Our Beginner I & II program aims to foster a love for Irish dance and music in a fun and encouraging environment. Beginning students have the opportunity to perform in front of family and friends at the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and festivities and other school and community performance venues throughout the year!


Beginner 1 (30 minutes) and Beginner II (1 hour) focus on developing familiarity with Irish music and building Irish dance fundamentals. They also learn proper stretching, warm up, cool down, counting music, positioning, and dance etiquette in a positive environment.

basic dances

  • Reel

  • Light Jig

  • Slip Jig

  • Single Jig

Irish steps

  • Skip 2 - 3's

  • Over 2 - 3's

  • Side 7s

  • Fun Circle

Dress Code

  • Shorts

  • T-shirt

  • Socks

  • Ballet pumps or ghillies*

*The Raleigh studio keeps pre-owned ghillies in various sizes for sale in the office, and ghillies can also be ordered online or purchased from vendors at various feiseanna.