+ How old does my child need to be to start Irish dance classes?
Children can start as young as 3 years old in our Wee Ones class, specifically geared towards preschool aged dancers. For children aged 5 and up they start in our Beginner program where they learn much the same that the Wee Ones do, but at a quicker pace along with the basic steps and dances required for entering their first feis (competition).
+ Do you offer Irish Dance for Adults?
Yes! We offer classes for adults 18 years old and up with little to no dance experience. If you’ve danced before we have a class for you too! Please check out our class descriptions page for more info.
+ Where and when can I register?
Our dance classes run all year round with additional summer classes and camps available throughout the year. Registration for the 2017-2018 dance year is now available. Please contact us to register!
+ Can my child try out a class before registering?
Yes! Take a tour of our studio, meet members of our teaching staff and try out a class in-progress. This is a great way to learn a little more about our program and get a feel for the community. Click here to schedule your free trial class!
+ What is the class schedule?
+ What does my child need to wear and bring to class?
For your first class, wear comfortable clothes and shoes that are easy to move around in with hair pulled back neatly from the face. Please bring a water bottle and notebook. Once registered, Shannon dancers are required to wear a SIDAGEAR shirt in any style, black shorts, and poodle socks or black socks for boys. Irish soft shoes are encouraged in the Wee Ones class, but not required. Beginner Grade dancers should purchase a pair of Irish soft shoes second hand or from our Irish dance supplier at Rutherford Shoes and Accessories. We will let you know when your child requires hard shoes, which are also available new or second hand.
+ How much is tuition?
We have an annual family registration fee of $50. For tuition pricing, please contact us.
+ What is a FEIS?
A feis (pronounced fesh) or feiseanna (plural), is an Irish term meaning traditional Gaelic arts & culture festival and is commonly used for referring to Irish dance competitions. Though many feiseanna include language, writing, music and soda bread competitions, the focus is on Irish dancing.
+ Will my child compete?
Shannon is a unique and modern Irish dance school that strives to offer the perfect balance of performance and competition. Feiseanna are a huge part of the complete Irish dance experience, history, and culture. Competition can provide an excellent way for dancers to gauge their improvement, boost their confidence, learn the value of hard work, meet dancers from fellow schools, and TRAVEL! Once we feel a dancer is ready for their first feis we will inform you.
+ Will my child be able to perform?
Yes! Even within the first year of dance, all dancers will have the opportunity to take part in our original production of An Irish Nutcracker held each year in December. They will also get the option to perform at various events with our performance company. Performing is an excellent way for children to gain confidence on the stage, tap into their creative side, and have fun!
+ Can I observe classes?
We do not allow parents in the dance room because we find that it distracts the dancers from the task at hand. Dancers are more focused on the teacher and will perform better with fewer people in the room. Dance is also about learning independence. You will see your dancer grow so much in confidence from their dance classes. Parents will get opportunities throughout the year to see their dancer perform at recitals, feiseanna, and other dance events. Exceptions will be made for families attending their first lesson. We thank you for your understanding!