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|A fun and exciting introduction into the world of Irish dancing. Our little ones learn the basic principals involved in Irish dancing like rhythm, timing, turn out, posture as well as getting in touch with their toes through dance and play.|
|We take our duty of care very seriously and aim to nurture and encourage our dancers to fulfil their Irish dancing potential and achieve their goals.|
|All of our classes start with a thorough warm up & stretching as well as strengthening exercises particularly relevant to the muscles used in Irish dancing.|
|Our beginner soft shoe classes, which cater for boys and girls from 5 years, introduce dancers to the four basic beginner soft shoe dances: Reel, Light Jig, Single Jig and Slip Jig.|
|The beginner soft shoe classes also prepare the dancers for Hard shoe dancing. Our open classes teach more advanced Reels and Slip Jigs.|
|Like the beginner classes the basics of Irish dancing, rhythm, timing, posture, carriage, turn out and crossover are still focused on but attention is increased on strength, flexibility and the degree of difficulty in the intricate steps of Irish dancing.|
|Dancers are invited to join our hard shoe classes, which are run separately, once they have mastered the Beginners Reel and the Light Jig. All dancers begin their Hard Shoe journey with the beginners Double Jig followed by a Traditional Set.|
|Once dancers have mastered the basics of traditional Irish Hard shoe dancing they are constantly challenged with new steps and combinations.|
|Ceili dancing (Pronounced Kay-lee) is group or team dancing. Dancers usually begin in groups of 4 dances with Traditional Ceili dances like the Walls of Limerick and the Four Hand Reel.|
|Dancers then progress onto 6 and 8 hand dances. Figure dances are more modern choreographies involving groups of 2, 3 or 4.|
|At Kavanagh we encourage all of our dancers to partake in teams to help keep up our positive school spirit and teach our dancers how to consider, support and work with other dancers.|