IRISH DANCE LEVELS
LEVEL 1 - BEGINNER
The beginner class is the first official level at CBA and will include all the basics needed to progress. In our 20 week program, boys and girls ages 5 and up will learn introductory level steps, basic Irish music structure (how to count music bars and when to start, as well as the differences between the dances), proper foot placement, posture, stretching, strength exercises and more. After mastering their core dances, students will be eligible for performances and may enter into competitions at their discretion. While continuing with the basics, the focus will be on their soft shoe solo dances needed for competition. Students will learn the Reel, Light Jig, Single Jig and Slip Jig.
LEVEL 2 - ADVANCED BEGINNER
After the 20 week Level 1 program, dancers will be evaluated to determine if they are ready to move-up into the Level 2 class. Hard shoe dancing will be introduced at this level, as well as the continued focus on soft shoe and the basics of team dancing. Once a dancer masters all of their beginner hard shoe material and their more advanced soft shoe dances, they will be eligible to advance into Level 3.
LEVEL 3 - NOVICE / PRIZEWINNER / NEW-PRELIM
Level 3 dancers will continue to learn more advanced soft shoe, hard shoe, and team dancing (with the addition of more advanced performance dancing). They will also begin to transition to advanced hard shoe timing (known as “slow speed”). Around this level, a CBA dancer is allowed to wear a solo costume in competitions starting at the Prizewinner level.
LEVEL 4 - CHAMPIONSHIPS
Comprised primarily of Preliminary and Open Championship level dancers, Level 4 is CBA’s final and most elite class level. Dancers will engage in intense training in solo, team and performance dancing. These dancers typically will also have additional opportunities to attend international competitions and be part of professional show opportunities.
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Our "FREE trial class" is for our ongoing monthly kids classes only, and does not include workshops, adult classes, camps, private lessons or any special short-term sessions, courses, events, or programs.