Class names correspond to competition levels.  In 2018-19, we use transition levels which smooth the path from one level to the other. It is recommended that competing dancers attend classes at all levels where they have dances. Non-competing dancers are welcome to all classes, and for them, moving from one level to the next is guided by development of technique and learning of the dances. The following guidelines can be used to help find the right class(es).

 

New Beginners

We will go through the basics of Irish dance and learn Beginner dances, which include the soft shoe dances reel, light jig, single jig, and slip jig, and the heavy shoe dances heavy jig and hornpipe.  In addition to learning the steps, attention is paid on learning the correct technique  and gaining control of legs and feet. We’ll work on, e.g., turning out and crossing the legs, staying high on the toes, and pointing the feet. Overall carriage is also worked on from the beginning with the aim of developing the still upper body which is characteristic of Irish dance.

The class is suitable for new beginners as well as dancers with some experience in Irish dance who wish to learn at a slower pace.

 

Children

The class is aimed at children aged 6-11 years with no significant experience in Irish dance. We will go through the basics of Irish dance through play and learn Beginner dances. For children outside the age range, or who have done Irish dance before, please contact us to find the most suitable class: inspiralhelsinki@gmail.com

 

Advanced Beginner / Primary

We will practice basic technique and Beginner dances. We will learn and work on improving Primary dances, which include more complicated combinations, higher jumps, and more difficult rhythms than the Beginner dances. We’ll also start to learn traditional set dances, such as St. Patrick’s Day and the Blackbird.

The class is suitable for dancers who are able to execute basic movements and know most of the Beginner dances – typically after dancing for at least 1 year. The class suits also Primary dancers who wish to learn and polish their Primary dances thoroughly.

 

Primary / Intermediate

We will work on improving Primary dances, and also start to learn and polish Intermediate-dances. Dances at this level include fast footwork, high jumps, and complicated rhythms, so classes focus on learning the movements and techniques they require.  which include more complicated combinations, higher jumps, and more difficult rhythms than the Beginner dances. We’ll also learn some of the more challenging traditional set dances.

The class is suitable for dancers who have good basic technique and know all Primary dances – typically after dancing for at least 4 years.

 

Intermediate/Open

We will polish Intermediate dances and start to work on Open dances and the movements and techniques they require.  Dances at this level include fast footwork, high jumps, and complicated rhythms. We’ll also work on the strength and stamina that are needed to create an illusion of lightness and effortlessness.

The class is suitable for dancers with strong basic technique, the ability to learn combinations quickly, and knowledge of all Intermediate  or Open dances – typically after dancing for at least 7 years.

 

Ceili & Mini teams (no classes in autumn 2018)

We will learn ceili dances , which are traditional group dances, and slightly more modern 2- and 3-hand dances. We’ll also practice the technique required by these dances, including the use of hands. The class is suitable for dancers who are familiar with basic movements.

 

More information

inspiralhelsinki@gmail.com

We are happy to help you to choose a class best suited for you by email and during the first classes of the term. If necessary, registrations can be transferred to another class (with teacher’s permission).