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What is Taught in Beginner Irish Dance?

Beginner Irish Dancers first learn how to clap their hands to the 8-bar beat of the music, how to stand ready to dance, and how to point their toes and balance with their heels lifted off the floor.

From there, our future Riverdance stars will learn the first 4 basic movements. Beginning with skip 2,3s, dancers learn to move in a forward and backward direction. The next lesson involves how to move right and left while crossing the feet and standing up on the toes. Progressing to the final basic movements to master, students begin to bounce off the floor with hop 2,3s and jump 2,3s.

At each stage, mastery of these movements provide dancers with the foundation for all beginner Irish dances, improved coordination, fitness, balance, rhythm, and patience through repetition.

Classes with young learners incorporate many games and fun music to teach these skills and challenge their minds and bodies in a positive and engaging way. Friendship is also an important aspect, where classmates learn to help and encourage each other while learning their first Irish dances. Older beginner dancers are progressed rapidly through these basic movements, so they can move into a class that fits their age, ability, and creates an enjoyable social environment.

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