DeVoy Academy of Irish Dance


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.

What kind of shoes do we need?

Soft shoes can be purchased either second hand from within the school, buying online or in person. If its your first time buying we suggest going to the store and try before you buy as the Irish Dance shoe sizes vary by company. Hard shoes can be purchased, but only after the teachers have let you know that your dancer is ready and has mastered the basic steps and dances.

What do they need to wear?

New this year we are implementing a uniform policy. All DeVoy Academy dancers are asked to wear

  • DeVoy Academy t-shirt or DeVoy Academy tank top
  • Black or navy shorts
  • White or poodle socks

All DeVoy Academy dancers from last year should have the red Stronger Together t-shirt (from the kitchen party), as well as other DeVoy Spirit wear from Oireachtas, etc. This will be in effect starting September 15th. New students can wear a tank top or tshirt along with the above uniform and will have until November 1st to order a t-shirt or tank top online. Emails have been sent with the link.

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.


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