Our goal is to teach Irish dancing to the best of each student's ability, and to instill a real sense of joy in this rich and dynamic dance form. Building upon its historical roots as a traditional folk pastime, modern Irish dance blends Celtic music and rhythms with the grace, speed and power of soft and hard shoe dance sets. Our competitive steps and show pieces embody the vibrancy of international shows like Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Celtic Tiger.
Our classes provide dancers with comprehensive, professional instruction with an emphasis upon fun and activity. The core steps and movements of Irish dancing are incorporated into traditional group dances, show sets and competitive choreography. We proudly serve the communities of Okotoks, High River, Lethbridge, south Calgary and the rural Foothills area. For more information, please read our classes FAQ.
Our class schedule is based on a dancer's competitive level and/or dance experience. Competitive dancers are asked to match or exceed their weekly in-class hours in at-home practice time. Private or semi-private lessons are also available. Please contact Ali or Cait for details.
Okotoks classes are held in two locations:
1) The Foothills Training Centre, located at Unit 2, 107 Stockton Point, Okotoks (behind Simply Floors just off Crystalridge Drive). Our studio features a 1000 square foot sprung dance floor with a non-slip surface, changerooms and full-length mirrors.
2) Dr. Morris Gibson Elementary School, located at 147 Crystalridge Drive, Okotoks. Our classes take place in the dual station gymnasium, which features rubber-based flooring and large changerooms.
Lethbridge classes are held in the dance studio at the Bowman Arts Centre, located at 811, 5th Ave S, Lethbridge. The studio features a sprung dance floor, bars, and full-length mirrors.
Calgary classes are held at the Marquis de Lorne Community Association, located at 6 Copperstone Way SE, Calgary. The studio is situated in the new community of Copperfield and features hardwood flooring.
Our classes meet Revenue Canada's requirements for "Sports Activity" and tuition fees may be claimed as a tax deduction. Our Fitness Credit Tax Form is available for download here (Word format.)
|THE BENEFITS OF IRISH DANCE
The benefits of Irish dance extend well beyond the skills and knowledge of specific steps.
We consider these to be among them:
- Excellent exercise and cardiovascular conditioning.
- Increased cognitive skills through listening to instruction, observing, following direction, focusing attention and memorizing steps.
- Increased confidence, poise and self esteem through training, personal achievement, performance and competition.
- Strong friendships formed with classmates through learning, practicing, competing and performing together.
- Understanding and appreciating the richness of Irish culture.
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