Class descriptions

Class names correspond to competition levels.
In 2021-2022, we are using transition levels which will smooth the path from one level to the other.
  • Competitive dancers & dancers doing Grade Exams: It is highly recommended that competitive dancers attend classes at all levels in which they have dances in. Dancers are required to attend weekly classes regularly, as well as TCRG workshops organized by the dance school, in order to obtain a competition permit.
  • Non-competitive dancers are welcome for classes at all levels, and their transition from one level to another is guided by the development of the technique required in Irish dancing as well as the learning the choreographies in the right way. Competing in our dance school is completely voluntary.
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

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 in Irish dancing.

We will start dancing with hard shoes when the basics of soft shoe dancing begins to be in control.

 

The minimum age for classes is 6 years, but there is no upper age limit!

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.

Show, open level

Have you always admired the choreographies of Riverdance or Lord of the Dance? Have you always wanted to be able to improvise steps and develop your own choreographies for any genre of music?

 

This class is just for you!

 

Anyone who masters the basic technique of Irish dance is welcome to the open level show class. This lesson focuses only on choreographing and learning the performance steps and arranging possible performances.

During this class, all the dancers practise in one group, and therefore receive support from each other. This class has a very relaxed mood!

This lesson is recommended as an extra lesson for all of our students interested in performing.

 

NOTICE! The price for this class is determined by the number of participants each week.
The participants share the studio rent one week at a time (21,25 € / 75 min), which makes up the price for the term.

More information

Email us at inspiraljyvaskyla@gmail.com

We are very happy to help with class selections! If necessary, registration can be postponed to another class with the consent of your own teacher.

Please note that our teaching is constantly progressing. If you come in the middle of the season, it is recommended that you contact the lesson teacher before enrolling.