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Irish Dancing

Irish dancing originated as a traditional folk dance but has grown in popularity following the success of shows such as Riverdance. However, there is so much more to Irish dancing than the big stage shows! Today, the dance form is lively and energetic, blending modern movements with classical steps to create a unique form of dance.

Dancers will begin in soft-soled, ballet-style shoes (called 'light' or 'soft' shoes) and learn a variety of dances including the reel, hop jig, light jig and slip jig. At beginner stage, these incorporate simple jumps, skips and hops and as dancers progress, we will begin to work on more intricate footwork and athletic jumps.

Once a dancer has mastered the basic technique of light shoe dancing they will move on to 'heavy' or 'hard' shoes - a tap-style shoe with a fibreglass tip and heel. Here they'll learn to reflect the beat of the music in the rhythm of the feet, learning 'trebles', clicks and other rhythmic elements of Irish dancing.

Both light and heavy shoe dances are performed as the dancers progress through the levels, and where numbers permit we also love to teach ceili or group dancing - traditional dances performed in twos, fours, sixes, eights and even sixteens - this is where arm movements come into play and where dancers learn to perform as part of a uniform team.

Through Irish dancing, children learn rhythm and timing, balance and carriage, as well as building fitness and muscle control. Children also learn confidence and dedication through working towards their individual goals.

Our Irish dancing classes are delivered by the Gra na Rince School of Irish Dancing, which means ‘love the dance’ in Irish. Registered with the Irish Dancing Commission (An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha) in Dublin, dancers will have the opportunity to take part in competitions and exams – or simply learn for the love of dance.

Classes are open to boys and girls aged 4+, with all abilities catered to from beginner to champion.

We accept new beginners throughout the year, and typically hold classes during school holidays as well as term time.

The Irish dance classes are taught by Louise Stanley TCRG, who is a fully qualified specialist Irish dancing teacher of nearly 20 years experience in the art form. The Gra na Rince School of Irish dancing also offers classes in Birmingham.

To enquire about our Irish dancing classes in Redditch, please call/text Louise on 07790 876 345 or email granarince@hotmail.com