ALL ABOUT US
Join our dance family where innovation meets tradition
McManus Irish Dance, registered member of RTN (Rince Tuatha Nua), affiliated with Cumann Rince Dea Mheasa (CRDM) in Dublin, Ireland- offers traditional Irish Dance classes from ages 2 (see Jiggy Tots below, in class descriptions) through adult- from absolute beginner through advanced/champion levels.
Proud recipient of both the 2019 Irish Echo, prestigious 40 under 40 award
and the NY State Assembly Proclamation of Irish Heritage and Culture.
MID differs as we believe in a truly traditional & culturally based Irish dance experience for each of students. Our instruction and technique are steeped in proper step dancing with a strong emphasis on performance encompassing live traditional music, song and building confident, happy dancers--- all values that are evident in our student's talent, smiles, laughter & testament.
There are also opportunities to compete in traditional Irish dance competitions or feiseanna (without wigs or fake tans).
We offer several class options from weekly, private lessons, workshops, ceili and summer dance programs- from age 2 & up, McManus Irish Dance is happy to find a class to fit your schedule!
**You can also catch many of our talented students and teachers participating in many area traditional music sessions, festivals and other events in both dance and trad music & song. -follow our social media pages [instagram @irishdanceNYC and on Facebook.com/McManusIrishDance] to keep up to date with our local traditional sessions & free community outreach programs/workshops. We will also be hosting our second Queens Irish Heritage Night 2019 on the beautiful East River waterfront in LIC on Saturday September 14th!
-Slán go fóill
CLASSES WE OFFER
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Locations in Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside- Queens
& on the Upper Westside of Manhattan (72nd)
Toddler Dance ages 2-4
Jiggy Tots is a pre-Irish dance & movement class, uniquely tailored for ages 2-4 (with a participating adult).
Each class works on building strength, developing gross motor skills, coordination, body awareness and movement creativity thru dance and educational games utilizing counting and colors. (Sometimes including a few words in Irish language).
Upbeat traditional Irish music and song-- combined with popular toddler songs, clapping, stamping and shakers are also used to explore rhythm and a variety of time signatures.
Young Pre-K thru Kindergarten aged dancers
A true intro to Irish Dance class suitable for the youngest dancers (and post Jiggy Tots). Focus on basic posture, timing and first level technique/beginner steps- in jig and reel time, all set in a patient and fun enviornment- often incorporating a special seasonal dance each semester.
VARIOUS KIDS CLASSES (LEVELED)
Kids ages 6 thru teen
We offer a variety of leveled classes for kids between 6-18. Classes are based on age/dance level, serving both recreational & competitive dancers. [similar levels are availble in both soft and hard shoe classes].
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