The beginning Irish dance class consists of a 45 minute lesson in which students learn the basics of Irish dance. The basics consist of the “Side-Step” and the “ones two threes” danced in reel time (see handbook). After learning “the basics” students can perform any Ceili (Gaelic for Group Dance) with fellow students. When the basics have been mastered, the students will be trained to dance the beginner reel and beginner jig. Students will also be taught proper stretching, posture, and exercise routines. During the year new students will receive the following:
Workbook: Information about beginner steps and exercises
Compact disc: Mix of the music the beginner dancers will use for practice at home
It is very important that students attend all classes their first year since Irish dancing is like building a house – if there is not a strong foundation, a weak house will be built.