Can my child try out a class for free to see if they enjoy Irish dance?
Yes! Take a tour of our studio, meet members of our teaching staff, try out a class in-progress and get jiggin’! This is a great way to learn a little more about our program and get a feel for the community. Contact Ms. Emma at 770-500-0301 or Emma@burkeconnolly.com to set up a date and time for the fun to begin!
When are beginner Irish dance classes offered?
We have 2 beginner classes. Monday 5:30pm - 6:15pm and Saturday 10:45am - 11:30am. Please note that we do not offer adult classes at this time.
What type of shoes should my child wear to their first class?
For the first Irish dance class, students can wear old ballet slippers or white socks.
If your child is interested in continuing classes, they will need to get the traditional soft shoes called "ghillies" for girls or "boys reel shoes" for boys. We have used shoes for sale at the studio or shoes can be ordered from Fays Shoes. Girls Soft shoes are HERE. Boys Soft Shoes are HERE. Don't forget to check out the Sizing Guide-- these shoes are in UK sizes :) Girls also wear "poodle socks" with their soft shoes. You can find these HERE.
What is a good age to start Irish dancing?
For our children beginner classes, we accept students from 5yrs - 10yrs old. Please note that we do not offer adult classes at this time.
Can I start at any time during the year?
Yes! Students can enroll at any time during the year.
How much are classes? Do you offer a family discount?
We operate on a "session" Schedule. Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer Sessions. Please contact us for the tuition costs as they change according to the length of the session. We do offer a 10% discount for families with more than 1 student enrolled.
Do I have to be Irish to take lessons and perform?
No! Irish dancing has become a multi-cultural sport with dancers from all types of backgrounds. There are competitions and schools all over the world, including Mexico, South Africa, and Hong Kong, among many others.
Do I need to wear a curly wig?
No. Curly hair is traditional to Irish dance because Irish woman would curl their hair for church and then attend an Irish festival where they would dance. We encourage our dancers to keep the traditional look for performances. Most students do opt for a wig for sake of ease, but a wig is not required.
Does my child have to compete?
No. Our school has a robust performance program! We performs at multiple shows throughout the year in Atlanta and provide opportunities for students of all levels to participate. However, for students that wish to compete, our dancers are world-class--having qualified for Regional, National, and World Irish Dance Championships!
Are there opportunities for social events outside of dance class?
Yes! We encourage students to attend local Atlanta Feiseanna (competitions), we walk in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, have multiple performances, including the Atlanta Dogwood Festival and have various parties throughout the year, as well as lots of fun Burke Connolly Parties for kids and parents!
Can I make up a missed class?
Yes. Please let us know when you plan to miss a class and we can give you options for a make-up class.