IRISH DANCE IS FOR EVERYONE - ALL AGES AND ETHNICITIES
Beginners classes start from as young as age 3 while our adult classes for fitness and laughs are also well attended.
While many girls are drawn to Irish dance, boys love it too and enjoy the physicality of the hard shoe dances as their skills increase.
The journey for an Irish Dancer is long and full of challenges along the way to keep it interesting. For many, competing in and winning Championships becomes the goal, but enduring friendships, key life skills and personal confidence is the real reward.
The aim of beginners classes is to introduce dancers to the fundamental skills of Irish Dance in a fun, engaging way.
Beginners classes are held weekly for half an hour and dancers learn the basic reel, soft-shoe jig and first hard-shoe dance. By the end of their first year, most beginners will be able to perform at their first competition (feis).
Separate beginners classes for boys are also available.
Age: From 3 years upwards
- Monday 3.30 - 4.15 pm,St Marks School, Basin Reserve
- Wednesday 3.30-4, St Ninians Church, Karori
- Saturday 10-10.30am, Crofton Downs School
Please contact ReelJig to register your interest.
Cost: $150 (+gst) per term. Dancers can attend their first class for free.
Our adult classes have a focus on fun and fitness at a pace that is challenging and relative to young adults and adults. This class is suitable for older children from 12 years to join also.
Class venue/time: Monday 7.30-8.30pm, Wellington Irish Society, Fifeshire Ave
Cost: $60 (+ gst) per 4 week module.
Championship classes are for dancers who have completed beginner stage and want to challenge themselves through the competitive ranks, from small local Feis through to the New Zealand National Championships.
All championships dancers learn at least 3 solo dances per year and also join competitive Ceili (group dance) teams. The combination of solo and team dancing gives dancers the ability to challenge themselves individually but also learn the fundamentals of team work - and make great life-long friendships.
ReelJig Junior, Intermediate and Senior class groups are set based on age and ability. All championship dancers are required to attend classes twice a week, and at least 3 times per week prior to the NZ National Championships at the end of term 3.
Many championship dancers travel 2-3 times per year to other New Zealand and International Feis. This helps to motivate and grow their competitiveness, and enriches the whole dancing and cultural experience.