupe' - is a combo class of soft shoe technique and troupe class. This class is for younger students who show extreme exemplary effort and participation in shows, practicing, attention in class, maturity, attendance, and ability. This troupe will perform in all shows throughout the year including the Christmas Spectacular, March Madness, and Summer Solstice.  - This troupe has a different costume than other troupes. Please see Erika if you have questions regarding the costume for CARA troupe. Fee: $175 for 8-week session.

6:00 - 7:00 P.M. - Intermediate Hard Shoe - 

This class is for dancers who have taken both the beginner and advanced beginner hard shoe classes and who have a very strong handle on the beginner hard shoe dances. Dancers coming into this class should be able to do all the basic moves like trebles, tips, rolls, and should be able to keep their heels off the ground. The focus of this class will be on faster-paced reels, learning the traditional Hard Shoe set dances, as well as new steps for Hornpipe, Treble Jig, and a few modern spins on Hard shoe dances. Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student.

 

 

WEDNESDAY CLASSES

5:00 - 6:00 P.M. - Beginner Hard Shoe - This class is for beginners in hard shoes. This class is a good fit for any dancer who has never learned Hard Shoe before or is still trying cement the basics of hard shoe. Hard Shoe are required to participate in this class.  You can check or used bin for a size that might fit you or order from www.rutherfordshoes.com. Tap shoes or knock of brand hard shoes are not allowed. Fee: $100 for 8-week session.

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY CLASSES

5:00-6:00 P.M. – TIR NA NOG 'Nog' TROUPE. This will be for Tir Na Nog's youngest performance troupe dancers.  They will meet once a week on Fridays for an hour and participate in different shows throughout the year at different nursing homes, schools, parades, the christmas spectacular, and more. They will learn basic choreography of group dances, basic handholds, and will be challenged to remember different routines throughout the year. Fee: $80 for 8-week session.

 

 

 

6:00-7:00P.M. - SOFT SHOE TECHNIQUEThis class teaches students Irish dance steps in soft shoe. The focus is on technique and proper positions of dancing, body and posture. This class also teaches many of the modern day Irish Dance jumps such as Birds, Axels, Hover springs and more, as well as traditional Ceili dances. The purpose of this class is to learn steps that fit to Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, and Hop Jig music and continue to learn more steps and intricate flourishes to soft shoe Irish Dance. Irish soft shoes (ghillies) are required for this class. Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student

 

 

 

 

 

7:00 - 8:00 P.M. TIR NA NOG GREEN TROUPE: Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Green Troupe shows strong understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and some of the basic figures of Irish Dance choreography. Any dancer who is a troupe member must also be taking one additional soft shoe class. Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student.


FRIDAY CLASSES

4:30 5:30 P.M– Beginner and Advanced Beginner Hard Shoe: This class is open to any student who has a solid foundation of soft shoe technique. They will be taught the beginning steps of hard shoe, basic rhythms, proper foot placement, keeping their heels off the floor, and much more! All dancers must have hard shoes to participate in the class. Tap shoes are not allowed. If you are waiting for shoes to come in please wear sneakers to class. This class can (and should!) be repeated as many times as necessary to master the foundations of basic Hard Shoe before moving on. Fee: $100 for 8-week session.

* When purchasing hard shoes please make sure they have a black bottom and square tip toe. Rutherford Shoes makes wonderful Irish Dance Soft and Hard shoes. You can purchase shoes via their website www.rutherfordshoes.com

 5:30 -6:30 P.M.  - TIR NA NOG 'RINCE' TROUPE. Pronounced 'Rink-A': Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Rince Troupe shows strong understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and has a decent handle on the basic figures of Irish Dance and choreography. Any dancer who is a troupe member must also be taking one additional soft shoe class. Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student.

6:30-7:30 P.M. –SOFT SHOE TECHNIQUEThis class teaches students Irish dance steps in soft shoe. The focus is on technique and proper positions of dancing, body and posture. This class also teaches many of the modern day Irish Dance jumps such as Birds, Axels, Hover springs and more, as well as traditional Ceili dances. The purpose of this class is to learn steps that fit to Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, and Hop Jig music and continue to learn more steps and intricate flourishes to soft shoe Irish Dance. Irish soft shoes (ghillies) are required for this class. Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student.

7:30-8:30 P.M. – TIR NA NOG CEOL TROUPE - Pronounced 'Key Ole'Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Ceol Troupe shows strong understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and many of the basic figures of Irish Dance choreography. At this level dancers should be very strong in upper body posture, working on always having their feet turned out, and they should be able to stay on high on their toes, with hands closed and arms straight at all times. Ceol troupe members should have phenomenal performance skills such as smiling throughout each dance routine and confidence in performing at many types of venues.  Any dancer who is a troupe member must also be taking one additional soft shoe class. Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student.


SATURDAY Irish step dance classes (NON-COMPETITIVE) 

SATURDAY CLASSES

9:00-9:45 A.M. – Beginner Irish Dance: This is a pure beginner class for children ages 5 to 10. They will learn the basics of irish dance, how to count the music, beginning foot placement, and beginner steps. Class limited to 15; minimum 7 students needed to hold class. No experience is expected for beginner level and no special shoes are required. We do ask children to wear soft-soled shoes (or just socks) and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Fee: $80.00 for 8-week session per student. Note: Very often, students at this age level will take this beginner class two, three or more times before being placed in a continuing beginner class as it is VERY important to really learn and be able to execute the basic steps of Irish dance before moving on and adding to them. 

10:00-10:50 A.M. – Continuing Beginner Irish Dance: This class is a continuing children's class ages 6-12, but can also be used as a beginner class for those students who have already had experience in dancing in other genres and want to try out Irish Dance. The class will focus on Irish Dance technique, solidifying foot placement, learning more intricate steps and understanding the 4 main types of Soft Shoe Irish Dance – Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, and Hop jig. Students in the class often repeat this class 2-3 times before moving up. Many dancers usually transition from this class into the performance troupe classes. Fee: $80.00 for 8-week session per student.

11:00 A.M.-Noon –  Teen and Young Adult Beginner Irish Dance: This class is for Adults and Teens who are looking to learn Irish Dance! This class will teach the basics of Irish Dance, foot placement, timing, rhythm, and steps that fit into the 4 main types of soft shoe Irish Dance – Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, and Hop Jig. The adult class is constantly changing and new choreography, steps, and music is always being added. If you can't make a commitment to the whole session please feel free to come to the classes that you can make! Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student (or $13.00 per class if dropping in).


SUNDAY CLASSES

8-week session

9:00 AM - TIR NA NOG GOLD TROUPE: Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Gold Troupe shows strong understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and some of the basic figures of Irish Dance choreography. At this level dancers should be strong in upper body posture, working on always having their feet turned out, and they should be able to stay on high on their toes and hands should be closed all the time. Gold troupe members should also have good performance skills such as smiling throughout each dance routine and confidence in performing at many types of venues. Any dancer who is a troupe member must also be taking one additional soft shoe class. Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student.

10:00 A.M. - Intermediate to Advanced Hard shoe. This class is for dancers who have taken both the beginner and advanced beginner hard shoe classes and who have a very strong handle on the beginner hard shoe dances. Dancers coming into this class should be able to do all the basic moves like trebles, tips, rolls, and should be able to keep their heels off the ground. The focus of this class will be on faster-paced reels, learning the traditional Hard Shoe set dances, as well as new steps for Hornpipe, Treble Jig, and a few modern spins on Hard shoe dances. Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student.

11:00 A.M - TIR NA NOG CLADDAGH TROUPE: Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Claddagh Troupe shows strong understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and many of the basic figures of Irish Dance choreography. At this level dancers should be very strong in upper body posture, working on always having their feet turned out, and they should be able to stay on high on their toes, with hands closed and arms straight at all times. Claddagh troupe members should also have phenomenal performance skills such as smiling throughout each dance routine and confidence in performing at many types of venues.  Any dancer who is a troupe member must also be taking one additional soft shoe class. Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student.

12:00 NOON - ADVANCED SOFT SHOE - Students taking this class should be able to learn new dances steps quickly, have a good handle on many of the current dance jumps and be able to hear a tune and know which type of dance it is. This class is a combination of members from Claddagh and Triskele troupes. Any member in those troupes must be in this soft shoe class. Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student.

1:00-3:00 P.M. –TIR NA NOG TRISKELE TROUPE: Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Triskele Troupe shows a very strong understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and many of the basic figures of Irish Dance choreography. Triskele troupe members should be executing each step with confidence, pointed toes, turned out feet, and hands ALWAYS closed. A stiff upper body with arms held closely to their torso as well as a smile at all times. Performing for a Triskele troupe dancer should flow easily from within. Any dancer who is a troupe member must also be taking one additional soft shoe class. Fee: $150.00 for 8-week session per student.