Class & Registration FAQs
How has COVID-19 impacted District Irish Dance classes 2020-21?
Due to extenuating circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all weekly "Academy Program" classes will be offered online via Zoom for 2020-21. We have put together an at-home class guide for tips on making this experience as effective as in-person, and continually seek creative ways to maintain connection and community.
We are supplementing online content with optional in-studio small group (max. of 4 dancers per class) and private lessons. Dancers participating in in-person small group studio classes will need to submit this waiver and review our in-studio safety rules prior to entering the studio.
What is the youngest age you enroll?
The minimum age to enroll in our Shamrock Beginner class is 5 years old. We are excited to invite children as young as 2 to attend along with a parent in our new interactive District Tots At-Home Class held on Saturdays at 10am! Note that children must be under direct supervision of their parent at all times in this class.
Do you offer classes for adults?
Yes we do! We have a diverse, fun and growing adult Irish dance community! We invite those new to Irish dance to join us as well as those with previous experience. Irish dance is a great fitness activity in an artistic and social atmosphere. Learn more about our adult program!
There is a perception that Irish dance involves lots of wigs and expensive costumes. Is that the case at District Irish Dance?
We strive to promote individuality and confidence in every dancer who steps foot in our studio. The “wigs and jigs” impression is a largely inflated, singular image of the Irish dance competitive circuit. We encourage both recreational and competitive tracks. We promote natural hair and traditional, understated costuming, as well as an ongoing refocus on the quality of dancing and the art form itself. We strive to ensure our school image is in keeping with tradition, and we want to make sure that families feel that their wallets are not overwhelmed by expensive costume elements.
What kind of performance opportunities are there for District Students?
At District Academy, we absolutely LOVE to perform and we aim to provide positive, growth-focused opportunities throughout the year (not just St. Patrick's Day!) to enable all of our dancers to showcase their hard work and dedication. We are active in the local community, often appearing at farmers markets, nursing homes and other community centers. Dancers in our District Troupe class are provided even more pre-professional performance outlets, and we have appeared at prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center, The Irish Embassy and on television including Fox5 DC.
What is the commitment for classes and how does tuition work?
For all “Academy Program” regularly scheduled weekly classes, tuition is assessed on a monthly basis and classes run for a 10-month Academy year (September-June). As with any activity that involves honing a skill, it takes time to progress and does require a commitment. We permit all students to withdraw without penalty within 30 days from their first class. After the 30 day permitted withdrawal period, there is an obligation to continue paying tuition for the duration of the class term. Withdrawals are not permitted except in specific circumstances including illness or relocation. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about our class/studio policies.
Does tuition need to be paid up front?
Rather than requiring tuition be paid up front, we split tuition up into 10 monthly payments, hence monthly tuition. Note that we do not pro-rate tuition based on how many classes are held each month, as some months have more classes than other. Clients should they like may choose to pay their tuition in full under “balance payment” on their family account portal on ClassBug.
Do you enroll dancers year-round?
We do permit students to sign up in the middle of a term, however we will often require that new students complete a number of private lessons to get caught up.
I’m not ready to commit (or commit my child) to a full term of classes. Are there other options?
We of course understand the timing might not be right to commit which is why we offer several abbreviated courses and drop-in style classes, including a 6-week beginner Intro to Irish dance course for kids and Celtic Fit - our signature all-level & ages Irish dance fitness class.
How much do classes cost?
Monthly fees for academy program classes begin at $97, and, as you might expect, the more hours/week you attend, the less it ends up costing for each class. Celtic Fit, workshops and other drop-in classes start at $15.
Do you offer any discounts for siblings or multiple class sign-ups?
Yes! We offer a 10% sibling discount as well as for students who enroll in more than 2 classes in a term.