Three young dancers reading a note card holding stuffed animals

A fun and energetic introduction to Irish dance for children four to seven years. Dancers learn the basics of technique, musicality and skills of Irish dance in a dynamic and engaging studio. Using the technique and skills learned, dancers will also practice introductory steps for soft shoe dances which may include reel, light jig and slip jig as well as introductory ceili dancing.

Schedule 2024/2025

Beginner

  • Tuesdays 5:15–6pm, Studio 1
  • Saturdays 10–11am, Studio 2
  • Sundays 1:30–2:30pm, Studio 2
Dress code and equipment

Dance class dress code:

  • Poodle socks for girls (can be purchased through Rising Tide), dark socks for boys
  • Long hair all the way back in ponytail, bun or braid
  • Clothes appropriate and specific for exercise and recreation
    • OK: Tshirt or tank top with minimal design (eg. Rising Tide school shirts)
    • OK: Shorts, skorts or leggings that are made for exercise
      • Note: leggings must be very fitted, particularly at the knee
    • Not OK: Dresses, jeans, cargo shorts, long sleeve shirts, sweaters, non-athletic clothing

Dance class equipment list:

  • Full water bottle
  • Small notebook and pen/pencil
  • Irish dance soft shoes (girls)/boys reel shoes (boys) OR black, cloth dance slippers 
    • Shoes and socks should already be on before class time begins.
Competitions, exams and performances

Dancers in Beginner are encouraged to participate in local feiseanna (Irish dance competitions) in the Beginner category. These are generally held in February (school feis), April (ACIDC), August (Feis Nova Scotia) and October (East Coast Feis)

Dancers in Beginner are expected to perform in the end of year recital in June and may be called upon for additional performances throughout the dance year. Beginners are also encouraged to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade each March.

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