Irish Dance Classes
Irish dance is believed to have started when the Celts arrived in Ireland over 2,000 years ago. Today, the most common form of Irish dance is the Munster style which has been formalized by An Coiminsium le Rinci Gaelacha – the Irish Dancing Commission. Irish step dancing falls into two broad categories based on the shoes worn: hard shoe and soft shoe. All students start with a minimum of one year of soft shoe training, and when invited, will be able to start hard shoe training along with the continuation of soft shoe classes.
We begin offering Irish training on a combination basis with ballet and tap in a selection of the very young classes. Later, with maturity, if a student would like to study Irish Dance more seriously, they may enroll in a class designated specifically to Irish Dance. Irish Dance is a very popular program at the Dancenter and it has been on our schedule for over twenty years. We maintain a trained staff of professional instructors to bring out the Irish Dancer in your child.
If your student becomes passionate about Irish dance, and would like the opportunity to perform throughout the Ames community and Central Iowa, dancing and promoting Irish Dance, then the Irish Performance Team (IPT) is a great opportunity for him or her. Students in this program will learn several routines to perform at various venues and events including St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, educational programs, and other events. IPT is by audition. The team is very much in demand. We limit the performance schedule so that it is manageable for a school-age person. Auditions are in December; rehearsals start in January. Memories are made in IPT that last a lifetime.