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If you are new to Irish dancing, you have to process a huge amount of information in a short amount of time in order to better understand the activity. What is Irish dancing? At what age to start? What equipment do I need for lessons? How do I register? The answers to these and other questions can be found below. If not, we will be happy to advise you.

WHAT IS IRISH DANCING?

Ireland has a very rich dance culture and many styles are offered under the term Irish dance. Irish dancing is danced solo and in pairs, from childhood to the elderly. For a better idea, here we offer a picture of the basic division.

​Solo forms
Group forms
  • What style to start with?
    Irish step dancing (soft shoes and Irish step) is the most popular style of Irish dance in the Czech Republic and in the world. Especially among children, teenagers and young adults. This style was greatly popularized by dance shows traveling around the world. Another attraction is the possibility of competition. It is a relatively physically demanding activity that requires attention and patience. From the beginning, you will process instructions for the stance and posture of the body in the given movement, foreign terminology and combine dance combinations into short dances. If you are more ambitious and want to move somewhere in this style, expect it to take some time. In the inSpiral Dance company, we also offer lessons for those interested in competitions and exams, as well as for everyone who is interested in mastering this activity in a quality and stress-free manner. “Show dancing” are Irish step dancing lessons suitable for youth and adults who have been captivated by Irish music or Irish dance shows. In these lessons, you will stretch your body and spirit and are guaranteed to recharge your batteries. We recommend that you already master the basic dance technique in soft shoes and Irish step. Our traditional set dancing course is suitable for anyone who is interested in Irish step and has a safe command of the basic step technique. It aims to cover all 7 traditional set dances (St.Patrick's Day, Blacbird, Garden of Daisies, Job of Journeywork, King of the Fairies, Jockey to the Fair and The Three Sea Captains) that are danced at competitions and dance rehearsals . Knowing all these dances is not only a challenge, but the dancer gets a wide variety of tap elements and combinations. It is an ideal supplementary course for those already taking Irish Step lessons. Society dances - ceilí, set dancing, couple dances - are suitable for all ages, but are more appreciated by adults. The dances are danced in different formations, so it is not necessary to register as a couple. On the other hand, it is a great opportunity to spend free time with your partner or friends. Although it is possible to compete in ceilí dances, you will find greater application with these dances at dances with live or reproduced music. Ceilí dances are popular in the Czech Republic, but set dancing is also growing in popularity. At our dances, you can dance a selection across these styles. Our lessons with this focus are ideal preparation for such social events. In our Irish dance lessons for children , the main content is Irish step dancing (soft shoes and Irish step), we also present simpler ceilí dances and create choreographies. We play games and get to know Ireland not only through dance. Children have the opportunity to participate in competitions, dance rehearsals, but also in performances. We take lessons from 5 years old. Sean nós dancing. In Ireland, this style is practiced by children, youth, adults and seniors. In the Czech Republic, you will encounter this style on the margins, rather as part of the performances of dance groups. At the same time, it is nothing complicated. Our sean nós dancing lessons are taught by the most experienced instructors in the Czech Republic, who were trained in this style by the most prominent Irish dance masters of this time. In the lessons, we gradually lead the dancers to understand and master this style, and we create space for personal grasping. The goal is to dare to dance whenever the opportunity arises.
  • How is the dance lesson going?
    Each lesson has a different focus and therefore a different teaching structure. Generally, however, it starts with warming up and stretching the whole body, followed by the technical and teaching part of the lesson and stretching at the end.
  • What to bring to the lesson?
    It's a brisk activity that will make you sweat. At least for all lessons in soft shoes and Irish step, we recommend bringing comfortable sports clothes to change into. Irish dancing should be performed in shoes designed for the given style. We will be happy to advise you on the selection. We do not require complete beginners. See “DANCE SHOES FOR IRISH DANCING” for more information. Regular replenishment of liquids is necessary, so take some water with you.
  • Where can I sign up for a lesson?
    You must be a member to log in. After creating a personal account, you will log in directly from your account. Create an account: Create an account by logging in to the member section in the main menu in the upper right corner. In the member section, you can choose according to the current offer.
  • Where to buy dance shoes?
    If you are interested in buying new or second-hand shoes, we are happy and willing to advise you on the choice of shoes. We also have a stock of second-hand heavy shoes/soft shoes, which, if we have them available in a suitable size, we are happy to lend them for a small fee for the duration of the lesson (usually the school year). TIP! In the Czech Republic, Václav Bernard represents the Irish company Inisfree and Crespi from Italy. The deadline for orders is set every 15th day of the month. More detailed information can be found at bernards.cz (store). WE DO NOT RECOMMEND the purchase of Irish steppes or Czech-made soft shoes.
  • What are the appropriate dance shoes for Irish dancing?
    Irish dancing is very specific in terms of movement and each style requires a different type of footwear. In lessons for complete beginners, we do not force anyone to buy special shoes immediately after the first lesson. To begin with, a pair of socks or training shoes (for soft shoes) or training shoes with a firmer sole, but which do not restrict movement in the ankle (Irish step), are sufficient. For ballroom dancing, comfortable shoes that allow safe movement. Only after you've mastered the movement a bit, have you verified that it's an activity you'll stick with for a while, we'll leave it up to you to get the right footwear. Soft shoes/ghillies/pumps/reel shoes are specially designed dance shoes for Irish dancing. They are made of soft leather, in black color. The women's version is lace-up - it has long laces that cross through leather loops and then tie around the ankle and under the arch back up to the instep. They are similar to shoes for Scottish dancing or ballet. The men's version (so-called boys reel shoes) are ankle boots with a heel and are very flexible. Hard (heavy) shoes / Jig shoes are specially designed shoes intended only for Irish Step. These are very flexible leather ankle boots with a strap over the ankle, a firm heel and a so-called tip, or sound box, which is located on the front of the shoe. Using the heel and front tip, the dancer creates the required rhythm. Sean nós dancing and Set dancing do not require specific footwear to be performed. But comfortable shoes with a firm leather sole and a low, wide heel are recommended. In both styles, the rhythm is tapped close to the floor. CAUTION! Each style and brand differs in size numbering. They also differ according to dance level. Some of them stretch out a lot after a few wears and it's a good idea to get them smaller than your normal size. Others are made in such a way that they only minimally adapt to the shape of the foot.
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