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TCG’s Irish Dancing Program

TCG offers a full range of non-competitive Irish dancing classes for ages 3-14.  Not sure what Irish dancing is all about? Read a detailed explanation of the benefits of Irish dancing here.

We offer weekly classes during the school year, full day Irish dance camps during Winter, Spring, and Summer Break, flexible weekly drop-in classes during the summer, Irish dancing birthday parties on weekends, and fun events like Irish Dancing Parent’s Night Out on special dates throughout the season.

Our weekly classes are separated by age and level, so your child receives the most appropriate structure and instruction.  Our program offers non-competitive classes in both Irish light shoe (somewhat comparable to ballet) and Irish heavy shoe (somewhat comparable to tap). We highly recommend starting off taking one class in each shoe type, as they compliment each other and facilitate quick improvement when taken simultaneously.

We offer TWO free trial classes to all prospective students – one class in light shoe and one class in heavy shoe. Call or email us today to sign up for your two free trial classes so you can see what we’re all about!

What Makes Our Program Different

 
Our Positive Teaching Philosophy

The Children’s Gym is all about making children feel successful. Our motto is inspiring children for a lifetime. We believe that building a child’s confidence comes from helping them see just how great they are, not by bringing them down. Through example, we show our students how to see the good in every experience, while valuing the recognition that there is always room for improvement. We teach our students to enjoy the journey and the hard work that gets you somewhere, instead of focusing solely on outcomes. We encourage our students to be creative, to ask questions, and to be the best that they can be.

Our Passionate Instructors

Our Irish Dancing Program was founded by sisters Christina and Victoria White. They teach all of the weekly classes during the season, and other teachers join them as occasional substitute teachers and for Irish dancing camps, birthday parties, and Parent’s Night Out events. Miss Christina and Miss Victoria grew up on the competitive Irish dancing circuit, both qualifying for and competing at the World Championships multiple times. Miss Victoria won the 2015 Western US Regional Championships, and she has been ranked as high as 24th in the world. Miss Christina has been ranked as high as 7th in the Western US, and both Miss Christina and Miss Victoria have performed with many world-class musicians and groups. Irish dancing is their life – they teach each morning, practice their own performance and competition pieces in the middle of the day, teach each afternoon and evening, and fit in early morning and late night cross-training workouts of their own throughout the week. They absolutely love what they do, and it shows in their laughter and smile-filled classes.

Our Beautiful Dance Studio

Artist Benj Curtis painted a beautiful clover mural on all four walls of our dance studio. It creates a unique and wonderful learning space that makes coming to class exciting each and every day. Add to that our sprung floor, black marley flooring, mirrors, music, and unique class props, and our space is like nowhere else!

Our Small Student-Teacher Ratio

We cap our classes for 3-4 year old students at 5 students, and our classes for ages 5-14 at 6 students. This allows for each student to get plenty of one-on-one instruction from the teacher, as well as positive group interaction. It’s not usual to find dance studios that keep their classes so small, but we think it’s worth it!

Our Non-Competitive Classes

Most Irish dance studios offer mainly competitive classes, but our program is entirely non-competitive. There are no competition fees to pay, no expensive dresses or costumes to buy, and no negative interactions like you often find at competitions. There are many positive aspects to competition, but we try to incorporate those positive experiences into our program so you get all the benefits without any of the negatives! We create opportunities for our dancers to perform, we hold fun events that allow our dancers to bond, and we teach both solo and group dancing. Your dancer gets everything, in one happy place!

Our Commitment to Punctuality, Cleanliness, Organization, and Improvement

We can not stress enough how important it is to us that we are the best that we can be for our families. We always welcome positive and negative feedback, as we do our best to learn from every experience and improve whenever possible. We start and end our classes on time, striving for to-the-second punctuality. Our studio is cleaned every day, and we work hard to be organized in everything we do – whether it be in our monthly emails, keeping our dance studio props neat and tidy, creating lesson plans, etc. We love what we do, and we work hard so that you will love every minute of your Irish dancing experience.

 

Would you like to talk more about why Irish dancing is right for your child?  Our dance director, Miss Christina, is more than happy to meet with you to talk it through!   You can send her an email at irish.dance@childrensgym.com or give her a call at 503-249-JUMP (5867).

Ready to sign your child up for Irish dancing?  Click the link on the top right of the page to register now, or click the links below to learn more!

Weekly Class Schedule

Class Descriptions

Fee Guidelines

Meet the Teachers

Frequently Asked Questions

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