The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance is proud to serve dance classes, lessons and instruction to families in Connecticut cities including Newtown, Sandy Hook, Bethel, Danbury, Brookfield, Southbury, Oxford, Ridgefield, Redding, Bridgewater, Roxbury, Monroe, Easton, Middlebury, Georgetown, Weston, Woodbridge, Woodbury, Washington, New Milford, Middlebury, Sherman, Seymour, Naugatuck, Wilton, Bethlehem, Ansonia, Shelton, Trumbull, and New Fairfield, CT among many others! Hire Irish dancers  from our dance school to perform in Litchfield County, New Haven County, Fairfield County, CT and more!

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Proud  CLRG certified Irish step dancing school located in Connecticut, Certified through Dublin, Ireland and registered with Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America and New England, USA.

Class Levels & Pre-Requisites

Little Shamrockers - Our preschool program for preschool students ages 4 and 5 with little or no prior dance experience. The focus of for these young dancers is understanding class structure, learning rhythm, balance, coordination, basic dance positions and movements all to upbeat Irish music.

 

Beginner I - For students in grade school (5 +) with little or no prior Irish dance experience or whom started late in a summer program or spring session. Students will learn basic technique, movements and begin their first Irish dance steps. 

 

Beginner II - Students who have completed one year of beginner I instruction. Minimum requirements are that all dancers can dance 2 reels consecutively to music. 

 

Adv. Beginner - Students who have completed at least one year of Beginner II level instruction. Minimum requirements are that all dancers should be able to consecutively dance 2 reels, 2 light jigs to music as well as movements such as “123s” and “knee 234567.” Competitive students at this level are recommended to take 2 solo classes a week.

 

Novice I - Students who have completed at least one year of Advanced Beginner instruction. Minimum requirements are that dancers should be able to consecutively dance 2 reels, 2 light jigs, and 2 slip jigs as well as movements such as 123s, overs as well as “push pulls” and “doubles” in heavies. Competitive students at this level are recommended to take 2 solo classes a week.

 

Novice II - For competitive and focused students who have completed at least one year of Novice I instruction. Minimum requirements are that dancers should be able to consecutively dance 2 advanced reels, 2 advanced light jigs, 2 slip jigs, 2 fast jigs and 2 fast hornpipes, traditional set drills as well as movements such as 123s, overs and other advanced drills. Novice II students must take 2 or more classes a week as they must continue to practice and reinforce the dances they know whilst also progressing and learning new movements and material.

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Prizewinner I - For competitive and focused students who have completed at least one year of Novice II instruction. Minimum requirements are that dancers should be able to consecutively dance 2 advanced reels, 2 advanced light jigs, 2 advanced slip jigs, 2 fast jigs, 2 fast hornpipes, a traditional set, slow jig drills, as well as movements such as 123s and overs with a "run." Prizewinner I students must take 2 or more classes a week as they must continue to practice and reinforce the dances they know whilst also progressing and learning new movements and material.

 

Prizewinner II - Competitive and focused students who have completed at least one year of Novice I instruction. Minimum requirements are that dancers should be able to consecutively dance 2 advanced reels, 2 advanced light jigs, 2 advanced slip jigs, 2 fast jigs, 2 fast hornpipes, 2 slow jigs, 2 slow hornpipes and a traditional set as well as movements such as 123s, overs/kicks with a “run" and other advanced drills. Prizewinner II students must take 2 or more classes a week as they must continue to practice and reinforce the dances they know whilst also progressing and learning new movements and material.

 

Championship I & II - Competitive and focused students who are in preliminary or open championships at feis. Minimum requirements are that dancers should be able to consecutively dance 3 championship reels, 2 1/2 championship slip jigs, 3 slow championship treble jigs, 2 1/2 championship slow hornpipes, a championship contemporary set dance, and a traditional set dance. Championship students must take 2 or more classes a week as they must continue to practice and reinforce the dances they know whilst also progressing and learning new movements and material. Students will be placed individually based on teachers discretion.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT TRANSFERRING STUDENTS: 

It is important and necessary to disclose if you have competed and danced under another Irish dance school. We follow the rules of CLRG/An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha with regard to transfer students and competition. Transfer students will be placed in a class deemed appropriate by Ashurst Academy staff.