Jump'n Jig is a licensed, Irish dance preschool program for ages 18 months to 5 years old. Our preschool program focuses on developing coordination, self-esteem and social skills through dance, music and play. This is the First and only licensed Irish Dance preschool program in Orange Co NY and Sullivan Co. New York and Pike Co. PA. Jump'n Jig has become popular for little ones to have fun while learning and building development milestones.
Classes provided the fundamental basics of Irish Dance through the use of popular nursery rhymes, Irish music, props, color and plenty of fun.
Our Jump'n Jig Dancers progress to our Tiny Tots Class upon receiving a certificate at our annual Jump'n Jig Irish Dance ceremony at the Sheahan Gormley School of Irish Dance
Our Tiny Tots Irish Dance class promotes a scaffolded approach of learning Irish dance, thus ensuring success is achieved and celebrated daily by each of our Tiny Tot Dancers. Our dancers have the opportunity to form friendships, learn to work as a team, practice listening skills, be creative and following instruction. Our Tiny Tots program is designed to instill skill sets included but not limited to counting, memorization, balance, and rhythm in a fun and creative environment. Our Tiny Tot Dancers progress to our Beginner Class upon receiving a certificate at our annual Tiny Tot Irish Dance ceremony at the Sheahan Gormley School of Irish Dance.
Our Beginner & Advanced Beginner Irish Dance program encompasses the aforementioned learning outcomes set out in our Tiny Tots program with a slightly accelerated emphasis on technique, posture, turn out, and step memorization. Sheahan Gormley beginners learn their Reel, Light Jig, Slip Jig and Single Jig. Our beginner Irish Dance program encompasses many performance and competition opportunities, for those who wish to partake.
Our Intermediate Irish Dance Class caters to dancers at Novice and Prizewinner levels. Intermediate Dancers train more vigorously, mastering more complex choreography with an accelerated emphasis on Irish Dance technique, fitness and stage presence. In this class, dancers train with a combination of choreography workshops, weekly drills, strength and conditioning classes and various performance workshops in order to become stage ready! Intermediate Irish Dancers are invited to partake in grade exams, competitions and events throughout the year.
Our Advanced Irish Dance Class caters to students at Preliminary Championship and Open Championship levels. At this level, the Sheahan Gormley School choreographs all steps to compliment each individual dancers style. This showcases each dancers strongest skill set, thus equipping each dancer to reach their personal best. Training at the advanced level is the most demanding of all classes, encompassing all workshops and methodologies aforementioned in the Intermediate Irish Dance Class at a much more accelerated, technique intensified and demanding pace. Preliminary and Open Championship Dancers are afforded various opportunities to compete, perform at events and complete grade exams throughout the year. Open Championship dancers have opportunities to compete in Majors yearly. (Oireachtas - Regional Championships), the North American Championships - Nationals, and the World Championships.
Students discover how to create a theater performance from Celtic folk tales, involving movement skills, ensemble, improvisation, role-play, teamwork, imagination and Irish Dancing. Irish Dance Drama is typically a residency that enables students to experience the power of the written word, raise literacy, discover cultural traditions and build physical coordination and musical awareness. Students will gain a basic knowledge of Irish Dance, which they can apply to the dramatic reenactment of magical folk tales from Ireland. Irish Dance Drama focuses on interpreting text through participatory movement, rhythm games, partner work, character creation and traditional Irish Dance steps. Each class gets the opportunity to enact a scene from the story in a culminating performance. Adaptable to different grade levels, program lengths, mixing magical stories with bursts of traditional Irish Dancing,
"The purpose of the grade examinations is to provide a structured framework within which dancers can work towards an achievable goal and to provide a strong foundation in Irish dance. Grade examinations are unlike competitions in that each candidate is individually examined and receives a detailed written assessment of their performance and knowledge of the grade being attempted. The grade exam consists of an optional preliminary grade, followed by 12 grades with each one becoming increasingly more demanding on the candidates skill, knowledge and ability. All 12 grade examinations must be completed to be eligible to apply for the TCRG examination. https://www.clrg.ie/index.php/en/feiseanna-exams/graded-exam.htm
Irish Dance Fitness Class
"Let's Get Reel"
Whether you’re looking to learn new dance moves or hone in on your existing talent, you'll be made very welcome at our classes.
We created the unique program with years of experience in dance and performance. Our program combines the basic footwork of Irish dancing with lots of arm movements for a full body workout.
The program is suitable for adults of all abilities, complete beginners to champion dancers. You will feel like you've just stepped off the Riverdance stage after each workout!
Ever wanted to learn Irish Dancing? Or do you fancy taking it up again after all these years? Whether you want to get fit or simply enjoy working out, we offer fun Adult classes for all levels. Dance experience is not necessary. So dust off those old shoes and join in the fun!
There is no better way to get fit and have fun than to join an adult Irish dancing class! Never mind if you’ve never strapped on a jig shoe in your life – our teachers will guide you along the way and have you hopping and reeling with the best of them in no time.
Our adults classes are a stress-free and relaxed place, so don’t be shy –
Our adult Irish Dance class encompasses a mixture of light shoe, heavy shoe and team dancing. Adult Irish Dancers are afforded the opportunity to dance for fun and fitness or train for competition and performances.
It's been a real confidence booster. I have grown in ways I never expected." Larissa, adult student