|Irish Ceili / Figure Dancing|
Irish Ceili are traditional Irish group formation dances, taught with easy step-by-step instructions. Have a laugh and get a gentle workout at the same time! Dances taught will include Walls of Limerick, Lannigan’s Ball and a custom 2-hand figure dance.
|Beginner Irish Step Dance|
This course is for beginner students ages 6 to adult with little or no prior experience in Irish dance. We will teach the basic positions and movements of traditional Irish step dance including: "lift 2 3s", hops, cuts, skips, side steps, ankle work, and proper carriage. Additionally, the student will go home having learned a beginner-level traditional Irish Light Jig.
|Irish Soft Shoe Technique|
This workshop is designed for anyone, including absolute beginners, ages 6 years old to adult. Irish dancers with prior soft shoe training can use this workshop to reinforce what they already know and polish off any rough edges. We will focus on perfecting basic soft shoe movements and possibly even expanding on prior technical knowledge. This workshop supports prior training and will not teach any new dances - thus, we welcome Irish dancers from any and all schools who wish to reinforce their basic training over the long summer break.
|Scottish Highland Dancing|
This course teaches the basic positions and movements of Scottish Highland Dancing including: sheddings, pas de basques, toe heels and hi-cuts. Additionally, students will learn the traditional Scottish history behind the dances. This class is taught by instructor Bree Brownlee, BATD certified Highland Dance instructor and owner of Queen of Scots Dance Academy.
|Scottish Ceilidh Dancing|
Learn the Scottish version of Ceili (called Ceilidh) dances including the "Gay Gordons" and "Dashing White Sargents"! This class is taught by instructor Bree Brownlee, BATD certified Highland Dance instructor and owner of Queen of Scots Dance Academy.
|Irish Music (Concert & Lecture)|
This workshop is truly a special treat. Students are treated to an exclusive concert hosted by phenomenal local champion musicians from "Finvarra’s Wren". The band will perform various traditional Irish and Scottish music live using traditional instruments. They will also carefully demonstrate how the instruments work and explain the tradition behind the instruments and tunes presented. This is not a concert to be missed - it is a rare, exclusive treat offered only to our workshop students.
|Celtic Art and Crafts|
A workshop that gives students a chance to tap into or discover their creative side! Using Celtic knot work imagery, students will create their own Celtic Cross, design a decorative Celtic bookmark (complete with handmade pom), and make their own decorated Irish dancer. Participants are required to bring an old t-shirt or apron to wear to protect their clothing.
|Introduction to Irish Gaelic|
This class will teach students basic words and phrases spoken in Irish Gaelic, the native language of Ireland. Irish Gaelic is used frequently in Irish dance and music communities and truly enhances a student's understanding and appreciation for Irish culture. This class is taught by Breege Kelly, an Irish Gaelic Language Instructor and owner of Celtic Cove Irish Gift and Catholic Bookstore.
|Belly Dancing for Beginners|
This highly requested workshop will offer students a glimpse into the art of Belly Dance. We will focus on relaxing into correct bellydance posture, body mechanics, and integrating awareness through movement. We will also warm up with a beautiful series of temple inspired poses and drill body isolations to create stamina, control, and flexability. A few combos full of grace, extensions, and traditional movements will help to inspire the newest of belly dancers. Our instructor, Leilani, has been studying World and Middle Eastern dance for 10 years, is co-director of two performace groups (Karmic Roots Tribal and Izgreyala), and currently teaches Tribal Fusion and American Tribal Style at One Spirit Dance in Pinckney, MI.
|Dancer Wellness & Balance|
This workshop is designed to teach the student simple exercises that can help maintain strong and stable core stability. This is essential to maintaining balance and proper body alignment while dancing and will help reduce the risk of injury and poor technique. This class will be taught by Anna Syrett, a former competitive ice dancer and performer for "Disney on Ice".
|Aerobics for Irish Dancers|
This aerobic class will teach students physical exercises of relatively low intensity and long duration. Benefits of aerobic exercise include strengthening the muscles involved in respiration (to facilitate the flow of air in and out of the lungs), improving circulation efficiency, and reducing blood pressure. For the Irish dancer, the primary benefit is enhanced speed at which muscles recover from high intensity exercise. This class is taught by Claire Ahearn, a graduate of Oakland University in Exercise Science, a certified health fitness instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine, and owner of Class Action Fitness, Inc.
|Anaerobics for Irish Dancers|
This anaerobic class will teach students physical exercises that they can use to promote strength, speed and power. This leads to greater performance in short duration, high intensity activities, which pretty much encompasses everything to do with Irish step dance. This class is taught by Claire Ahearn, a graduate of Oakland University in Exercise Science, a certified health fitness instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine, and owner of Class Action Fitness, Inc.
|Stretching for Dancers|
This workshop teaches students simple stretches that can help maintain strong and flexible muscles and aid in muscle recovery after a rigorous workout, dance class, or performance. It will also teach dancers several excellent stretches to use in a pre-class/performance warm up routine or a post exercise cool down routine. This class will be taught by Anna Syrett, a former competitive ice dancer and performer for "Disney on Ice".
|Irish Hard Shoe Technique|
This workshop is designed for Irish step dancers who already have some prior Irish hard shoe experience. Owning a pair of hard shoes is recommended, but not essential, to take part in this workshop. Dancers who participate in this workshop will focus on perfecting basic hard shoe movements and possibly even expanding on prior technical knowledge. This workshop supports prior training and will not teach any new dances - thus, we welcome Irish dancers from any and all schools who wish to reinforce their basic training over the long summer break.
|Irish Hard Shoe Set Dancing|
This course is designed for Irish Step dancers who already have prior Irish hard shoe experience and who already have a stable understanding of basic hard shoe techniques. Here, students will learn the entire traditional Irish set dance called "The Blackbird".
|Irish Music (Singing)|
This workshop will teach students to sing some entertaining traditional songs from talented musician and all round entertainer Jim Perkins (of Finvarra’s Wren). Jim is a charismatic performer who loves teaching fun songs to a willing audience. All of his material is full of tradition and he’ll be sure to pass on the stories surrounding each song he sings.
|Irish Dance Princess Party|
This party is so exclusive and special that it gets its very own day on Friday, Aug 10th! The ultimate fun social event for young budding fairies and princesses. Dancers will learn a basic dance routine, heavily influenced by various forms of Irish dance and create their own tiara to wear for a special presentation of the dance routine to their loved ones at the end of the party. Open to little girls ages 3 to 5 years old. Participants should come dressed as either a fairy or a princess.
|Celtic Arts and Crafts (Tiny Toes)|
A workshop that gives Tiny Toes a chance to tap into or discover their creative side! Using Celtic knot work imagery, students will create their own Celtic artwork. Students are required to bring an old t-shirt or apron to wear to protect their clothing.
|Irish Music (Bodhran & Whistle)|
It is essential for any dancer to understand the tune and beat to the music they dance to. So with this workshop, students will explore these elements by learning how to play the traditional Irish Bodhran (a percussive drum) and the traditional Irish penny whistle. The focus is for students to grasp an understanding of timing, rhythm, and music flow under the helpful tutelage of champion musicians. The class will end in Ceili dance to live music! And every student gets to take home their own whistle too! Instructors are the Perkins Family (Jim, Cheryl, Allison, and Asher) from Finvarra's Wren.
|Feis Competitor Workshop|
|Beginner (Day 1)|
|Beginner (Day 2)|
|Beginner (Day 3)|
|Beginner (Day 4)|
|Advanced (Day 1)|
|Advanced (Day 2)|
|Advanced (Day 3)|
|Advanced (Day 4)|
Start the new year with a fun and educational all-day Irish dance camp! Geared for children of all skill levels, from pure-beginner to advanced levels. Some of the activities include: creating new Irish dance choreography in a group, Irish arts & crafts, Irish dance games, and stretch/strength/agility drills.
The day camp is on Wed, Jan 2, 2013. Drop off is between 8:00am and 9:00am. Pick up is between 4:00pm and 5:00pm. Participants are required to bring their own lunch and snacks.