2022 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 2021-2022 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!!!

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

Summer Session begins June 20, 2022

See information below and dates for head start classes!

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, or you are looking for Adult Classes, 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

Summer Session Information for Youth Dancers:

  • Summer Session is 6 weeks – June 20, 2022 – August 4, 2022.
  • Flexible class selection – the Summer Session differs from our other sessions because dancers can select the days they would like to come to classes and can come to as many classes as they would like each week.
  • New Beginner Youth Classes are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
  • The link to the class selection sign-up calendar will be emailed at the end of April to those who have enrolled in the Summer Session.
  • Cost: $15 per class – no minimum or maximum number of classes – dancers can take as many New Beginner classes during the Summer as they would like!
  • A visual of the 6 week Summer Session has been provided below to help you plan ahead for the classes that you would like your dancer to attend. Classes available to New Beginner dancers are highlighted in green.
  • Headstart Classes: To help dancers prepare for the Summer, Foley Academy offers three 30-minute headstart classes between May to June for New Beginner dancers to start learning a few movements before the Summer Session begins. The sign-up for these headstart classes will be sent at the end of April with the Summer class selection sign-up calendar.
    • Headstart Class #1 – Sunday, May 15 from 2:30-3pm
    • Headstart Class #2 – Sunday, June 5 from 2:30-3pm
    • Headstart Class #3 – Sunday, June 19 from 2:30-3pm
    • No cost for the headstart classes.
    • Attendance at headstart classes is NOT mandatory in order to enroll in the Summer Session

Summer Session Calendar – classes available to New Beginner Dancers are highlighted in green:

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. 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!
  • 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?  June 18, 2022
  • Is there a minimum required age to register?  Yes, the minimum dancer age is 5 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.

2022 Summer Session 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!