Classes at EIDS/GC
At EIDS/Goggin-Carroll, dancers learn traditional solo dances, as well as ceili (pronounced kay-lee, group dancing). Boys and girls ages 4 and up are welcome, from absolute beginners through world champions. Classes run year-round, and new dancers can get started at any time. All classes incorporate traditional Irish music.
Our certified TCRG instructors (in Gaelic, Teagascóir Choimisiúin le Rinci Gaelacha) are under the direction of Goggin-Carroll School of Irish Dance, Oakville, Ontario, and are endorsed by An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha, Ireland. Experienced, retired dancers also assist during classes, so students receive lots of individual attention. The curriculum focuses on proper technique and poised performance, and the classroom atmosphere is both challenging and encouraging.
Goggin-Carroll also enjoys an affiliation with the McGahan Lees Irish Dance Academy, England. This affiliation helps our TCRGs keep abreast of the latest teaching techniques and trends in Irish dance worldwide. It also affords our advanced students unique opportunities to train with accomplished dancers and instructors from around the world.
As our dancers master skills and gain confidence, they progress through these class levels:
Beginner - Students typically attend class for one hour per week. Students learn basic soft shoe technique and progress to more complex steps as skills develop.
Advanced Beginner - Introduction to ceili dancing and hard shoe dances.
Preliminary and Open Champions - Students learn complex form and technique, and a high level of endurance is required. Dancers have unique opportunities to attend workshops with world-renown instructors.
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