Irish Dancing Camp!

In this 1 week camp, kids will learn the basic Connemara style reel steps!
Capital Irish Arts
25 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 5 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.

55 minutes

per class

5x per week

over 1 week


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

1) our signature warmup (beats, side steps, transitions)
2) An timeál (the timing) step
3) How to improvise with Irish music
4) Connemara steps: the basic, the out & cross, the heel & toe, the gallop step, the quick heels
5) How to create your own 8 bar steps in this tradition
This curriculum has been written by renowned traditional Irish dancer/musician and teaching artist Shannon Dunne.
Her work with master dancers such as Róisín Ní Mhainín, Pádraig Ó hOibicín, Gearóid and Patrick Devane, among many others, has given her intimate access to the tight-knit Irish dance community in Ireland and the United States, and has afforded her a place among the top sean-nós dancers in North America. The Washington Post called her dancing, "Playful musicality! Spirited and fun!" She was a qualifier for the All Ireland Fleadh in 2017, as MidAtlantic Champion. Her multi-generational company, Shannon Dunne Dance has won many titles and commendations, including 2 All-Ireland medalists and 1 All-Ireland special commendation. 

Shannon has received grants and fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has performed on stages across the globe, including the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Symphony Space in New York City, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in D.C., and been a featured soloist with groups such as the Mick Moloney's Celitc Appalachia and Green Fields of America, Kitchen Quartet, and represented Ireland in Christylez Bacon's Washington Sound Museum. 
To bring/wear: 
A water bottle
Comfortable clothing to move

It is recommended, but not necessary, that children wear "noisy" shoes, that is shoes that make noise when they strike the floor, of any kind: rubber, hard rubber, leather, taps, etc.   

Dance is a physical activity, and this style of dance is similar to tap dance, it is low to the ground and focused on rhythm and footwork.   Though it is not as athletic as the "Riverdance" style of Irish dance, it is still a gross-motor, physical activity and children should have a dedicated open dance space, preferably 6x6 or larger.    Obviously, any obstructions in the dance space could lead to collision and injury.   The clearer and larger the space, the better. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learner progress is assessed throughout the hour by the teacher. Our teaching curriculum requires teachers to frequently assess the students' understanding so that we can make adjustments to the level of difficulty. 
4 hours 35 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Dancing is a physical activity. Please make sure dancers are wearing appropriate clothing and have a space to dance (ideally 4'x4' or larger) so that they may move without risk of injury.  
Sean-nós Dancers:  
Roisín Ni Mhainin:
The MacDonagh Brothers:


Additional dancers: 
John Joyce:
Liam Scanlon:
Emma O'Sullivan:

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Capital Irish ArtsTraditional Irish Music & Dance
25 total reviews
15 completed classes

About Us

Capital Irish Arts offers classes in traditional Irish arts: dance, music, and folklore/drama. 

CIA was founded in 2006 by renowned sean-nós dancer and concertina player, Shannon Dunne. Though other studios offer dance and music instruction,... 
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