Class names correspond to competition levels. In 2019-2020, 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. 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 / Ongoing beginners

We 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. In addition to learning the steps, attention is paid to learning the correct technique and gaining control of the legs and feet. We work on for example turning out and crossing the legs, staying high on toes, and pointing 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.

You can start practising with hard shoes when the basics starts to feel under control. In autumn 2019 we have a separate hard shoe class for beginners.

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

Dancers usually have experience for less than 1 year.

 

Hard shoe technique, beginners – autumn 2019

In the beginners hard shoe class we start dancing with hard shoes at a peaceful pace. We learn about the different rhythms and pay attention to learning the right technique and gaining control of the legs and feet. We also work on turnout and staying high on toes.

This class is perfect for everyone regardless of level. Advanced dancers can take advantage of this class by practising the basic techniques. At the beginning of the classes, you can do well with socks / indoor shoes, but we recommend getting the hard shoes as soon as possible.
 
This class is intended as an extra class for all our students who attend at least one level class per week.
 

Advanced beginners / Primary

We practice basic technique and polish the beginner dances. We also work on beginner hard shoe dances (heavy jig & hornpipe). Later on 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. 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. This class suits also to primary / intermediate dancers who wish to learn and polish their own dances thoroughly or want to practice basic technique.
 

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. 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, the class requires the knowledge of the basics of Irish dance.
 

Dancer’s body conditioning

Body conditioning is a very important part of the everyday life of a dancer. In these classes we go through all the muscle groups, strengthening and stretching them, taking advantage of the weight of our own body. You can do the exercises according to your will and skill level and you can challenge yourself if you wish. Our goal is to achieve good muscle balance as well as a strong and relaxed body.

This class is suitable for everyone, we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and taking your own resistance band and indoor shoes to the class if possible.
 

Open practice to all (Sun)

Open practices provide all dancers registered to weekly classes an opportunity to a teached class / practice at their own pace 9 times during the season. 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.
 
This class is intended as an extra class for all our students who attend at least one level class per week.
 
 
More information

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.