Our classes are in the Carry Centre, Killiney.
We teach in Killiney every Thursday and Saturday. We make our classes as fun as possible, with an aim for instilling a love of Irish Dance in our students. We educate and train our students so that they will be able to participate in grade exams when they are ready. We have an end of year class showcase, at Christmas, so parents can see what they have been learning. And at the end of the school year, in June, we have a class feis (friendly competition) to give our students the opportunity to get up on stage and perform for family and friends.
We are located in The Carry Centre on Killiney Hill Road. Just up from Cuala GAA Hall on Hyde Park Road. We are around the corner from Glenageary and Killiney National School
Thursdays 4.30 ~ Beginners
Thursdays 5.15 ~ Intermediate
Thursdays 6.15 ~ Advanced
Saturdays 10.30 ~ Advanced
Our address is
The Carry Centre
102 Killiney Hill Road
Nearby National Schools
Glenageary and Killiney National School
Dalkey National School
Loreto Primary School
St. Patrick's National School, Harbour Road, Dalkey
Castle Park School
Harold's Boys School
Scoil Lorcáin, Blackrock
Many people developed new hobbies and interests during the lockdown period. As people stayed at home, some decided to pass their time doing their favourite hobbies. Dancing was one of the many activities that helped people get through the tough times. People of all ages turned to learning to dance online.
There is a big case for learning online as it helps students to think independently. But learning dance through online platforms has its pros and its cons. People interested in taking up online dance classes should consider all these points before signing up for online dance classes.
Benefits of learning to dance online
Some of the main pros of learning to dance online are:
Drawbacks of learning dance online
For all its benefits, there are some cons to learning to dance online. Some of them are:
Irish Dancing stems from a point in time where the Celts and the druids who wandered the island of Ireland, before the birth of Christianity and any outsider influences. The druids had many rituals involving the use of group dancing, predominantly in a circular fashion around scared trees. The Celts also had their own type of folk dancing, which used similar patterns of dance.
Of course, the dancing was accompanied by singing or music and took place mainly at religious ceremonies. One of the biggest held by Celtic communities was called the ‘Feis’ (which we still have today, but is usually more of a showcase of Irish dancing and music). Modern Irish dance competitions are also called feis or feiseanna.
In the 12th century, the Normans invaded and brought their own native dances and customs, which resulted in a change of the traditional circular formations to more line formations. It wasn't until the 18th century that Irish dancing became what it is today.
Today, Irish dancing is quite different to the dancing style of old, there are also many different types of Irish dances:
● The reel - it is a lively dance that involves jumping steps
● The jig - is a fast upbeat dance and is the most popular in Ireland. It can be a light or hard shoe dance
● The single jig - is similar to a regular jig, with slightly different rhythms
● The slip jig - is danced in a soft shoe and has graceful movements
● The hornpipe – has a slower tempo and danced with hard shoes
● All of these dances can be learned in our Irish dancing masterclass.
There are many other types of Irish dancing but what all these dances have in common are remnants in formations and patterns from the Celts, Druids and Normans.
You can’t talk about the history or Irish dancing and not talk about Riverdance. This amazing show brought the attention of Irish dance to a worldwide audience when it debuted at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. It was a 10 minute interval act that was choreographed and performed by Michael Flatley and Jean Butler and a large ensemble cast of Irish dancers. It was produced by John McColgan and Moya Doherty, and it was composed by Bill Wheelan. Because of this performance it was developed into a full length show and went on in the same year to perform at the Royal Variety Show. The audio was number one in the Irish charts for 18 consecutive weeks. And the show sold over 120,000 tickets in the first run of shows in Dublin.
Michael Flatley subsequently left Riverdance and created his own show called Lord of the Dance. This was also a huge success, selling to sold out arenas around the world and winning multiple awards.
These wonderful shows brought the history and legacy of Irish dancing from Ireland to the rest of the world. The creativity in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance made Irish dance what it is today.
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