The Children's Gym
1625 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
9 am to 3 pm
Sign up for 1, 2, 3, 4, or all 5 days in any given week!
$100 per day
+ Required Uniform Shirt
$20 per shirt
Camp is an extra fun way for new students to try out Irish dancing and a great way for current students to keep up their skills and continue progressing during school breaks.
Ages 5 to Teen
Campers are placed into age-appropriate groups each day determined by enrollment. Camp is even better with friends! Consider coordinating schedules with friends and signing up together!
No Dance Shoes
No dance shoes needed! Campers are welcome to do all the dance classes in socks, or if they happen to have ballet or tap shoes at home, those work great, too!
Masks are optional, and campers are not required to be vaccinated. All camp coaches and instructors will be fully vaccinated, and we have an air purifier in the studio.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN EACH DAY
Light Shoe Lesson
Jump, jig, and learn to float across the floor! Light shoe is full of energy, height, and excitement! Campers get a light shoe lesson each day of camp. Campers new to Irish dancing learn basic moves and patterns and are introduced to the 10 technical elements of how we dance. No dance shoes required!
Heavy Shoe Lesson
Stomp, pound, crash, bang, boom! Campers get a chance to make noise, connect with the music, and feel the rhythm in their heavy shoe lesson. Campers new to Irish dancing learn basic moves and patterns and are introduced to the 10 technical elements of how we dance. No dance shoes required!
Ceili is an Irish word, pronounced kay-lee, that refers to social group dancing. Campers learn and dance a group routine with their friends to wonderful Irish music, and it is SO much fun! Ceili dancing dates back hundreds of years and brings a special element of tradition to our camp day!
"The kids told me 'the parrot story' the whole car ride home!" ~ a common greeting we get from parents the second day of camp.
Inspired by our dear friends at CRC, Nonfire Bonfire has become a staple at Irish Dance Camp! We sing traditional Irish songs and some funny camp tunes, as well as tell some special campfire stories!
"Who is 'The Chef'?"
"What is the Daily Special?"
"The Chef" may become a household name for you once your dancer has been to our camp. We don't want to spoil all the surprises, so all we can tell you is the Coloring Cafe is an extremely popular end to each camp day -- campers don't want to leave!
Weather and schedule permitting, we walk next door to the park for some fun in the sun! There is a grass field, a play structure, turf, and a track. Whether it's playing group games like Capture the Clover, doing conditioning exercises on the track, or learning a ceili dance, we love to get our Vitamin D! D is for dance, after all!
Games & Activities
We start each camp day with free play during check-in time, providing Irish books in our special reading corner and an impressive array of adorable custom-made Irish games and puzzles. Throughout the camp day, we also sneak in the occasional Irish limbo, Irish bingo, group games, and dance parties!
Campers go bonkers for our camp beads! Inspired by our own experiences at outdoor school as kids, campers can collect beads throughout the camp day. There are 36 different types of beads: hearts, stars, and flowers, and then some extra special beads that we hand-make out of shrinky dinks prior to camp! They're pretty cool!
WHAT PARENTS SAY
"I just had an hour and a half lesson from my 5 year old who has spent the last 4 days with Christina and Victoria. I have never seen her this intense about anything. It's because of Christina and Victoria, who combine talent, discipline, and skill in teaching with what seems to be an unlimited store of sunny sweetness. I don't have a particular connection to Irish dance, but I feel so lucky to be able to offer my daughter the influence of teachers who bring such joy to their work."
~ KATE, MOM OF A DANCER ~
"The whole car ride home I heard "the parrot story" over and over. It's the little things like that that make OIDA's camps phenomenal. So many camps my kids try out are just daycare - Irish Dance Camp goes above and beyond to make camp fun. My girls always want to go back."
~ JILL, MOM OF 2 DANCERS ~
"This camp is incredible. It's not just learning to Irish dance, it's beads, "The Chef", ubby dubby, crafts -- the most awesome crafts! The point is, it's FUN. They fill a day for my daughters with fun activities that they talk my ear off about when they get home. We love OIDA!"
~ STEVE, DAD OF 2 DANCERS ~
"My daughter asks me when the next Irish dance camp is, how cool is that? She can't wait for the next one. She loves Irish dancing for sure, but she says her favorite part of Irish dance camp is the crafts. Miss Christina is definitely the craft queen!"
~ HANNAH, MOM OF A DANCER ~