Female and male teenage dancers holding trophies and certificates

Dance classes for competitive dancers in Preliminary and Open Championships. Dance classes focus 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.

Schedule 2024/2025

Championship

  • Mondays 7–9pm, Studio 1
  • Thursdays 7–9:30pm, Studio 1
  • Saturdays 1–3:30pm, Studio 1
  • Sundays 9–11am, Studio 1

Dancers at this level should be attending at least three dance classes per week. Dancers can register for two, three or all four classes in a week. Discounts are available for taking multiple classes. Dancers taking only one class per week must pay the drop-in fee.

There are two, mandatory dancing workshops with our Irish coach that championship must also attend, one in summer/fall and one in spring.

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
  • Sneakers (sneakers and socks should already be on before class time begins)
  • Irish dance soft shoes (girls)/boys reel shoes (boys) and hard shoes
  • Electrical tape if desired
Competitions, exams and performances

Dancers in Championship are expected to participate in local feiseanna (Irish dance competitions). These are generally held in February (school feis), April (ACIDC), August (Feis Nova Scotia) and October (East Coast Feis). Dancers are also expected to participate in feiseanna in other cities. Championship dancers are expected to participate in regional oireachtas and, where qualified, in the North American Irish Dance Championships and World Irish Dance Championships, and are welcome to attend overseas majors as desired.

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

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