During the hour long class you will learn few basic steps and moves from Sean-nós and Irish step dancing, and a bit of the background history of traditional Irish dancing and music. We'll start with a short tour in the thatched cottage. Then we'll jump right into the dancing. We'll learn and practice the steps without the music first, we add the music afterwards. Towards the end you will have an opportunity to record all the fun of your experience to share it with your friends, loved ones, and on your social media. You will also be able to record the steps we learned during the class. In the end we can discuss any mysteries and/or questions you have related to the Irish music and dancing world. To finish off the experience I'll make a short dance performance for you. Extra option: When the experience is finished, I'm happy to guide you to the nearest traditional music pub 'session' in the centre. On the way (it’s about 10 minutes walk) we can discuss the music and the traditional session scene in Galway city.
I’m a professional Irish dancer, musician and teacher with a huge passion for ‘Sean-Nós’ dancing. Dancing and music is my full time job. You can find me out everyday performing in the pubs and on the streets of Galway, I know where the real ‘craic’ happens! I’m an experienced educator who loves teaching. All are welcome from absolute beginners onwards! Learning as a young adult myself, I still remember how it feels in the beginning! So come relax, learn, dance, and enjoy yourselves! I also host another experience called "Masterclass at Irish dancer's home" which is suited for people who want to learn more challenging steps.
The class will be held in the heart of the Claddagh in a unique heritage centre “Katie’s Claddagh Cottage”. This building is a restored thatched cottage that depicts traditional life in one of Ireland’s oldest fishing villages, therefore we will have an authentic experience of how sean-nós dancing was shared in the past.
Alternative times can be accommodated This experience is suited for all fitness levels! We won't do anything extremely physically demanding. The main goal is to try out an easy dance step/steps and have fun.
Irish Dance at the Thatched Cottage