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Adult Beginner/Intermediate
High energy dance classes in Halifax for adults with some or no Irish dance experience. This class focuses on fitness and fun. Dancers will learn the basics of technique, musicality and skills for Irish dance. Using the technique and skills learned, dancers will practice introductory soft shoe steps and ceili (team) dances primarily and hard shoe dances secondarily.

Adult Advanced
The perfect dance classes in Halifax for experienced, non-competitive, adult Irish dancers. Although dancers don’t need to have been previously competitive, advanced skill in hard shoe and soft shoe is required. This dance class is focused on practicing Irish dance skills and technique, learning and perfecting new skills and steps, performance numbers and ceili (team) dances. This dance class is recreational while still working on advanced skills and choreography.

Schedule 2024/2025
  • Adult Beginner
    • Tuesdays 6–7:30pm, Studio 1
    • Thursdays 7–8pm, Studio 2
  • Adult Advanced
    • Tuesdays 7:30–9:30pm, Studio 1
    • Thursdays 8–9:30pm, Studio 2
  • Adult combined
    • Saturdays 9:30–11am, Studio 1

Dancers can register for one, two or all three classes in a week. Discounts are available for taking multiple classes.

Competitions, exams and performances

Dancers in Adult classes are welcome to participate in feiseanna and grade exams as desired. Dancers are encouraged to participate in local feiseanna. These are generally held in February (school feis), April (ACIDC), August (Feis Nova Scotia) and October (East Coast Feis).

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

Dress code and equipment

Dance class dress code:

  • If desired, poodle socks for women (can be purchased through Rising Tide), dark socks for men
  • 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
    • 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 if desired
  • Irish dance soft shoes (women)/boys reel shoes (men) and hard shoes OR black, cloth dance slippers for those in Beginner/Intermediate. Those dancers may also wear sneakers or go barefoot as desired.
  • Sneakers or soft shoes and socks should already be on before class time begins
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