Class descriptions - Helsinki

Class names correspond to competition levels from Primary level upwards.
The following guidelines can be used to help find the right class(es).
  • Competitive dancers & dancers taking Grade Exams: It is highly recommended that dancers attend classes at all levels where they have dances at. 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-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. 

 

Competing in our dance school is completely voluntary.

New Beginners / Beginners 1

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.

Beginners 2

We will practice basic technique and the already learned Beginner level dances, as well as learn the remaining Beginner level dances in soft shoes.
We will also continue to learn the Beginners’ heavy jig and start learning our first Traditional Set Dance, St. Patrick’s Day.

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

Primary

We will recap and polish Primary level dances in soft shoes (reel, slip jig) and in hard shoes (heavy jig, hornpipe). Those dancers who have not learned all the Beginner hard shoe dances (e.g. Beginner hornpipe) have a chance to learn them.
Besides basic technique, we’ll work to perfect the combinations, jumps, and rhythms required for the Primary level 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 several Beginner level dances in soft shoes and preferably at least one dance in hard shoes – typically after dancing for at least 2 years.

Intermediate / Open Championship

This is a joint class for two levels. Depending on the dancer’s level, we’ll learn the remaining Intermediate or Open Championship level 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 level soft shoe dances – typically after dancing for at least 4 years.

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 level 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

Muscle fitness and body care

Muscle fitness and body care classes involve movements that strengthen different muscle groups, increase heart rate and strengthen middle body support and posture. Mobility is increased through the body care section. The class is suitable for everyone and the exercises are done while listening to your own body. 
You can bring your own exercise mat to the class.

Contact

Contact us by email at 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).
Please note that our teaching is constantly progressing. If you join in the middle of the season, it is recommended that you contact the us before enrolling.