What will a dancer learn at class?
Dancers will be taught different steps and movements based on their ability and experience. Read through the Class Descriptions section under the classes tab for more class specific information on what a dancer will learn.
Where do parents and siblings wait during the class?
Parents and siblings are typically asked to wait outside of the dance studio so your dancer and the other dancers in the class can focus on the instructor as well as their own dancing (many dancers get nervous while learning new material in front of an audience!) We suggest using this time to run a quick errand or grab a bite to eat. However, parents are more than welcome to observe their dancer's first trial class as long as you watch quietly in the designated area so the dancers aren't distracted.
Will there be opportunities for parents and family members to watch their dancer?
Yes! We will have parent watch classes scheduled and hope to have plenty of performance opportunities in the community where family, friends and neighbors can come watch and cheer on their dancer!
Are dancers expected to practice at home? If so, how long and what do they practice?
Dancers are encouraged to practice at home the steps and movements they learn at class. The frequency and amount of time spent practicing depends on the age and level of the dancer. For example, 10-15 minutes each day is a nice length of practice time for those just starting where as 30-60 minutes is better for advanced dancers. Those in the beginner and intermediate levels will receive a typed up document of the words of the steps that can be read and used as a prompt to practice at home. Additionally, periodic progress reports are sent home with lower level dancers. Advanced dancers are expected to acquire and maintain the steps at class and should know what they need to practice based on in class critiques.
Where can we purchase an official Heartland Irish Dancers t-shirt? When are they required at class?
Dancers are asked to wear an official HID t-shirt to classes by the start of their third month. However, plain black or white t-shirts will continue to be approved to wear at class.
Where can we purchase Irish dance shoes and socks?
Dancers in the Beginner Irish Step Class will only need soft shoes. Dancers in the Intermediate and Advanced Irish Step Dance Class will also need Hard Shoes (Before purchasing shoes please ask your instructor if there are gently used/discounted shoes in your size and also to verify the brand and style that is best for your dancer's age and level)
Will you offer an Irish Dance Summer Camp?
Depending on interest and space availability, we do hope to offer an Irish dance summer camp in the summer of 2018. Irish dance summer camps incorporate stretching, technique and choreography as well as Irish dance themed crafts and team building activities.
What will dancers wear at performances?
Dancers will wear the designated performance costume as directed by Mrs. Emily. Costumes are determined by the dancers age and level of dancing. Additionally, dancers will need to make sure they have the proper dance shoes, socks and hair accessories in order to perform. All dancers and families will be given more information on these requirements from Mrs Emily.
Will Heartland Irish Dancers have the option to compete?
Yes. Since Mrs. Emily has her TCRG (dance teaching certification) all Heartland Irish Dancers are eligible to compete in sanctioned events once they have mastered enough steps/dances. Keep in mind dance competitions are completely optional and not the primary or only focus of HID. Dancers will be supported in whatever their Irish dance goals might be-- recreational, performance based, competitive... or all of the above!
How do we book the Heartland Irish dancers for an upcoming event?
Just contact HID and we will do our best to accommodate your request!
Will you start an Irish dance club or elective course at our school?
Depending on availability, we'd welcome the opportunity to start an Irish dance club or elective course at your school! Just have your school administrator contact us!