6 Week Irish Step Program starting soon, Join Today!
This is a recreational soft shoe Irish Step class for both boys and girls. Students will enjoy and learn all aspects of this exciting and dynamic style of dance. Students are also invited to march in the St. Patty's Day Parade!!!
Wednesday's, February 22 – March 29, 2017
Class for children ages 4-7: 6:45-7:30
Class for children ages 8 -11: 7:30-8:15
Tuition is $120.00
St. Patty's Day Parade, Saturday March 11 (optional)
Call the studio 973-386-0259 or register here
Miss Emily has 27 years of Irish Dance experience. She is a former Mid-Atlantic Regional Champion as well as many top national awards. Emily has competed numerous times in Ireland as well as England. She has performed with many Irish musicians such as Cherish The Ladies, the Wolftones, and Lenahan to name a few. Miss Emily has performed on Fox and Friends, the Today Show, and toured North America with the Boyne Company of Riverdance the Show. Emily was part of Riverdance's 10th anniversary show at Radio City Music Hall. She is a ceritifed TCRG Irish Dance instructor with An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha. Emily teaches both competitive and non-competitive Irish Dance.
Irish Step dancing is a style of dance with its roots from Ireland. The student or performers body is held in a stiff upper body way with quick and precise movements of the feet. Their arms are straight down to the sides of their bodies. Irish Step dancing can be performed by a group or solo artist and is performed in many venues. Besides public performances there are also step dance competitions all over the world. Costumes are a very important part of the performance especially in competition with Irish Step dancing.
There are two types of Irish Step dancing, hard shoe and soft shoe. The hard shoe makes sounds that are similar to tap shoes and the Irish step soft shoe is similar to that of the traditional ballet shoe. Soft shoes are often called ghillies or pumps. They are constructed of very soft kid leather - similar to ballet shoes in texture. Their laces crisscross across the top of the feet and are tied up either around the ankle or under the arch of the foot. Hard shoes are often called heavy shoes or jig shoes. They are used to create the beautiful rhythmical percussions. They are made of black leather with fiberglass heels and taps on the tips of the shoes with a leather strap across the top of the foot. The dances for soft shoe and hard shoe are different, thought they share the basic moves and rhythms. Children who compete in Irish step dancing can compete on the local level as well as world championships. Irish social dancing can be divided into céilí and set dancing. Irish set dances are quadrilles, danced by four couples arranged in a square, while céilí dances are danced by varied formations (céilí) of two to sixteen people. In addition to their formation, there are significant stylistic differences between these two forms of social dance. Irish social dance is a living tradition and variations in particular dances are found across the Irish dancing community.
The very popular production of Irish Step dancing is called Riverdance which first showed in 1994. Riverdance incorporates the hard and soft Irish step dancing as well as singing and hoofing or rhythm tap dancing. Our very own Miss Emily performed and traveled with Riverdance. You can read her bio above.
Our Irish step classes are for the student who wants to learn this art form on a recreational level. Both hard and soft shoe styles are taught in each class for a well rounded study of the traditional Irish step dancing. Click here for our schedule of classes.