Irish Dance Music Speeds

When dancers practice at home it is important that they use music that is the correct speed. When we perform or compete the musicians use a metronome to ensure they are playing at an appropriate speed for dancers. Below we list the different levels Burke Connolly dancers are in and the dances and speed of music they will need for practicing. Happy practicing! 

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Level 1 (Beginner)

  • Reel: 122
  • Light Jig: 115

Level 2 (Beginner 2)

  • Reel: 122
  • Light Jig: 115
  • Slip Jig (Beginner/Novice): 122

Level 3 (Advanced Beginner)

  • Reel: 122
  • Light Jig: 155
  • Slip Jig (Beginner - Novice): 122
  • Fast/Traditional Hornpipe: 138
  • Fast/Traditional Treble Jig: 92
  • Traditional Set - St.Patrick's Day: 94

Level 4 (Novice - Prizewinner)

  • Reel: 113
  • Slip Jig: 113
  • Treble Jig: 73
  • Hornpipe: 113
  • St.Patrick's Day: 94
  • Job of Journey Work: 138

Level 5 & 6 (Championships)

  • Reel: 113
  • Slip Jig: 113
  • Treble Jig: 73
  • Hornpipe: 113
  • Traditional Set - St.Patrick's Day: 94
  • Traditional Set - Three Sea Captains: 96
  • Traditional Set - King of the Ferries: 130
  • Non-Traditional Set - Three Sea Captains: 71 (School Specific)
  • Non-Traditional Set - Blackthorn Stick: 69 (School Specific)
  • Non-Traditional Set - The Piper: 110 (School Specific)
  • Non-Traditional Set - Kilkenny Races: 110 (School Specific)