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Irish dance classes for children with a few years of Irish dance experience. The Intermediate dance class combines fun with challenge. Dancers in this class should already know their core soft shoe dances and in some cases, understand basic hard shoe technique. Dancers will continue to develop their skills in technique, musicality and Irish dance movements learned in their first few years of dancing with a focus on execution. Dancers in this class will continue/begin to learn hard shoe dances and more advanced soft shoe material.

Schedule 2024/2025
  • Intermediate 1
    • Mondays 7:30–8:30pm, Studio 2
    • Wednesdays 6:30–7:30pm, Studio 2
  • Intermediate 2
    • Tuesdays 5:30–6:30pm, Studio 2
    • Wednesdays 6:30–7:30pm, Studio 1
  • Intermediate combined
    • Saturdays 12:15–1:45pm, Studio 2
    • Sundays, 12–1:30pm, Studio 1

Dancers at this level should be attending at least two 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 is a mandatory dancing workshops with our Irish coach that Intermediate dancers must also attend 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
  • Irish dance soft shoes (girls)/boys reel shoes (boys) and hard shoes
    • Shoes and socks should already be on before class time begins.
Competitions, exams and performances

Dancers in Intermediate 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 encouraged to start exploring feiseanna in other cities and participation in the oireachtas premiere competition is encouraged. Intermediate dancers are welcome to participate in grade exams.

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

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