PRESCHOOL IRISH DANCE CLASSES
Pre-Irish Classes Specifically Designed for Ages 3 to 6
SATURDAYS 9:00-10:00 AM! JOIN ANYTIME!
Innovation, imagination, creativity galore -- our Pre-Irish classes are like no others!
We utilize a unique class structure that helps children learn how to be successful in a classroom environment, to interact positively with classmates and teachers, and to experience a unique physical, mental, and musical activity. Students learn basic Irish dancing movements and technique, and we practice numbers (including counting to ten in Irish!), letters, and musical exercises. Students gain balance and coordination, switching quickly between exciting activities and engaging class props. We build confidence with our encouraging teaching style, so our students bounce out of each class smiling and excited for next time!
Performing a Special Recital Routine
As if all that wasn't more than enough fun, our Pre-Irish students also learn a special routine that they perform in the end-of-season Recital (pandemic permitting - it is not confirmed yet whether or not we will be having a Recital in 2022). It's possibly the cutest thing you'll see all year, and it's such a valuable experience for them! Preparing the routine takes months of practice, and getting on stage is a big deal to our littlest performers. We look forward to it every year!
Ready to sign up for a free trial class?
Our Pre-Irish Class is offered on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00 am at our dance studio inside The Children's Gym (1625 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232). New students ages 3-6 are welcome to sign up for a FREE trial class! If you sign up within a week of your free trial class, you can also apply our New Student Special Offer, which gives you half off your first four weeks of classes PLUS we waive the annual registration fee (usually $45)! Your trial class is completely free, regardless of enrollment, so sign up today and come see first-hand why our Pre-Irish classes are so much fun!
Pandemic Safety Protocols
A vaccinated (two shots) adult is required to accompany their dancer into the facility and remain on site for the whole class in case of bathroom or other such needs. Masks are optional, and no one else is permitted in the building at this time to lessen exposure for all. Send students with a water bottle, as drinking fountains are currently deactivated. We are socially distancing in the building and during class, with class sizes limited to just 6 students per class and tape lines on the dance studio floor marking space for each student, each space just slightly larger than 7x7 feet. The building's ventilation systems have been updated, and we also have an air purifier running in the studio. The building is cleaned by a professional cleaning company every evening after classes, and teachers and staff are cleaning and disinfecting as needed throughout the day.
RIVERDANCE: THE ANIMATED ADVENTURE
If you haven't watched this movie yet, it's a must-see for you and your little one! Riverdance: The Animated Adventure was released in the US on Netflix in January of 2022 and quickly hit the Top 10 on Netflix's Most Watched in 71 countries PLUS Top 2 on Netflix in Kids Content in the US! It will have your little one dancing nonstop!
Featuring an original score from Grammy Award winning composer Bill Whelan, it stars an impressive Irish voice cast including Pierce Brosnan, John Kavanagh, Brendan Gleeson and Aisling Bea. Faithful to its roots, it also features the dancers’ incredible craft and skill, by utilising motion capture of their performances to create the animated dancing in the film.
Riverdance: The Animated Adventure follows an Irish boy named Keegan (Sam Hardy) and a Spanish girl named Moya (Hannah Herman Cortes) as they journey into the mythical world of the legendary Megaloceros Giganteus, who teach them to appreciate Riverdance as a celebration of life. The film also stars Lilly Singh, Jermaine Fowler and Pauline McLynn and features a brand-new single by Ireland’s musical sensation, Lyra.