The Shamrock School is a great environment for children to learn Irish dance and make long lasting memories.We require the children to attend class weekly, and perform in at least two of our shows during the month of March and participate in our end of the year performance in May.
We do offer the competitive side of Irish dancing as well, but this is not mandatory. We do encourage our dancers to give it a try at least once.
For class attire, we have school t-shirts & sweatshirts for sale which we encourage everyone to wear for classes, but a t-shirt and shorts or leggings are also acceptable for dance class. NO JEANS! We suggest dressing in layers during the winter months.
Q: What is appropriate to wear to dance class? Does my child need specific shoes or uniform?
A: Dancers must wear athletic wear ie: shorts, t-shirts, leggings. For girls, black ballet slippers are fine for beginners but after the first year and a half we recommend Irish gillies. For boys, black jazz shoes for the first year and a half and then purchase boy reel shoes. We will notify you when it is time to purchase hardshoes.
Q: What is the age range for beginner students?
A: Our beginners are generally ages 4 years to 12 years of age. There are instances where if a child is picking up quickly we will move him or her to a more appropriate class.
Q: Are there any events that happen through the year?
A: Yes, we do have shows in the month of March around the St. Patrick's Day season, we do participate in the Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade and we have an end of the year recital in May.
Q: How many classes does my child have to take a week?
A: Most of our students take one class a week each semester, it is not required to take anymore than one. But if your child becomes more interested in Irish Dance and would like to start competing, we do reccommend taking a second class or pairing one class with a private lesson. The children retain more information and comprehend material a lot faster when they take more than one class a week.
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