We pride ourselves on offering some of the best Irish dance instruction in Atlantic Canada. Passionate about all things Irish dance, Rising Tide’s coaches tailor their teaching to each dancer through focused attention, specific feedback, and dance steps suited to each student’s style.
We know every dancer has the potential to be a champion. Our goal is to stretch each dancer to reach their full potential in a fun and motivating way that builds a love of Irish dance and our community. Dance classes focus on giving dancers a detailed, first-rate education in Irish dance, technique, fitness and training, mental resilience, music, and Irish culture.
On top of high-caliber coaching, dancers get the opportunity to perform, compete, travel, and build life-long friendships.
Rising Tide Irish Dance Academy Incorporated, and its teachers, are registered with An Coimisiún Le Rinci Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland.
Our dance studio
In January 2020 (our fifth anniversary), we opened the door to our brand new studio space. Rising Tide’s space is complete with a community room, locker room and top-quality dance studio. Our studio is 1,200+ square feet and features a sprung dance floor, non-slip marley surface and wall-to-wall mirrors, providing dancers the best, and safest, dance environment possible.
About Irish dance
As an art form and a sport, Irish dance offers something for everyone: an opportunity to be creative, physical exercise, individual and team activities, and opportunities to compete locally, nationally and internationally (if desired). Using both hard shoes (similar to tap shoes, but with fibre glass tips) and soft shoes (similar to Highland dance shoes or ballet slippers), Irish dance can be percussive and powerful, athletic and elegant.
Popularized by such shows as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, Irish dance was originally a social form of group dancing performed at weddings, fairs and holidays. It is rooted in the dances taught by traveling dance masters throughout Ireland in the 16th and 17th centuries. Famously, Irish dancers move only their legs, keeping their arms tightly by their sides – a tradition rumoured to have begun as a way for dancers to perform in crowded pubs without the risk of knocking over pints. Learn more about the early history of Irish Dance.
Today, Irish dance is taught and performed all over the world. Schools can be found across North & South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. In addition to learning a unique cultural art form and highly effective method of fitness, students also learn critical life skills including goal setting, team work, listening, giving and receiving feedback, sportsmanship and confidence.
Our governing body of Irish dance, CLRG, allows dancers to participate recreationally or competitively. Students interested in a competitive track have the opportunity to compete at local competitions (feiseanna), national feiseanna, such as the North American Championships, and international feiseanna including the World Championships. Visit CLRG to learn more.
At Rising Tide our highly qualified coaches have over forty combined years of experience dancing, competing, and teaching and a strong commitment to professional development. Our classes are designed to provide dancers a first-rate education in Irish dance supported by technique, fitness, music, mental resilience and Irish culture.
Rising Tide’s coaches and owners, Becky and Laura, are also supported by wonderful assistant coaches. Currently on staff are Emma Foran, Quinn MacDonald, Blaire McKenzie, Brooke McKenzie, Stephanie McEwan and Connor Russell. All dancers come to Rising Tide with valuable and diverse experiences teaching, competing, and performing, adding extra value to our dancers’ learning through their unique strengths and spirit.