What is Irish dance?
Irish Dance is a traditional dance form that originally comes from Ireland. It is divided up into céilí (social) dances, which are performed in groups of up to 16 people and solo dances which are performed in either soft-shoes (similar to ballet slippers) or hard shoes (similar to tap shoes). Though it has been around for hundreds of years, Irish dance enjoyed a huge surge in popularity in the mid-1990s when shows like ‘Riverdance’ and ‘Lord of the Dance’ took the world by storm.
Why should my child do it?
Irish dance is a great form of cardiovascular exercise that teaches children about rhythm, balance, coordination, discipline, and teamwork – all while having a lot of fun!
Does my child have to have any kind of dance experience?
Absolutely not! We love beginners, and children’s introductory classes start every semester.
Can my child join in the middle of a semester?
Yes, although for consistency’s sake, it is recommended that they join at the beginning of a semester.
How much will it cost?
Cost varies according to the dancer’s level of experience, but we are committed to making our classes affordable and accessible to everyone. For more information and a free, personalized quote, please visit the classes page for our contact details.
NOTE: Introductory discounts are available for brand-new registrants and we have a number of incentive programs including our ‘refer-a-friend’ system where you can earn a discount on your next semester.
Will my child have to compete?
Though taking part in competitions is not mandatory, we encourage all of our students to take part in local feis’ (festivals) so that they can broaden their horizons, make new friends, find out what their strengths and weaknesses are and, ultimately, become better dancers overall.
Is there parking available?
Ample parking is available at both locations.
What does T.C.R.G. stand for?
TCRG is an Irish acronym which stands for Teagascóir Choimisiúin le Rinci Gaelacha. Roughly translated, it stands for ‘Commission Certified Irish Dance Teacher’ and ensures that certified teachers are bonded and held to the highest standards of excellence. Both Kieran and Dympna are certified T.C.R.G.s.
Do you have to have Irish heritage to do Irish dancing?
No! Irish dance is taking off all over the world, from Mexico to South Africa, from Russia to Germany, and everyone is welcome in our studio.
Have a question that’s not found on our FAQ page? Then either email us or drop by in person! All of our info can be found on our classes page.
Martino Centre of Dance
15 Fisherman Dr, Unit 27
Brampton, ON L7A 1B7
Martha Hicks School of Ballet
1660 Avenue Rd
Toronto, ON M5M 3X9