Spring 2018 Beginner Irish Dance Session

Registration for the Spring Session is OPEN!
Please email shannon@foleyirishdance.com to register

12-WK Beginner Irish Dance Session
Classes begin Tuesday April 3, 2018 for Children; Thursday April 5 for Adults
All classes held at South Lakes High School’s Dance Studio: 11400 South Lakes Dr., Reston, VA

Hard-copy registration form: Foley Academy Spring 2018 Beginner Irish Dance RegistrationDownload Adobe PDF File(help with pdf files) 

Children Ages 5-17 & Adults 18+
Beginner Irish Dance Movements & Technique
Solo & Ceili Dances
Fitness, Fun, and Friendships
Free Academy t-shirt for New Dancers


Schedule of Classes:

Tuesday6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Ages 5-71 Hour
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.Ages 8+1 Hour
Thursday7:30 – 8:30 p.m.Adult Ceili Ages 18+1 Hour

Session Fees Per Dancer: $165 for entire session (12 wks); $60 pay by the month (4 wks)

New Family Discount Program Available – email shannon@foleyirishdance.com for more information.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact shannon@foleyirishdance.com

Intro Session 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.
  • How do I register for the Spring 2018 Beginner Irish Dance Session?  Email shannon@foleyirishdance.com
  • 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 5-17; Adults: ages 18+; You don’t have to be Irish! No dance experience necessary!
  • What will I learn in the 8-Wk Session?  Dancers will learn:
    • The traditional and basic form and movements of Irish Dancing, for both individual and Ceili dances
    • The proper foot placement, technique, and carriage to dance steps to traditional Irish music in the traditional style
    • How to interact with other dancers for Ceili dances
    • Beginner Movements, including Hop 1,2,3; Sidestep; Points; Rising Step; Rise & Grind
    • Beginner Reel & Jig Steps
    • 2-3 Ceili Dances
  • What should I wear to class?   Please see the recommendations provided on our Class Attire page. For the Intro Session, dancers do NOT need to purchase Irish Dance shoes. You may wear comfortable sneakers or tennis shoes, or you may dance in non-slip socks if it is more comfortable for you. If you own Irish Dance shoes or dance sneakers, please wear these to class.
  • Can I bring food to class?   A light snack, such as a granola bar or fruit, is acceptable, but the Foley Academy strongly encourage all dancers to be properly fed before coming to class. Please bring a water bottle or non-sugary drink to class to stay hydrated. Foley Academy will not provide food or drinks to dancers.
  • What is the last day to register for the Beginner Irish Dance Sessions?  The Spring Session has open enrollment. Dancers may register at any time.
  • Is there a minimum required age to register?  Yes, the minimum dancer age is 5 years old.
  • 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 included with the Session Fee?   The Session Fee includes 1 hour per week, for 12 weeks, of Irish Dance Solo and Ceili lessons, which includes proper posture, foot placement, and technique specific to introductory movements and steps. In addition, all new dancers will receive a free Academy t-shirt.
  • What is NOT included with the Session Fee?   The Session Fee does NOT include: any food or drink 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, which include sneakers, tennis shoes, socks, Irish Dance shoes, dance sneakers, ballet slippers, etc.; transportation and/or travel fees.
  • Are parents allowed to observe the classes?   Parents are allowed to sit in to watch the first and last class of the session.
  • What are all the session dates?   Tuesday classes are every week starting April 3, 2018 and ending June 19, 2018.  Thursday classes are every week starting April 5, 2018 and ending June 21, 2018. These dates are published on the: Academy Calendar/List of Important Dates
  • What if I have trouble filling out the PDF forms?   Click Here to learn more about Adobe PDF files
  • Who should contact if I have any other questions?   shannon@foleyirishdance.com

Registration for the Spring Session is OPEN!
Please email shannon@foleyirishdance.com to register