IRISH DANCE LEVELS
The Beginner class is the first official level at CBA and will include all the basics needed to progress. In our 20 week program, dancers will learn introductory level steps, basic Irish music structure (how to count and when to start, the differences between the dances, etc.), 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; pending they have fulfilled all competition requirements (full costume, ability to perform Reel and/or Light Jig, etc.). While continuing with the basics, the focus will be on their soft shoe solo dances needed for competition. Students will be learning the Reel, Light Jig, Single Jig and Slip Jig.
After the 20 week Beginner program, dancers will be evaluated to determine if they are ready to move-up into the Advanced Beginner 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 the Novice level, pending instructor approval.
NOVICE / PRIZEWINNER
Novice dancers will continue through soft shoe, hard shoe, team and performance dancing, and will also transition to advanced hard shoe timing (known as “slow speed”). A CBA dancer is allowed to wear a solo costume in competitions starting at the Prizewinner level. Prizewinner dancers may also be eligible to attend Championship level practices at the discretion of the instructors.
Comprised of Preliminary and Open Champion level dancers, Championships is CBA’s final and most elite level. Dancers will continue intense training in solo, team and performance dancing. Championship level dancers will also have additional opportunities including international competitions and professional show experience.
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