Class Descriptions

  • These are descriptions of class categories only. For descriptions of competitive levels per the Feis Commission, see the rules listed in the syllabi from any New England feis.
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  • School Year and Year-round Classes

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  • Pre-Beginner

  • For ages 3 ½ -5; less structured class format, focusing on coordination, balance, dance skill development, and music recognition as building blocks to step dancing; teaches basic reel and jig steps; incorporates games to ensure fun!
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  • Beginner

  • For ages 5-11; An hour long class focusing on basic step dance skills, steps and technique for those new to Irish dancing. Reel, jig and slip jig soft shoe steps are taught in this first year.
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  • Advanced Beginner

  • These classes are for students who have taken at least 1 year of Irish dance instruction from a certified teacher. Teaches more challenging light shoe steps and adds hard shoe steps to the mix.
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  • Novice I

  • For students who have at least one year of hard shoe experience and/or have danced at feisanna and placed as an advanced beginner.
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  • Novice II and Prizewinner

  • Includes Prizewinner and Champion levels; students who have completed at least one year of novice-level instruction and/or have placed in all light and hard shoe dances at feisanna as a first-year Novice. Prizewinner level includes dancers having placed 1st in all Novice dances; Championship level includes dancers having placed at least one first in all 4 dances in Prizewinner grade.
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  • Championships

  • Preliminary Champions must achieve 2 firsts to move to Open Championship level. Regardless of level, soloists compete at the Oireachtas and any other major championship only with teacher's approval.
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  • Moving Up

  • Students must not move up in level at feisanna or change primary dances or set dances in preliminary or open competitions without direct permission from Anne. Competition priveleges may be suspended if a parent knowingly violates studio or NAFC rules.
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  • FOCUS Program

  • FOCUS classes are designed to give students who are more serious about their dancing additional instruction and more studio time each week, allowing them to progress in their dance skills and mastery of steps more quickly. Along with an emphasis on improved technique, this program creates a peer group of students committed to excellence in their sport. To be eligible for participation in the FOCUS program, students must be advanced beginner level or higher and agree to regular and consistent home practice with music, and attendance at a minimum of 4 feisanna each year.
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  • Class Schedule

  • The schedule of classes for each session will be posted in our system and can be seen on our calendar.  Classes will be held at our Exeter studio. Everyone in the registration database will be notified once on-line registration opens each year. For cost information on classes, register in the system if you have not done so already, then hold the cursor over the class that you are interested in and fees will appear.
  • Please click here to register and enroll.
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