Class descriptions

Class names correspond to competition levels.
In 2020-2021, we use transition levels which will smooth the path from one level to the other.
  • It is highly recommended that competing dancers attend classes at all levels in which they have dances in.
  • Non-competing dancers are welcome to all classes, and they move from one level to the next when their technique develops and they learn the dances.

The following guidelines can be used to help find the right class(es), but don’t hesitate to ask guidance from your teacher if needed.
 

Beginners, children and adults
(Only by separate courses in autumn 2020)

We go through the basics of Irish dance and learn beginner dances, which include the soft shoe dances reel, slip jig, single jig and light jig.
In addition to learning the steps, attention is paid to learning the correct technique and gaining control of the feet. Overall carriage is also worked on from the very beginning with the aim of developing the still upper body which is characteristic of Irish dance.

We also get to know céilí dances and practice dancing in group. Strength and stamina exercises are also part of the classes.
 

Advanced beginners / Primary

We practice basic technique and polish the beginner dances. We also work on our hard shoe dancing. We start to learn and work on primary soft shoe dances, which include more complicated combinations, higher jumps and more difficult rhythms than the beginner dances. We also get to know céilí dances and practice dancing in group.
Strength and stamina exercises are also part of the classes.

This class is suitable for dancers who are able to execute basic movements and know most of the beginner soft shoe dances – typically after dancing for at least 1 year.
 

Primary / Intermediate

We work on primary / intermediate dances, based on the dancers’ experience and skills. Dances at this level include fast footwork, high jumps, and complicated rhythms, so the classes focus on learning the movements and techniques they require.

We also get to know céilí dances and practice dancing in group. Strength and stamina exercises are also part of the classes.

Primary class is suitable for dancers who have good basic technique and know some of the primary level steps.

Intermediate class is suitable for dancers with strong basic technique, the ability to learn combinations quickly, and knowledge of some of the intermediate level steps.
 
In these levels dancers should have several years of experience in Irish dance.
 

Technique, all levels

Open level technique class is welcoming all levels of dancers from beginners to open. In this class we focus only on the technique of Irish dance, both soft and hard shoes, to various jumps, moving elements and smaller technical things.
In this class all the dancers practice in one group and thus receive support from each other. You can either follow the lesson or practice by yourself.
 
We recommend this class as an extra class for all our weekly students.
 
 

More information

Email us at inspiraljyvaskyla@gmail.com

  • We are happy to help you to choose the classes best suited for you via email and during the first classes of the term. If necessary, registrations can be transferred to another class with your teacher’s permission.
  • Please note that the classes advance throughout the school year, so if you are joining later in the year, it is recommended to get in touch with our teachers before registering.