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Clothes: Please wear comfortable, non-restricting workout clothing. There is no required uniform for class, but you should be able to move and sweat. Do not wear heavy or dangling accessories that could get caught on someone’s clothing or hair. Please tie long hair back neatly.
New students should wear sneakers or other supportive shoes. Those who have them should bring dance sneakers or leather dance shoes such as jazz shoes or ballet slippers. The sole on dance specific shoes makes practice easier because it allows your feet to glide more easily. Irish ghillies and jig shoes are, of course, welcome and encouraged. When you are ready to purchase Irish dance shoes we encourage you to consult your instructor and have compiled some shoe information here.
We encourage you bring a notebook to write down what you learn. Irish dancers put together their own “book” of dances and steps which they build throughout their dancing career.
Water is available at the bar for Oahu classes or by fountain on Big Island, but you may wish to bring your own water bottle as well.
The room is air-conditioned, but you may want a towel.
Don’t forget your socks!
No previous Irish dance experience is required to participate. Many of our dancers had never danced a step in their lives and are great Irish dancers. Anyone can learn Irish dance, regardless of age or experience level.
Irish dance is a great way to get INTO shape! Do not feel intimidated by videos of professional dancers, who are obviously in great shape. Irish dance in real life is practiced by average people of all ages and walks of life as a day to day part of any social event. We have dancers of all sizes, ages and shapes learning and enjoying Irish dance!
Feel free to take breaks as needed. Over time your stamina and endurance will increase.
If you have a medical condition which you believe may be impacted by dancing, please check with your doctor. Irish dance can be vigorous so if you have heart or lung issues, please be cautious.
Dancers under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can stay for the duration of the class.
The wig and the glam dresses have become a standard at Irish Dance competitions. If you ever choose to compete at a feis you will likely be wearing one of these costumes. Hawaii does not have a feis and Hawaii Irish Dance does not wear wigs or the heavy dresses for performances.