Academy Events

We have many exciting events planned for our 2018-2019 dance season and dancers may bring bring friends and family to many of these events:

Back-to-Dance Night

We host a Back-to-Dance Night at the start of the dance season (in the Fall), typically mid-September. All dancers and their families are encouraged to attend this event, because it is focused on welcoming everyone back to the Foley Academy and, most of all, to provide dancers and families with information for the new dance season. More information, a detailed scheduled, and RSVP request will be emailed to all dancers and parents one month before the event.

2018 Grand Opening Celebration

We will have a Grand Opening Celebration/Open House in October 2018, which is a good event for your friends and family to attend. In addition, the director will give a free 1-hour dance lesson. More details about the celebration and RSVP request will be provided at Back-to-Dance Night in September and via email.

Feising 101

The Foley Academy hosts two Feising 101 Seminars to introduce new dancers and parents to competitions and to adequately inform them about the process, rules, and expectations. The Feising 101 seminar is mandatory for dancers that want to compete because the Director will answer all questions and provide information regarding:

  • Approval
  • Rules
  • Solo and Team (Ceili)
  • Age groups
  • Registration
  • Costumes
  • Dances
  • Progression
  • Majors
  • Awards

More details about the seminar and RSVP will be emailed at the start of the season in September.

Winter & Spring Recitals

All Foley Academy dancers are required to participate in the Winter and Spring Recitals, because they give dancers the opportunity to show their friends and family the movements, technique, and skills that they have learned.

  • Each class will perform a routine (class/academy costume required)
  • Performance Troupe will perform several routines
  • Competition Ceili Teams will perform 4 and 8-hand Ceilis (class/academy costume required)
  • Competition soloists will perform solo routines (class/academy or solo costume required)

Parade Events

The Foley Academy is planning to participate in the Alexandria and Washington D.C. Saint Patrick’s Day Parades, as well as the Reston Town Center Holiday Parade.  More details about parades will be provided at Back-to-Dance Night in September and via email.

St. Patrick’s Day Ceili Dinner & Dance

The Foley Academy hosts a St. Patrick’s Day Ceili Dinner and Dance in March to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This is another event that is open to all family and friends. We will email more information, a detailed scheduled, and RSVP request to all dancers and parents one month before event.

End-of-Year Party 

Foley Academy hosts an End-of-Year Party at the end of June to celebrate our success for the dance year. This is another one of our events that is open to all family and friends. There will be games, raffles, and awards given to dancers and parents. We will email more information, a detailed scheduled, and RSVP request to all dancers and parents one month before event.

Summer Camp

Foley Academy offers a 3-day summer camp for all dancers at the beginning of August. This is for Solo and Ceili/Team classes. Dancers will begin to prepare for the new dance season. They will learn new solo steps and Ceili/Team dances, begin working of physical fitness, and have the opportunity to reconnect with friends, make new friendships, and participate in team building activities and games.

We will email more details about the schedule, registration, and payment to all dancers and parents before the end of the dance season (June).

In addition to the Foley Academy Irish Dance camp, dancers may participate in other camps and meet dancers from all over the world. Please consult with the Director regarding any questions, interest, and registration for these camps.