Class names correspond to competition levels from Primary level upwards. 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 Beginners

We will practice basic technique and the already learned Beginner dances, as well as learn the remaining Beginner dances. We’ll also start to learn the first of the traditional set dances, St. Patrick’s Day. Towards the end of the year, we will start to get familiar with the more complicated combinations, higher jumps, and more difficult rhythms required for Primary dances.

The class is suitable for dancers who are able to execute basic movements and at least some of the Beginner dances – typically after dancing for at least half a year.

 

Primary

We will recap and polish Beginner heavy shoe dances and learn and work on improving Primary dances. Besides basic technique, we’ll work to perfect the combinations, jumps, and rhythms required for the Primary dances. We’ll continue to learn traditional set dances, The Blackbird in particular.

The class is suitable for dancers who have good familiarity with basic movements and basic technique and know all Beginner dances – typically after dancing for at least 3 years.

 

Intermediate/Open

This is a joint class for two levels.  Depending on the dancer’s level, we’ll learn remaining Intermediate or Open dances, and work on 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 at least all the Intermediate  soft shoe dances – typically after dancing for at least 6 years.

 

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).