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. 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.
 

Céilí dances

Céilís are traditional Irish group dances danced in soft shoes. The steps are very simple, but they apply to movement.
Good teamwork is important when dancing céilís, so this class is a lot of fun together!

Céilís can be danced in groups of 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 or 16 people.
The class is suitable for dancers of all levels, from beginners to advanced, everyone can dance these!

Watch from this link what Humours of Bandon -céilí looks like and come dance with us!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV1IcDSBYQY
 

New 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 of Irish dance.
 

Hard shoe technique – beginners

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 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 practicing the basic techniques.
At the beginning of the classes, you can dance only with socks / indoor shoes, but it is highly recommended that you get the hard shoes as soon as possible.
 

Advanced beginners

We will practice basic technique and the already learned Beginner dances, as well as learn the remaining Beginner dances. 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.
 
We also start dancing with hard shoes at a peaceful pace.
In this class you’ll also learn céilí dances and practice dancing in group.
 
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 6 months.
 

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.

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. 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.
 
 

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.