YOUTH ACADEMY PROGRAM
At District, dancers progress from Shamrock Beginner I all the way up to Prelim / Champ.  Certain achievements are met in order to advance to the next level.  For questions about class placement/enrollment, please e-mail us.  To check out our classes for adults, please click here.

Register now!  Classes begin September 12th.

All classes will be held at our New Tenleytown Studio.  See all class info + links to register below.  If you haven't already, be sure to join our mailing list.

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BEGINNER 6-WEEK FALL SESSION
FOR BRAND NEW DANCERS!

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Saturdays, 10am

6 weeks starting 10/1

45-minute class

For brand new dancers.  Geared for ages 5-6.  Competitive Level:  Optional/First Feis

Session Cost:  $145 

 *JUST ANNOUNCED* In this introductory session, students will jump, kick, step and slide while learning the fundamentals (focus on the "fun"!) of Irish dance, musicality, rhythm, technique and more!  The final class will present a showcase for families. It’s a great way for new dancers to get a taste of the exciting world of Irish dance!

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SHAMROCK BEGINNER I *CLASS FULL*
FOR BRAND NEW DANCERS!

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Wednesdays, 5:15pm

45-minute class

For brand new dancers.  Geared for ages 5-6.  Competitive Level:  Optional/First Feis

Class Cost:  $105/mo (10-month Academy Year payment plan)

Shamrock Beginner 1 welcomes brand new dancers to the exciting world of Irish dance!  Each weekly class teaches the fundamentals (focus on the FUN!) of Irish dance, using games and skill-building activities while adhering to our three tenets of technique, teamwork, and tradition.  Dancers will be invited to perform in our Academy Showcase at the end of the year.

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SHAMROCK BEGINNER II

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Wednesdays, 6:00pm

45-minute class

For Beginner dancers age 7+.  Competitive Level: Optional/Beginner

Class Cost:  $105/mo (10-month Academy Year payment plan)

Shamrock 2 builds on Shamrock Beginner 1 and is open to dancers age 7 & up in their second year of Irish dance who are ready to learn exciting steps and choreography. Each class continues to emphasize the fundamentals (focus on the FUN!) of Irish dance, using games and skill-building activities while adhering to our three tenets of technique, teamwork, and tradition.  Pending instructor discretion, dancers in Shamrock II may start hard shoe in this class.  Dancers will be invited to perform in our Academy Showcase at the end of the year.

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ADVANCED BEGINNER / NOVICE

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Mondays, 5:15pm

60-minute class

Prerequisite: 2+ years experience;  Shamrock I & II

Competitive Level:  Advanced Beginner, Novice (Optional)

Class Cost:  $125/mo (10-month Academy Year payment plan)

Advanced Beginner/Novice class is for dancers who have completed at least two years of Irish dance at District Academy, have mastered basic soft shoe reels, light jigs and slip jigs, are working on fast-speed hard shoe dances (treble jig & hornpipe).  Dancers will be encouraged to fine tune their technique, explore performance / competitive style - including group Ceili dances! - and learn new and challenging material. Dancers in this class are eligible to sign up for SHOW CLASS, held right after on Mondays, in order to learn performance skills and participate in special guest performance opportunities throughout the year!

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HARD SHOE COMPLEMENT (AB/NOV)

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SATURDAYS, 11:45am

45-minute class

Prerequisite:  Dancers in AB/Nov (and Shamrock II, with instructor approval) who are working on fast speed hard shoe dances.

Class Cost:  $105/mo (10-month Academy Year payment plan)

Dancers in Advanced Beginner/Novice class (and experienced Shamrock II dancers, with instructor approval) may enroll in Hard Shoe Complement on Saturdays to add a second weekly class and fast track their proficiency in learning hard shoe dances and support an accelerated pace towards Prizewinner Level.

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PRIZEWINNER PROGRAM

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Tues 5:15-6:15pm

Thurs 5:15-6:30pm

Prerequisite: Exp. Novice, Prizewinner (Orange);  Exp. Prizewinner, Prelim 10&under (Red)

Program Cost:  $205/mo (10-month Academy Year payment plan)

Prizewinner program dancers are up for a challenge and are ready to increase their knowledge of complex Irish dance steps, rhythm, footwork and fun new soft shoe material!  This program is advanced and fast-paced.  Meets twice weekly:  Tuesday class is soft shoe focus, Thursday is hard shoe focus.  TROUPE CLASS ADD-ON:  Prizewinner Program dancers may add-on Troupe Class, held right after this class on Tuesdays, in order to learn show choreography & performance skills, with special opportunities to perform throughout the year!  Prerequisite: Instructor discretion.  3+ years experience, competing in Novice (50% of dances in Prizewinner)

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PRELIM / CHAMP PROGRAM

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Tues:  7-8pm (soft shoe focus)

Thurs: 6:15-8pm (hard shoe focus)

Prerequisite: Competing in Preliminary or Open Champ;  instructor approval required.

Program Cost:  $235/mo (10-month Academy Year payment plan)

Our most advanced class - Prelim/Champ program is for experienced dancers who are ready to fine tune their high degree of skill!  Each class will challenge dancers artistically and athletically;  competitive pursuits are accommodated but performance opportunities are also encouraged.  Meets twice weekly — Tuesday class is soft shoe focus, Thursday is hard shoe focus.  TROUPE CLASS ADD-ON:  Prelim/Champ dancers may add-on Troupe Class, held right before this class on Tuesdays, in order to learn show choreography & performance skills, with special opportunities to perform throughout the year!

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SHOW CLASS! (Performance Add-On)

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Mondays, 6:15-6:45pm

30-minute add-on class

Prerequisite:

Enrolled in Advanced Beginner/Novice

Add-On Class Cost:  $65/mo (10-month Academy Year payment plan)

Show Class is our pre-troupe class which introduces Advanced Beginner/Novice level dancers to performance style Irish dance technique. This class promotes building confidence, stage presence, and skills for the stage. Show Class dancers will have special opportunities to dance out in the community throughout the year, including the busy St. Patrick's Day season!  Must be enrolled in Advanced Beginner/Novice.

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DISTRICT TROUPE (Performance Add-On)

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Tuesdays, 6:15-7pm

45-minute add-on class

Prerequisite:

Enrolled in Prizewinner or Prelim/Champ Program

 

Add-On Class Cost:  $85/mo (10-month Academy Year payment plan)

Open to Prizewinner & Prelim/Champ Program, or with teacher approval, District Troupe is our elite performance troupe class which prepares dancers for the many shows during St. Patrick’s Day season (and beyond!).  The class will teach fun and challenging choreography in an encouraging, non-competitive setting. Prerequisite:  Must be enrolled in Prizewinner OR Champ program.

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