ALL ABOUT US
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McManus Irish Dance, founded and led by Patricia McGuigan (McManus), TCRG, are a proud member of RTN (Rince Tuatha Nua). MID offers traditional Irish Dance classes from ages 2 (see Jiggy Tots below, in class descriptions) through 18- from absolute beginner through advanced/champion levels.
Our classes are conveniently located in Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City, Queens.
MID believes 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 feisanna (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 trad sessions & free community outreach programs/workshops. We will also be hosting our fourth Queens Irish Heritage Night on the beautiful East River waterfront in LIC this summer!
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CLASSES WE OFFER
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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.
JIGGY TOTS "SENIOR"/YOUNG BEGINNERS
Young Pre-K thru Kindergarten aged dancers
A true intro to Irish Dance class suitable for the youngest dancers (a independent participation merge of Jiggy Tots with beginner level Irish Dance). 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.
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