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New Irish Dance classes begin Saturday, April 14

Have you ever wanted to dance an Irish Jig, or Reel for that matter?

Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers will be holding an “Intro to Irish Dance” class this month. Classes are for new students with no prior Irish dance experience, ages 8 and up. This class includes Adults! Students move to the regular Beginner class after the first month of Intro is completed.

Class consists of 30 minutes of Irish dance instruction. Students learn the most basic technique and form through drills and basic choreography.

Intro classes are held Saturdays starting April 14, from 11am – 11:30am.
Cost is $20 for the month of April.

Come join us in learning Irish dance in a fun environment!
Where Irish Dance Comes First!

New Irish dance classes begin January 7, 2012 in South Jordan, Utah

Class time!

Saturday, January 7, 2012 is going to be a busy day in Irish dance! Remember that it is registration day for those who are just joining Rinceoiri, and there will be some great new faces in our classes. For existing students, it’s time to get back to dancing! We know you’ve missed it!

Here is the schedule:

  • Performers 8am – 10am $35mo.
  • Beginning Adult 10am – 11am $25mo.
  • Beginning Under 14 10am – 11am $25mo.
  • Prep 10am – 11:30am $30mo.
  • Siofra & Shamrocks 11am – 11:30am $60 per session
We are not doing an Intro class at this time. Beginners will enter their respective Beginning class along with existing students.
If you need a registration form click here.

Festival of Trees performance our biggest yet

Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers performed to a packed house last Friday night. The festival draws incredible crowds each year and this year was no exception. There were hundreds of people in attendance, with a large portion of those attendees watching one of the state’s best Irish dance groups.

Backstage the feeling of excitement and anticipation was palpable. For many of the dancers, this was their first time performing for an audience. For most, their first time performing for such a large crowd.

“That’s a lot of people,” a young dancer commented while walking on stage.

She easily could have been talking about the number of performers. Sixty-three dancers graced the stage, accompanied by the four member band Shillelagh. A record for Rinceoiri.

“We thought it would be fun to include all the classes this year,” said dancer Brooke Curnow. “The tiny dancers were definitely a hit!”

From the youngest dancer at age three, to the oldest dancer, who declined to give her age but did mention that her grandchildren were in attendance, the group really put on a grand show. On stage and off.

Backstage the group functions like a well-oiled machine. Stephanie Russell performed stage manager duties, checking the clock continually to ensure the show ended on time. A festival rep was overheard commenting “You guys really have it together, I don’t have to do a thing. I was just booking a cruise on my phone.”

And that sentiment appears to be the hallmark of Rinceoiri’s performance mantra. You don’t have to do a thing. Just sit back and enjoy a fun-filled traditional Irish dance show. The group knows what they’re doing, and they do it well.

If you have any photos or video of this performance and would like to see them on the blog or website, please contact Rinceoiri Don Spraoi to make a submission.
Where Irish dance comes first!

The new Irish dance season in Utah begins!

It gets a bit crazy around here in September. Our year is similar to the school year, with regular classes taking a bit of a hiatus during the summer and beginning once again in September. With classes now fully in swing, we can take a tiny breather and post something.

We had a number of performances during the the past few months. Who knew Irish dance would be this popular in Utah over the summer? Our Performers were busy dancing every week, sometimes multiple times a week, and loving every minute of it.

We’re excited to add 10 new dancers to the Performing group. Each one brings something great to our Irish dance family!

We’re also excited about our new Siofra & Shamrock classes. We normally hold a class for younger dancers from January through St. Patrick’s Day, but thought we’d try out a couple of classes starting in September. What can I say? They’re cute as can be!

The Beginner classes, both the Adult and the Under 14, are amazing their teachers with their hard work and joy in dancing. It’s fun to teach these classes because of their enthusiasm!

Last, but certainly not least, our Prep class has really stepped it up! It’s great to see them learn a dance so quickly and to adapt to hardshoe with relative ease. It’s hard work, but they all seem up to the challenge. We see smiles on faces and sweat on brows as students leave classes.  Awesome!

New Irish dance season starts Sept. 10, 2011

Interested in Irish dance???? We have great classes at our South Jordan, Utah location!
Intro (Ages 8 and up)
Intro classes are held Saturdays in January, April, & September starting at 11am until 11:30am.
Intro classes introduce the student to Irish dance.  Students move into the regular Beginner class after the 1st month or 4 weeks of Intro instruction. 
Cost is $20.

Beginning (Adult)
Beginning classes are held Saturdays from 10am – 11am.
Classes consist of one hour of soft shoe instruction. Students learn basic technique and form.

Cost is $25 per month. Tuition is due the 1st Saturday of the month. New students may begin Sept. 10, 2011.

Beginning (Under 14)
Beginning classes are held Saturdays from 10am – 11am.
Classes consist of one hour of soft shoe instruction. Students learn basic technique and form. 

Cost is $25 per month. Tuition is due the 1st Saturday of the month. New students may begin Sept. 10, 2011.

Beginning Hard shoe
Beginning hard shoe classes are held Saturdays from 11am – 11:30am.
Classes consist of 30 minutes of hard shoe instruction. Students learn basic technique and form in hard/jig shoes.

You must be attending a regular Beginner class & have teacher approval in order to take this class. 
Cost is $5 per month. Tuition is due the 1st Saturday of the month. New students may begin Sept. 10, 2011.
See our website for more information.

New Irish Dance classes!

We are excited to add some new classes for younger dancers!

Siofra  – Shee-fra (ages 3&4)
Shamrock (ages 5-7)
11 week class, Sept. 10 – Nov. 19 + Friday, Dec. 2
Siofra & Shamrock classes are held Saturdays from 11-11:30am.
Siofras & Shamrocks will learn a dance to perform at the Festival of Trees.
Tuition is $60; includes costume rental and commemorative t-shirt. Space is limited to 8 students, call to reserve your spot! 756-7720

Summer Irish Dance Workshop

We are happy to announce, we will be continuing classes through the summer this year! The summer workshop will be 6 weeks long.

Our Summer Irish Dance Workshop will help you by going back to basics. Focus on key skills you need to apply, will help to make the movements you are doing look flawless. Over the workshop’s six weeks, focus on drills and perfection while skipping, rocking, twisting, leaping etc. – will really help you further your understanding of the basics of Irish dance.

July 9, 16, 30, August 6, 13, 20.

8-9a    Performer Hard Shoe
9-10a  Performer/Prep Combined Soft Shoe
10-10:30a Prep/Advanced Beginner Hard Shoe (existing classes)
10:30-11:30a Beginner Soft Shoe

We will not start a new Beginner hard shoe class until September.

Performers $60
Prep $45
Beginners $37.50

Full amount due June 25th, if we do not have the minimum number of participants classes will be cancelled.

Welcome new students!

What a fun and crazy day we had in Irish dance classes! Welcome to all our new students! Remember your homework for this week: skip to music, practice making circles or spelling the alphabet with your ankle rotations, & learn about a county in Ireland.

Take a look under the tag “exercise” for hints and tips for exercises and drills to help you with your dancing.

Intro class will be held through the month of April; in May Intro students will move into either the Beginner under 14 or Beginner Adult class.

Beginner under 14 class schedule is as follows:

April – Faerie Reel Sept. – Review Jan. – Review
May – Light Jig Oct. – Siamsa Feb. – Four Hand
June – Ladies Reel Nov. – Siamsa March – Four Hand/ Faerie Reel


Parade & Siamsa Information

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Arrive @ 9am, parade begins @ 10am
Meet at intersection of 400 West and 200 North (no parking)
Parade goes through the Gateway, SLC

St. Patrick’s Day Siamsa
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Siamsa begins @ TBA
400 W. So. Temple, Gateway Grand Hall (east of the fountain)
Union Station, Gateway, SLC

What to wear:
Shamrocks: Black tights/socks, costume provided
Beginners: Black tights/socks, black pants/skirt, shirt to be handed out at parade
Prep: Black tights/socks, green skirt/black pants, white top
All dancers wear street shoes to walk in parade, then change to dance shoes for the Siamsa

Parents: Use your best judgement on outer wear. If it’s cold and rainy, please dress your dancer appropriately. Coats are fine to wear during the parade (except for Performers), but must not accompany dancer backstage.