Try Irish dance!

At Rising Tide, we have something for everyone. With two dance programmes, Children’s & Competitive and Adults, we have Irish dance classes for all ages and abilities.

Review the class descriptions below to find the one for you. New students are welcome at any time, capacity permitted.

Hear what others have to say in the testimonials below.

Children's & Competitive Programme

BEGINNER

A fun and energetic introduction to Irish dance for children 4 and up. Dancers will learn the basics of technique, musicality and skills of Irish dance in a dynamic and engaging classroom. Using the technique and skills learned, dancers will also practice introductory steps for soft shoe dances which include reel, light jig, single jig and slip jig.

Schedule
September – June:
Saturdays, 2-2:45 pm, Halifax Dance
July:
TBC

ADVANCED BEGINNER

A fun and energetic introduction to Irish dance for children who have already taken some Irish dancing. Dancers will build on the basics of technique, musicality and skills of Irish dance learned in the Beginner level in a dynamic and engaging classroom. Using the technique and skills learned, dancers will also practice steps for the reel, light jig, single jig and slip jig. Dancers will also practice introductory steps in team dances as well as hard shoe dances. Perfect for dancers with 1+ years Irish dance experience who are keen to grow and develop as dancers.

Schedule
September – June:
Saturdays, 2:45-3:45pm, Halifax Dance
July – August:
TBC

INTERMEDIATE

A class for competitive dancers in Novice and Open Prizewinner. Class is focused on perfecting Irish dance technique and developing advanced dance skills, as well as preparing for feiseanna. Dancers work closely with coaches to set realistic, but challenging goals to grow as dancers and achieve their full potential. In addition to solo dances, team dancing becomes an important aspect for dancers at this level.

Schedule
September – June:
Saturdays, 3:45-5 pm, Halifax Dance and
Thursdays, 6:15-7:45 pm, Maritime Dance Academy Bedford
July – August:
TBC

COMPETITIVE

A class for competitive dancers in Open Prizewinner, Preliminary and Open Championships. Class is focused on developing advanced dance skills and preparing for feiseanna (including local competitions, as well as regional, national and World Championships). Dancers work closely with coaches to set realistic, but challenging goals to grow as dancers and achieve their full potential. One class per week is reserved for Preliminary and Open Championship dancers only.

Schedule
September – June:
Saturdays, 5-6:30 pm, Halifax Dance and
Mondays, 7:30-9:30 pm, Maritime Dance Academy Bedford and
Thursdays, 745-9:30 pm, Maritime Dance Academy Bedford
July – August:
TBC

Adult Programme

ADULT BEGINNER

A high energy class for adults with minimal or no experience in Irish dance. This class focuses on fitness and fun. Dancers will learn the basics of technique, musicality & skills for Irish dance. Using the technique and skills learned, dancers will practice introductory soft shoe steps and ceili (team) dances.

Schedule
September – May:
Tuesdays, 7:15-815 pm, Halifax Dance
June – August:
TBC

ADULT ADVANCED

The perfect class for experienced, non-competitive Irish dancers. This class is focused on practicing Irish dance skills and technique, learning and perfecting new skills and steps, performance numbers and ceili (team) dances.

Schedule
September – May:
Tuesdays, 8:15-9:30 pm, Halifax Dance
June – August:
TBC

Testimonials

  • "I can’t say enough positive things about Rising Tide Irish Dance Academy! We registered our daughter a couple of years ago in hopes of finding a new and exciting style of dance and we truly got that and so much more. We thought we were just signing her up for Irish Dance, we didn’t know she would also be brought into such a fun culture and community! Our daughter loves dancing at Rising Tide and her self confidence has grown so much. Becky and Laura are so knowledgeable and truly fabulous with the kids. They teach with such enthusiasm and passion that it can’t be helped that they pass it on to their students. The kids work hard but they have so much fun at the same time. We are so happy we chose Rising Tide and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you Becky and Laura for your undeniable passion and dedication!"

    Heather Chartres Mother
  • "My sister and I have been dancing at Rising Tide since December 2014 and we both love it! Becky and Laura are so dedicated and knowledgeable. They truly care about each individual dancer and take time to tailor specific steps and training programs for everyone's strengths and weaknesses. They know all of the latest dancing trends and give us all the tools to reach our full potential! Even though we work hard, they always make sure class is fun! They are great teachers and are doing an awesome job with their school!"

    Brooke McKenzie Dancer
  • "My daughter is a student at Rising Tide and I can honestly say we couldn’t have chosen a better school. Becky and Laura are absolutely amazing with the kids. They give so much of themselves and far exceed any expectations I have. If you or someone you know is looking to start Irish dancing this school should definitely be your first choice."

    Jackie Denton Mother
  • "I love that Rising Tide offers a recreational class for adults where you can dance for the fun and fitness of it. I really enjoy the Adult Advanced Class. Becky and Laura keep it fun and challenging with a variety of steps every class. As coaches they are adaptable and encouraging to get your best dancing out of you."

    Emily Secord Dancer
  • "I have my two daughters at Rising tide and they both love the school. Becky and Laura are great, enthusiastic and dedicated teachers that are always encouraging and supporting the kids as they learn. It really makes you feel part of a fun and supportive family. We are proud of being part of it!"

    Elizandra Torres Mother
  • "Fabulous school with incredibly dedicated teachers. Positive, motivational instruction, great choreography tailored to dancer's strengths. Super fun beginner classes for all ages. Goal-oriented advanced classes pushing limits, and helping dancers to reach their full potential."

    Meggie Reardon Dancer
  • "Extremely supportive and knowledgeable teachers, best Irish dance school in Nova Scotia! Incredible community environment, wonderful place for learning and growing as a dancer."
    Kestrel Musselman Dancer
  • "I first chose Rising Tide for my daughter to learn Irish dance. Becky and Laura are so great with the kids, they learn a lot but also have so much fun. I was really impressed at how they prepared the girls for their first competition, all of them looked relaxed, happy and ready to dance. Wonderful to see. I am also a Rising Tide student in the adult beginner class, the only one in Halifax. I first joined because the class happened to be at a convenient time, but now I'm hooked and am going to continue. There is a real need for Irish dance for all ages, both recreational and competitive, and these young women are getting it right!"

    Lisa O'Driscoll Mother and dancer
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