Celtic Heels School of Dance

'Join in the fun of the Jigs and Reels'

Class Descriptions: Greenfield + Florence, MA

ADULT CLASSES:

Irish Step Dance (for Adults): Our step class for adults has ongoing enrollment and each dancer will work at their own level learning either soft shoe or hard shoe steps, as the instructors rotate between the groups enabling everyone to progress at their own pace.  

Ceili Dance (for Adults): Ceili dances are Irish group dances done in various formations with footwork that can either be done with small low impact movements or high energy bouncy steps which makes this class accessible to all levels of dancers.  No partner nor prior dance experience is needed.  During the first class of each month or workshop we welcome new students to come learn the basic steps.  On your second week you will be incorporated into the group to join in the fun!

Barre Fitness (for Teens & Adults): These classes, while Ballet inspired, require no previous dance experience.  Barre Fitness uses a combination of Ballet-inspired postures & movements, targeted core strength exercises and isometric strength training using small, medium and large range-of-motion movements.  You are sure to feel the burn while learning proper body alignment for overall health in your daily life.

KIDS CLASSES:

 There are many benefits of dance; younger students learn to follow instruction and gain a sense of discipline. They focus on coordination and balance and how to control their bodies in motion. Older dancers are encouraged to focus on proper technique, turnout, posture and alignment. All students become more comfortable performing before groups and learn to work as part of a team.          Classes run Sept-June, showcasing a recital at the end of the semester.

Irish Soft Shoe & Hard Shoe Classes (for kids): Classes incorporating both Soft Shoe and Hard Shoe Step Dancing are offered for ages 6-7 and 8+.  Group Ceili Dance is also taught as part of this program. 

Hard Shoe Irish & Tap: This combo class is offered for ages 3-7, focusing 2/3 of each lesson on Irish Hard Shoe Dancing and 1/3 on Rhythmic Tap to help younger students develop a solid sense of rhythm, timing and foot articulation. Classes incorporate learning cadences with hands and feet, drills across the room, dance games and more! 

Soft Shoe Irish & Ballet: This combo class is offered for ages 4+, focusing 2/3 of each lesson on Irish Soft Shoe Dancing and 1/3 on Ballet to help younger students develop proper extension, muscle control and strength. Classes incorporate learning various positions and steps, jumps and spins across the room, dance games and more!

Tap: Full Tap classes are offered for dancers ages 8+. Students build on previously learned rhythms and steps and learn how to accentuate various movements to change the sounds produced with only their feet.  Become your very own musical instrument! 

Lyrical / Turns & Leaps: Lyrical classes are offered to students ages 9+ if already enrolled in ballet class or with other relevant prior dance experience.  This class allows students to be expressive and creative with their movements to tell a story through dance. Time is also spent exploring more advanced turns and leaps than those taught in the Ballet program. 

Ballet: Full Ballet classes are offered for dancers ages 7+. While students learn proper ballet technique at the barre, our classes also incorporate fun and fast paced combinations across the floor with a dance game or two mixed in.  It is possible to learn ballet in a fun way!

Pointe Ballet:  Pointe classes are offered to students already enrolled in Advanced Ballet.  This class is by instructor invitation only. 

Kids Magic Carpet Yoga: This creative movement class incorporates music and song alongside Yoga poses.  Held once a month, we travel on a new adventure together on our magic carpet yoga mat to explore a new place in our imaginations.  Students work on breathing techniques using 'breathing buddies' exploring how to be still and calm.  Older students also learn partner poses that are fun to show their friends!