Register for Irish Dance Class

Welcome to Foley Academy of Irish Dance! We offer classes in Traditional Irish Step and Ceili Dancing for children ages 5-17 and adults 18+, and are always excited to meet our new dancers and families!

Please click here for current session registration information. 


General 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.

Why take Irish Dance Classes?

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.

Foley Academy Dancers perform at Foley Academy Recitals, community performances year-round (but especially in March for St. Patrick’s Day!), and parades. Our dancers compete at local (Feisanna), regional (Oireachtas), National, and International (Worlds) competitions.

Who Teaches at Foley Academy?

The owner, Shannon Foley teaches all classes; read her bio on the Owner/Director page.

Is Foley Academy Associated with an Irish Dancing Commission?

Yes, Shannon Foley holds a Scrúdú Teastas Mhúinteora (TCRG) dance instructor certification from An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG), the Irish Dance Commission. Foley Academy Dancers are eligible to participate in any CLRG feisanna (competitions).

Where is Foley Academy Located?

Foley Academy is located in Reston, VA, conveniently off the Dulles Toll Road, with easy access for most in Northern Virginia!

Who Can Take Classes at Foley Academy?

We offer Irish Dance classes for Boys & Girls, Men & Ladies! You don’t have to be Irish, and no dance experience necessary for beginner classes!

Is there a Minimum Age?

Yes, dancers must be 5 years old to enroll in our regular session. Children: ages 5-17; Adults: ages 18+;

We do offer Tir na nOg classes for dancers aged 3 – 5, contact Ms. Shannon ( for details.

Is there a Maximum Age?

No! Dancers in proper physical condition are never too old participate in the adult class.

What Should I Wear to Dance Class?

Please see the recommendations provided on our Class Attire page.

Are Parents Allowed to Observe the Class?

Yes! Parents are welcome to observe from the waiting room during their dancer’s class. The same private livestream is accessible to parents through the dancer portal.

What else is in the Dancer Portal?

Our Dancer Portal features include:

  • Class registration and online payments
  • Studio Live Stream
  • Tutorial and step reference videos
  • Recital and performance video archive
  • Document Library with enrollment and policy documents
  • Foley Academy monthly newsletters
  • Dance shop and consignment listings
  • Many more features…

What if My Question Wasn’t Answered Here?

Contact Shannon ( for any other questions.