We pride ourselves on offering some of the best Irish dance classes in Atlantic Canada in a top dance studio facility. We are passionate about all things Irish dance. Dance classes are tailored to each dancer through focused attention, specific feedback, and dance steps suited to each dancer’s style.
Our coaches know every Irish dancer has the potential to be a champion. Our goal is to stretch each dancer to reach their full potential. We do this in a fun and motivating way that builds a love of Irish dance and our community. Our 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, our dancers get the opportunity to perform, compete, travel, and build life-long friendships. Dance classes are available for toddlers, beginner kids, beginner adults and experienced Irish dancers of all ages.
Rising Tide Irish Dance Academy also maintains special remote teaching status with the Mount Pearl School of Dance in Newfoundland.
We are registered with An Coimisiún Le Rinci Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland, the largest Irish dance governing body globally.
Our dance studio
Our dance studio is complete with a community room, locker room and top-quality dance studio. The studio is 1,200+ square feet and includes a sprung dance floor, non-slip marley surface and wall-to-wall mirrors. Our facility provides dancers the best, and safest, dance environment possible during classes.
Our studio is available to rent. For more information, please email us.
About Irish dance
As an art form and a sport, Irish dance offers something for everyone. It’s an opportunity to be creative, physical exercise, individual and team activities, and opportunities to compete locally, nationally and internationally. We use hard shoes (similar to tap shoes, but with fibre glass tips) and soft shoes (similar to Highland dance shoes or ballet slippers). In this way, Irish dance can be percussive and powerful, athletic and elegant.
Irish dance was popularized by such shows as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. But originally it was a social form of group dancing performed at weddings, fairs and holidays. It’s 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. This is a tradition rumoured to have begun as a way for dancers to perform in crowded pubs without the risk of knocking over pints.
Today, Irish dance is taught and performed all over the world. Irish dance classes and 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, our dancers 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. This allows dancers interested in a competitive track the opportunity to compete. Dancers can 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.
Our dance coaches
Our highly qualified Irish dance coaches have years of experience dancing, competing, and teaching. We have a strong commitment to professional development and always want to do the best for our dancers. Our dance classes are designed to provide dancers a first-rate education in Irish dance supported by technique, fitness, music, mental resilience and Irish culture.
Our coaches and owners, Becky and Laura, are also supported by wonderful assistant dance coaches. Currently on staff are Abigail Beamish, Emma Foran, Quinn MacDonald, Brooke McKenzie, Stephanie McEwan, Connor Russell and choreographer, Blaire McKenzie. All dance coaches come to Rising Tide with valuable and diverse experiences, adding extra value to our dancers’ learning through their unique strengths and spirit. Our dance coaching staff is supported by substitute coaches and student coaches. Additionally, Rising Tide’s office and customer service experience is supported by Katie Doiron.