Winter 2015

Workshops / Events

Sean-nós Dance Workshops in New York

  • Sunday January 11
  • 10:00 – 11:15 am Beginner dancers
  • 11:15 – 12:30 pm Experienced dancers
  • The Players Theater
    115 MacDougal Street
    New York, NY
  • $20 for one class / $35 for both
  • RSVP to Kieran or reply on facebook.

Weekly Classes In the Boston Area

Registration

Kieran’s classes are non-competitive, and are designed for adults as well as teens (ages 14 and up). Advance registration is recommended, and for your convenience, payment can now be made on-line. Students may also attend on a drop-in basis where indicated.

Beginner and Advanced Beginner Sean-nós Dance

4-week session

This class is an introduction to sean-nós “old style” Irish dance, for both new and returning students. Kieran will teach basic movements and rhythms that will progress into popular steps found in Connemara sean-nós dancing. The beginner class will also include the footwork and partnering used in set dancing. Please wear shoes with a smooth hard sole.

  • Tuesdays Jan 20 — Feb 10
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm for BEGINNERS
  • 7:00 – 8:00 pm ADVANCED BEGINNERS (returning students)
  • $60 for the 4-week session
    $16/class for single class (drop-in)
  • Location: Wollaston Congregational Church, 48 Winthrop Ave., Wollaston
    MBTA - Wollaston stop on the Red (Braintree) line; free street parking

Continuing Sean-nós Dance

5-week sessions

Sean-nós (“old style”) Irish dance is a joyful expression of movement and sound. Considered to be one of the earliest forms of Irish dancing, sean-nós is an improvised solo style, which includes footwork danced close-to-the-floor, a relaxed upper body, and a playful dialogue between the dance and the music. This class will focus on timing, style, improvisation, and a repertoire of steps. Prior experience is recommended. Please wear shoes with a smooth hard sole.

  • Session 1: Mondays Jan 12 – Feb 9
  • Session 2: Mondays Feb 23 – Mar 23
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • $75 for the 5-week session
    $16/class for single class (drop-in)
  • Location: Green Street Studios
    185 Green Street (Studio 3), Cambridge
    MBTA: Central stop on the Red line; metered street parking or Green Street Garage
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Beginner and ADVANCED BEGINNER Irish Dance

7-week session

For adult beginners and continuing students, this class will introduce the basic footwork and technique of traditional Irish step dance. Students will learn soft shoe and hard shoe dances, including reels, jigs, and hornpipes, with a focus on alignment, placement, balance, strength and coordination. Students will also learn to understand the structure and timing of traditional Irish music. New students — please bring light sneakers or Irish dance soft shoes to the first class. Taught by Rebecca McGowan

  • Tuesdays Jan 13 – Mar 3
  • No class Feb 17
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • $105 for the 7-week session
    $16/class for single class (drop-in)
  • Location: Green Street Studios
    185 Green Street (Studio 3), Cambridge
    MBTA: Central stop on the Red line; metered street parking or Green Street Garage

Intermediate Irish Dance

5-week sessions

This class focuses on traditional Irish step dance technique, as well as group céilí dancing and original choreography. Each class will include a thorough warm-up and strengthening exercises. Students enrolling in this class must have at least 2 years of experience in soft and hard shoe dancing.

  • Session 1: Wednesdays Jan 14 – Feb 11
  • Session 2: Wednesdays Feb 25 – Mar 25
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • $75 for each 5-week session
    $16/class for single class (drop-in)
  • Location: Green Street Studios
    185 Green Street (Studio 3), Cambridge
    MBTA: Central stop on the Red line; metered street parking or Green Street Garage
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INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED IRISH DANCE REPERTORY CLASS

5-week sessions

This class focuses on traditional and “old style” Irish step dance technique, and on learning complete series of steps. Each class will include a thorough warm-up with alignment and strengthening exercises. Repertoire will be drawn from traditional and old-style step dance material as well as Kieran’s performance choreography and original steps. Students enrolling in this class should have intermediate/advanced level proficiency in soft and hard shoe Irish dancing, along with an interest in choreography and performance.

  • Session 1: Mondays Jan 12 – Feb 9
  • Session 2: Mondays Feb 23 – Mar 23
  • 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • $80 for each 5-week session
    $17/class for single class (drop-in)
  • Location: Green Street Studios
    185 Green Street (Studio 3), Cambridge
    MBTA: Central stop on the Red line; metered street parking or Green Street Garage
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ADVANCED IRISH STEP DANCE TECHNIQUE

7-week session

This Is an advanced but non-competitive class in contemporary Irish step dancing technique. Emphasizing strength, stamina, advanced rhythms and jumps, this class is designed for serious designs to want to maintain and improve their dancing skills in both light and heavy shoes. Taught by Rebecca McGowan

  • Tuesdays Jan 13 – Mar 3
  • No class Feb 17
  • 7:00 – 8:00 pm
  • $105 for the 7-week session
    $16/class for single class (drop-in)
  • Location: Green Street Studios
    185 Green Street (Studio 3), Cambridge
    MBTA: Central stop on the Red line; metered street parking or Green Street Garage