2021 Summer Session

Welcome to Foley Academy of Irish Dance! We offer classes in Traditional Irish Step and Ceili Dancing for children ages 6-17 and adults 18+. We are looking forward to a fun and successful 2020-2021 dance season and are excited to meet our new dancers and families! If you have additional questions that have not been addressed here, please email shannon@foleyirishdance.com

Summer Session Registration is Open!

6-Week Session for new youth dancers

Thank you for your interest in our Irish Dance classes! 

All classes are held at the Foley Academy Studio in Reston, VA

If you or your dancer has Irish Dance experience, please contact shannon@foleyirishdance.com to register into the correct class level.

NO pre-registration fee!


All NEW Beginner Dancers receive a free Foley Academy t-shirt

New Beginner Classes for the Summer Session are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm

  • New Youth Dancers (Age 5-17)
  • Summer Session: June 21 – August 13 (6 wk Session); no classes July 5 – July 16 for mid-Summer Break (2 wks)
  • 3 Headstart classes for New Beginner dancers registered for the summer session are scheduled for Thursday, May 20 from 7-7:30pm; Saturday, May 22 from 10-10:30am; Thursday, June 10 from 7-7:30pm – all free of charge

Summer Session Packages: 

Our Summer Packages are designed to give you the flexibility to pick class dates that best suit your Summer schedule. You will select a package of classes and then sign up for that number of classes using the class selection calendar. For example, if you purchase a package of 6 classes, then your dancer can attend any 6 classes in his/her level – these classes could be once per week, twice per week, or spread out over different days throughout the 6 weeks. It is entirely up to you!

After you register, you will be given the link to the Summer class selection calendar to sign up for your class dates (calendar available end of May). Dancers must reserve class dates before the Summer Session begins on June 21, 2021. Note – In the unlikely event that a class does not have a minimum of 3 dancers registered, the class may be canceled or combined with the next class level at the discretion of Foley Academy.

  • 4 classes: $60
  • 6 classes: $90
  • 8 classes: $114
  • 10 classes: $135
  • 12 classes: $153

In-Studio Safety Measures for COVID-19:

  • Mandatory screening questions for all in-studio dancers each time they attend an in-studio class
  • Studio access is via outside door only
  • Dancers must wear masks at all time
  • Maintain social distance within the studio
  • Use of the public water fountain is not permitted
  • Bathrooms are available, but only if necessary
  • Cleaning of high-touch surfaces between every class
  • Cleaning of studio floor every evening
  • Mandatory use of hand sanitizer when entering and exiting

Irish Dance Class FAQs:

  • What is Irish Dancing?   Irish Dancing is a style of dance that originated in Ireland. Dancers perform steps individually (step dancing) or in a group (Ceili dancing). Irish Step Dancing is characterized by a stiff upper body and quick and precise movements of the feet. Ceili Dancing is a form of folk and social dancing in Ireland that is focused on footwork and the dancers’ interaction with their partners using their arms and hands. Traditional Irish music played on a variety of instruments accompanies both Irish Step and Ceili Dancing. Instruments include the accordion, piano, fiddle, flute, or banjo. Irish Dancing is a fun, exciting, and challenging activity for both children and adults. By taking Irish Dancing lessons, dancers build confidence, set goals for growth and success, develop teamwork and communication skills, benefit from both a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle, meet new people, and make new friends.
  • Who is the Teacher?   Shannon Foley – read her bio on the Owner/Director page.
  • Who can register for the session?   Boys & Girls, Men & Ladies; Children: ages 6-17; Adults: ages 18+; You don’t have to be Irish! No dance experience necessary for beginner classes!
  • Are all classes virtual? Do you have in-studio classes? All classes are both virtual and in-studio. The Foley Academy studio is equipped with the necessary equipment to conduct simultaneous virtual and in-studio classes.
  • What should I wear to class?   Please see the recommendations provided on our Class Attire page.
  • What is the last day to register for classes?  email shannon@foleyirishdance.com to reserve a spot for the 2021 Spring Session
  • Is there a minimum required age to register?  Yes, the minimum dancer age is 6 years old. If you are interested in classes for a dancer age 3 – 5, email shannon@foleyirishdance.com to inquire about our Tir na nOg class for tots.
  • Is there a maximum age for dancers?   There is no maximum age limit, however dancers should ensure that they are in proper physical condition to participate in the dance sessions.
  • What is NOT included with the class fee?   The Class fee does NOT include: water that the dancer may require during the lesson; clothing, which includes shirts, shorts, pants, etc., that the dancer will need for the lesson; shoes/footwear; transportation and/or travel fees for performances or competitions; costumes
  • Are parents allowed to observe the classes?   Parents are allowed to sit in to watch upon teacher’s discretion.
  • Who should contact if I have any other questions?   shannon@foleyirishdance.com

Family Discount Program:

If you are looking to register more than one child or family member, please email shannon@foleyirishdance.com to receive information regarding our discount program and pricing.

If you or your dancer has Irish Dance experience, please contact shannon@foleyirishdance.com to register into the correct class level.


NEW DANCERS ONLY: Online registration is OPEN!

You must be 18 or older to register yourself or your child for classes with the Foley Academy of Irish Dance. Click HERE to review our Privacy Policy.

After you submit your pre-registration form, we will contact you within 2 business days to complete your registration and session payment.

Submission Instructions:


By clicking “Complete Pre-Registration” you certify that you are 18 or older and are aware of the Foley Academy Privacy Policy.

  1. Click the “Complete Pre-Registration” button. The page will redirect you to a confirm page. THIS MAY TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO PROCESS.Please be patient. Do not navigate away from this page or click the “back” button.
  2. Save or print pre-registration confirmation page.
  3. Download the Foley Academy Handbook and complete the Handbook Acknowledgement Form (located at the end).
  4. Complete the Dancer Information Form.
  5. Bring the Handbook Acknowledgement Form and Dancer Information Form to the first class.

Thank you!