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Irish Step Dance Classes

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UPDATED 8/26/17

Irish step Dance classes with instructor Erika Damiani begin Sept. 9
See schedule below for exact class schedule and pricing.

NOTE:
Beginner Irish Step Dance for children age 6-10 - Saturdays, 9 AM
Beginner Irish Step Dance for teens & young adults - Saturdays, 11 AM

TUESDAYS
6-week session runs: Sept. 12, (not 19), 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
4:30-6:15 PM - Cara Troupe (Pronounced Kar-uh, Meaning FRIEND)

Fee: $132.00 for 6-week session per student
6-7 PM - Intermediate Hard Shoe  
Fee: $ 75.00 for 6-week session per student

Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Cara Troupe shows strong understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and has a good handle on basic and intermediate figures of Irish Dance and choreography. Cara Troupe is a combo class meaning it is 1 hour and 45 min long, combining both soft shoe technique and new steps as well as learning figure and performance dances. Placement in the new Intermediate Hard Shoe class is at discretion of the instructor.

WEDNESDAYS
7-week session runs: Sept. 13 through Oct. 25

5:00-6:00 PM - Beginner and continuing Beginner Hard Shoe
 
Fee: $ 87.00 for 7-week session per student
This class is open to any student who has a solid foundation of soft shoe technique. They will be taught the beginning steps of hard shoe, basic rhythms, proper foot placement, keeping their heels off the floor, and much more! All dancers MUST have hard shoes to participate in the class - Tap shoes are not allowed. If you are waiting for shoes to come in please wear sneakers to class. This class can (and should!) be repeated as many times as necessary to master the foundations of basic Hard Shoe before moving on.

THURSDAYS
7-week session runs: Sept. 14 through Oct. 26

5:00-6:00 PM - Nog Troupe

Fee: $70.00 for 7-week session per student
This will be for Tir Na Nog's youngest performance troupe dancers. They will meet once a week on Thursdays for an hour and participate in different shows throughout the year at different nursing homes, schools, parades, the christmas spectacular, and more.They will learn basic choreography of group dances, basic handholds, and will be challenged to remember different routines throughout the year. It is not uncommon for a child to be in Nog troupe 2 years in a row as this is where the foundation of all group dancing and performing is laid.

6:00-7:00 PM - Soft Shoe Technique
Fee: $ 87.00 for 7-week session per student
This class teaches students Irish dance steps in soft shoe. The focus is on technique and proper positions of dancing, body and posture. This class also teaches many of the modern day Irish Dance jumps such as Birds, Axels, Hover springs, double ups and more, as well as traditional Ceili dances. The purpose of this class is to learn steps that fit to Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, and Hop Jig music and continue to learn more steps and intricate flourishes to incorporate into soft shoe dances.

7:00-8:00 PM - Green Troupe
Fee: $ 87.00 for 7-week session per student
Troupe dancers perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Green Troupe shows an understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and some of the basic figures of Irish Dance choreography.

FRIDAYS
7-week session runs Sept. 15 through Oct. 27
4:30-5:30 PM - Intermediate Hard shoe
Fee: $ 87.00 for 7-week session per student
This class is open to any student who has taken at least one full year of hard shoe dance class and can adequately dance tips, trebles, hardshoe steps. Students in this class are expected to understand hard shoe language at this level and be able to count and understand hard shoe music, basic rhythms, and proper foot placement. Students at this hard shoe level should be almost able to keep their heels off the floor at all times and hop their steps as opposed to scuffing. This class can (and should!) be repeated as many times as necessary to master the foundations of basic Hard Shoe before moving on. All dancers must have hard shoes to participate in the class.

5:30-6:30 PM - Rince Troupe (Pronounced Rink-uh)
Fee: $ 87.00 for 7-week session per student
Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Rince Troupe shows strong understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and has a decent handle on the basic figures of Irish Dance and choreography.

6:30-7:30 PM - Soft Shoe Technique
Fee: $ 87.00 for 7-week session per student
This class teaches students Irish dance steps in soft shoe. The focus is on technique and proper positions of dancing, body and posture. This class also teaches many of the modern day Irish Dance jumps such as Birds, Axels, Hover springs and more, as well as traditional Ceili dances. The purpose of this class is to learn steps that fit to Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, and Hop Jig music and continue to learn more steps and intricate flourishes to soft shoe Irish Dance.

7:30-8:30 PM - Ceol Troupe (Pronounced Key-Ole)
Fee: $ 87.00 for 7-week session per student
Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Ceol Troupe shows strong understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and many of the basic figures of Irish Dance choreography. At this level dancers should be very strong in upper body posture, working on always having their feet turned out, and they should be able to stay on high on their toes, with hands closed and arms straight at all times. Ceol troupe members should also have phenomenal performance skills such as smiling throughout each dance routine and confidence in performing at many types of venues.

SATURDAYS
8-week session runs Sept. 9 through Oct. 28

9:00-9:50 AM - Beginner Irish Dance - Age 5 to 10

Fee: $80.00 for 8-week session per student
This is a pure beginner class for children ages 5 to 10. They will learn the basics of irish dance, how to count the music, beginning foot placement, and beginner steps. Class limited to 16; minimum 7 students needed to hold class. No experience is expected for beginner level and no special shoes are required. We do ask children to wear soft-soled shoes (or just socks) and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Note: Very often, students at this age level will take this beginner class two, three or more times before being placed in a continuing beginner class as it is VERY important to really learn and be able to execute the basic steps of Irish dance before moving on and adding to them. Please bring a water bottle, notebook, and pencil to class.

10:00-10:45 AM - Advanced Beginner Irish Dance - Ages 6 and up
Fee: $80.00 for 8-week session per student
This class is a continuing children's class ages 6-12, but can also be used as a beginner class for those students who have already had experience in dancing in other genres and want to try out Irish Dance. The class will focus on Irish Dance technique, solidifying foot placement, learning more intricate steps and understanding the 4 main types of Soft Shoe Irish Dance - Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, and Hop jig. Note: Students in the class often repeat this class 2-3 times before moving up. Many dancers usually transition from this class into the performance troupe classes. Please bring a water bottle, notebook, and pencil to class.

11:00-NOON - Teen and Young adult Beginner Irish Dance
Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student 
This class is for Teens and Young Adults who are looking to learn Irish Dance! This class will teach the basics of Irish Dance, foot placement, timing, rhythm, and steps that fit into the 4 main types of soft shoe Irish Dance - Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, and Hop Jig. The adult class is constantly changing and new choreography, steps, and music is always being added. If you can't make a commitment to the whole session please feel free to come to the classes that you can make! Dancers from beginner to advanced can be in this class as the instructor breaks the participants up into levels that are appropriate for each dancer. Everyone is challenged to their own ability.

SUNDAYS
8-week session runs: Sept. 10 through Oct. 29

9:00-10:00 AM - Gold Troupe

Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student
Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Gold Troupe shows extremely strong understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and some of the basic figures of Irish Dance choreography. At this level dancers should be strong in upper body posture, their feet should be turned out, and they should be able to stay high on their toes with hands should closed at all times. Gold troupe members should also have good performance skills such as smiling throughout each dance routine and confidence in performing at many types of venues.

10:00-11:00 AM - Intermediate Hard Shoe
Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student
This class is for dancers who have taken both the beginner, advanced beginner, and intermediate hard shoe classes and who have a very strong handle on hard shoe dances. Dancers coming into this class should be able to do all the basic moves like trebles, tips, rolls, and should be able to keep their heels off the ground. The focus of this class will be on faster-paced reels, double trebles, clicks, and learning the traditional Hard Shoe set dances, as well as new steps for Slow Hornpipe, Treble Jig, and a few modern spins on Hard shoe dances.

11:00-12:00 PM - Claddagh Troupe
Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student
Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Claddagh Troupe shows outstanding understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and many figures of Irish Dance choreography. At this level dancers should be very strong in upper body posture, feet turned out, high on their toes, with hands closed and arms straight at all times. Claddagh troupe members should also have phenomenal performance skills such as smiling throughout each dance routine and confidence in performing at many types of venues.

12:00-1:00 PM - Advanced Soft Shoe
Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student
Students taking this class should be able to learn new dances steps quickly without having them broken down piece by piece. Students should have a good handle on many of the current dance jumps and be able to hear a tune and know which type of dance it is. This class is a combination of members from Claddagh and Triskele troupes.

1:00-3:00 PM - Triskele Troupe (Pronounced Tris-Kale)
Fee: $150.00 for 8-week session per student
Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Triskele Troupe shows a exceptional understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and all of the basic figures of Irish Dance choreography. Triskele troupe members should be executing each step with confidence, pointed toes, turned out feet, and hands ALWAYS closed. A stiff upper body with arms held closely to their torso as well as a smile at all times is a must. Performing for a Triskele troupe dancer should flow easily from within.

Erika Damiani has run Tir Na Nog Irish Dance at Blackstone River Theatre since 2011. Erika placed nationally in 2010 with the American Association of Irish Dance Teachers and in 2011 and 2012 with the North American Irish Dance Federation, and has danced her way to Prizewinner level. She has experience in teaching classes with children from age 5 and up to adults. Erika choreographs her own dances and is proficient in teaching both modern Irish dance and traditional ceili dances. Visit www.tirnanogirishdanceri.com

HOW TO REGISTER 
So we can be assured of meeting the minimum needed to hold any of our class offerings, BRT NEEDS PRE-PAYMENT AT LEAST 3 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF ANY CLASS (and hopefully sooner!) or we'll need to cancel at that time.
If you are interested in a class, please:
1. E-mail russell@riverfolk.org to pre-register and then,
2. Put a check payable to Blackstone River Theatre in the mail ASAP to: Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864