Doyle Academy of Irish Dance

Irish Dance Waterloo Ontario

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Irish Dance Classes

Beginner Class

The Beginner Class is an introduction to Irish dance.  We offer a strong technical program designed for the beginner student. Starting at age three we begin students in soft shoe learning dances such as the reel, jig and slip jig. Dances are performed to traditional Irish music in a professional environment. Students learn and develop a keen awareness of timing, co-ordination and technique in a fun-filled hour.
 
In the Beginner Class there is a continual progression from soft shoes to hard shoes and as the training evolves so too will the class time needed. Students learn basic rhythm as well as traditional treble jigs and hornpipes.
 
Students five and older partcipate in two classes per week as part of the program (on Mondays and Wednesdays).  Students five and under attend one class per week (on Wednesdays).
  • Mondays:  5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Wednesdays:  5:00pm-6:00pm
 
Junior Class

The Junior Class is open to students who have progressed from beginner to higher levels of competitive dance and those students entering the Feis (competition) scene. Here, in the Junior Class, the student receives 1.5 hours of specialized dance training with Monday classes being devoted to hard shoe and Wednesdays to soft shoe. Progression of steps and ability is evident and a personal style and confidence develops.

The Junior Class students attend two classes per week. A third class on Fridays is mandatory for those dancers in the Preliminary or Championship level.
  • Mondays: 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Wednesdays: 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Thursdays: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Advanced Class

In the advanced class the student receives serious dance training with a professional disciplined attitude concentrating on both hard and soft shoe. The advanced class is open to students who have advanced into high levels of competition who require strong emphasis on technical skill, style and performance. Here, in the Advanced Class, the student receives concentrated dance training with Mondays focusing on hard shoe and Wednesdays on soft shoe. The students are able to develop poise and self-confidence through this highly technical art form. Students in the Advanced Class attend three lessons a week as part of the program.
  • Mondays: 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Wednesdays: 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Thursdays: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Private Lessons

Private or semi-private (two dancers) lessons can be arranged with the teachers throughout the year. These classes allow for personalized attention and individual corrections to suit the needs of the student. These classes are highly beneficial to any dancer who wants to excel and polish material.
 
Adult Lessons
We offer adult lessons in sessions throughout the year.  Please contact us to get further information about our next session.
 
Figure Class
Figure dancing is when students perform in groups according to age and level of experience. Figure dancers learn co-operation, specific arm movements and timing as well as the execution of steps. Teams at the Doyle Academy perform 4-Hand and 8-Hand figure dances in preparation for National and International competitions. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to work together as a school. We offer these classes in sessions throughout the year.