Irish dance classes in Richmond, VA

"Dance with your heart and your feet will follow."

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Class Descriptions

We offer Irish dance classes & private lessons for ages 3 to adult at our studio located in Midlothian, VA.  Heart of Ireland's dance studio is on Midlothian Turnpike just 1 mile east of Route 288.  Look on our schedule page for days and times for your class choice.

Irish Dance for Beginnners                  Irish Dance for Continuing/Transfer Students

Sprites 1 - Irish Dance for Preschoolers - 30-minute class
Children must be potty trained.
This class is designed for preschool and kindergarten children ages 3-5. Students will learn the building blocks of Irish soft shoe dancing and how to fit their steps to the rhythm of the music. Irish dance Midlothian / Chesterfield, VirginiaDuring the summer months and in our daytime class, the Sprites 1 and Sprites 2 classes are combined into one Sprites class.

Sprites 2 - Irish Dance for Young Beginners - 30-minute class
This class is designed for preschool and kindergarten children ages 5-6. Students will learn the building blocks of Irish soft shoe dancing and how to fit their steps to the rhythm of the music.  New dancers who are 5 years old must start in the Sprites 1 class.  During the summer months and in our Saturday fall/winter classes, the Sprites 1 and Sprites 2 classes are combined into one Sprites class.

Beginner Soft Shoe - 30-minute class
Students will start with basic soft shoe steps including reels and single jigs. For students ages 7 to 12 (co-ed).

Beginner Hard Shoe - 30-minute class
Students will start with basic hard shoe steps including traditional treble jigs and treble reels. For students ages 7 to adult or by recommendation.

Beginner Teen/Adult Soft Shoe  - 45-minute class
This is a progressive-track class. Students will start with basic soft shoe steps including reels, single jigs and light jigs. For students ages 13 to adult. 

Ceili for Teens & Adults - 60-minute class
Students will learn basic movements required to perform Irish ceili (figure) dances and learn 1 dance during each session. No special shoes required.  For students age 13 to adult.

Irish Dance for Continuing/Transfer Students:

We welcome transfer students from any Irish dance program!  We will meet with you and/or have you try out a class or two to make sure we find the perfect fit for you within our studio family.  We pride ourselves on making class recommendations for EACH student based on their individual abilities, experience and learning pace, and not just on age or years of study. 

Advanced Beginner Soft Shoe - 45-minute class
This class is for continuing students by recommendation.  They will continue to work on basics and add light jigs and slip jigs to the students' soft shoe repertoire.

Advanced Beginner Hard Shoe - 45-minute class
This class is for continuing students by recommendation. This class will add traditional hornpipes to the students' repertoire as well as the traditional set dance, St. Patrick's Day.  

Primary Soft Shoe - 45-minute class
This class is for continuing students who compete at the Primary level in soft shoe or by recommendation. 

Primary Hard Shoe - 45-minute class
This class is for continuing students who compete at the Primary level in hard shoe, or by recommendation.

Intermediate & Open Soft & Hard Shoe - 60-minute classes
These classes are for continuing students by recommendation.

Ballet for Irish Dancers - 45-minute class
This class is suggested for all students at the Primary level and higher. Class will work on basic ballet technique along with exercises to promote turn-out, strength and flexibility.

Additional Information:
Heart of Ireland students will have opportunities to compete through the World Irish Dance Association. Competition is not required, but is left up to each student and family. Heart of Ireland also has 3 performance groups, Celtic Treble, Celtic Beats and Celtic Pulse, which perform throughout the community at school fitness and international nights, area carnivals and festivals, nursing homes and other venues. Participation in the performance companies is by invitation and is subject to additional fees for costumes and travel.

Students transferring from other Irish dance schools are placed in a class after an evaluation. They may participate in WIDA feiseanna after a re-training period.

Please contact us with any questions about class offerings or placement.  If there's a class you want and it's not listed here, or it's not offered at a time you need, just let us know.  We'll do our best to accommodate you!