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In the 18th and 19th century, Irish dance was preserved and promoted by traveling dance masters who traveled from village to village teaching dance and etiquette. But Irish dance isn't just Irish anymore: today, Irish dance is taught on six continents and in the 21st century, we again find more demand then there are teachers. Thus the Traveling Dance Masters program was born.
The mission of the Dance Masters program is to assist dance studios to incorporate Irish dance into their existing businesses by sharing our award-winning Irish dance curriculum with instructors familiar with dance forms related to Irish dance, such as ballet, tap and jazz. Our curriculum has fostered classes of almost 100 students, and as the program grows, the opportunities for instructors and their students grows with it.
The Dance Masters curriculum is structured around the grades exams syllabus, which provides a thorough understanding of the dance form, and is a precursor to certification as a licensed instructor. The curriculum is delivered by our award-winning staff, who are certified by An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha (CLRG) in Dublin, Ireland, as well as being vetted and first-aid certified. The curriculum includes complete lesson plans for each grade, including:
Irish I: introduction to fundamental Irish dance rhythm, technique and movement, including the beginner soft shoe and hard shoe, corresponding to Grades 1, 2 and 3.
Irish II: continuing introduction to Irish dance rhythm, technique and movement, including intermediate soft shoe, beginner hard shoe, and group (ceili) dancing, corresponding to Grades 4, 5 & 6.
Irish III: continuing development of Irish dance rhythm, technique and movement, including advanced soft shoe, hard shoe, and group (ceili) dancing, corresponding to Grades 7 & 8.
Irish IV: advanced exploration of Irish dance rhythm, technique and movement, including non-traditional sets. and advanced group (ceili) dancing, corresponding to Grades 9 & 10.
Irish V: preparation for the first half of the practicum to earn the Irish dance diploma, including advanced soft shoe, hard shoe, ceili dancing and non-traditional sets, corresponding to Grade 11.
Irish VI: preparation for the second half of the practicum to earn the Irish dance diploma, including advanced soft shoe, hard shoe, ceili dancing and non-traditional sets, corresponding to Grade 12.
Instructors are introduced to the Dance Masters curriculum through monthly instructors' workshops, designed specifically to deepen the instructors' understanding of the current lesson plans. At the end of each workshop, instructors should have the knowledge and confidence to deliver the months' curriculum, with a library of online curriculum aids and weekly personalized consultation via Skype to guide you through the month until the next workshop.
Studios becoming a part of the Dance Masters program receive an exclusive license in their geographical area, with first right of refusal on any new studio requesting to join the program in their area . There is no limit on the number of locations or hours of instruction your studio can offer, or what your studio may charge, so you can make as large an investment in your Irish dance program as you wish and watch it grow!
Beyond the Classroom
In addition to Workshops and Master Classes, your dance studio will have the opportunity to perform, compete and take grade exams locally to certify their progress in the Dance Masters curriculum, as well as participate in master classes, workshops focused exclusively on your studio, private lessons for your individual dancers, and discounts on Irish dance supplies and merchandise.
Interested in starting an Irish program at your dance school?