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Classes

Motor City Irish Dance teaches traditional Irish dance classes for kids and adults of all ages. We really do offer Irish Dance for everyone. You are never too young or old to learn and you certainly do not need to have previous experience to join our Irish Dance classes. We accept budding dancers from as young as 1 year of age through older adults and carefully plan our expert educational program to meet the needs of each dedicated age group. We meet you at your pace and encourage you in a customized fashion every step of the way. We believe in every single student and work with you to help you achieve your goals. Recreational or something more lofty, we’re here for you 100%. As always, our focus is fun and performance over competition. We are a strictly non-competitive environment.

If you are unsure which class you or your child would fit best in, please contact us so that we can advise you.


Fall/Winter Classes

PLEASE NOTE: All level descriptions are listed in a way to ensure full comprehension of the technical training standard at each level. We are NOT a competitive Irish Dance school. We offer we offer an incredible traditional Irish Step dance training experience in a dedicated, performance focused, family friendly environment. If you wish to compete, please ask us for recommendations of local competition focused schools, we will be very happy to assist you.

Tiny Toes

An Introduction to Irish Step Dance
Ages 3yrs-5yrs

Tiny Toes is for beginning students aged 3yrs-5yrs. It is a starting point for our youngest aspiring Irish dancers. It is a carefully structured 30 minute program that teaches the foundational positions and techniques, used in traditional Irish dance. We introduce the students to the specific timing differences of the Reel, Light Jig, Hop Jig (Single Jig) and Slip Jig, Hornpipe and Heavy Jig (Treble Jig). Coordination, balance and timing is carefully tackled via fun Irish dance themed games and activities. Dancers are taught how to build their strength and flexibility gently in a fun stretch and chat session. In turn this encourages our students to interact, build their social skills and find new friends by getting to know their fellow classmates. Spaces are extremely limited in this class, so sign up quick to avoid disappointment. This class fills up fast.

Kids Introduction

An Introduction to Irish Step Dance

This specially designed introductory class is designed for younger students new to Irish dance. The class syllabus ensures that new students will be taught the essential foundation techniques and positions used in both light and heavy shoe Irish Step dancing. The class environment is fun and encouraging. Once mastered, the students will begin to learn the beginner level Irish step dances, such as Beginner Reel, Light Jig and Treble Reel.

Adult Introduction - Light Shoe

An Introduction to Irish Light Shoe Step Dancing

This specially designed introductory class is designed for adult students new to Irish dance. It is to be taken in conjunction with the Adult Introductory Heavy Shoe Class. The class syllabus ensures that new students will be taught the essential foundation techniques and positions used in light shoe style Irish step dancing. The class environment is fun and encouraging. Once mastered, the students will begin to learn the beginner level Irish step dances, such as Beginner Reel and Light Jig.

Adult Introduction - Heavy Shoe

An Introduction to Irish Heavy Shoe Step Dancing

This specially designed introductory class is designed for adult students new to Irish dance or who may have Irish danced a long time ago and are a bit out of practice.. It is to be taken in conjunction with the Adult Introductory Light Shoe Class. The class syllabus ensures that new students will be taught the essential foundation techniques and positions used in heavy shoe style Irish step dancing. The class environment is fun and encouraging. Once mastered, the students will begin to learn the beginner level Irish step dances, such as Treble Reel and Heavy Jig.

Adult Class A

A Class dedicated to first class training in traditional Irish Step dance. This class hosts adult students aged 16+ studying at level 1(Beginner), Level 2 (Advanced Beginner) and Level 3(Primary). Students will move into this class once they have completed the introductory level training syllabus. It is designed to start by working all the students through an initial technique drill session in which all groups work together under the careful instruction of our dedicated and experienced instructors. Students then branch of into their level groups to work through all their light shoe dances in a carefully paced and supportive class environment. Once the light shoe rounds are complete, all dancers move on to their heavy shoe dances and finally round off their energetic class with a carefully crafted cool down and stretch to reduce the risk of injury.

Junior Class A

A Class dedicated to first class training in traditional Irish Step dance. This class hosts students studying at level 1(Beginner), Level 2 (Advanced Beginner) and Level 3(Primary/Novice). Students will move into this class once they have completed the introductory level training syllabus. It is designed to start by working all the students through an initial technique drill session in which all groups work together under the careful instruction of our dedicated and experienced instructors. Students then branch of into their level groups to work through all their light shoe dances in a carefully paced and supportive class environment. Once the light shoe rounds are complete, all dancers move on to their heavy shoe dances and finally round off their energetic class with a carefully crafted cool down and stretch to reduce the risk of injury.

Class B

A Class dedicated to first class training in traditional Irish Step dance. This class hosts students of all ages studying at level 4(Intermediate/Prizewinner), Level 5 (Preliminary Champion) and Level 6(Open/Champion). It is designed to start by working all the students through an initial intensive technique drill session in which all groups work together under the careful instruction of our dedicated and experienced instructors. Students then branch of into their level groups to work through all their light shoe dances in a carefully paced and supportive class environment. Once the light shoe rounds are complete, all dancers move on to their heavy shoe dances and finally round off their energetic class with a carefully crafted cool down and stretch to reduce the risk of injury.


Summer Classes

Tiny Toes

An Introduction to Irish Step Dance
Ages 3yrs-5yrs

Tiny Toes is for beginning students aged 3yrs-5yrs. It is a starting point for most and a continuation point for any of our Celtic Beats students. It is a carefully structured 30 minute program that teaches the foundational positions, techniques, used in traditional Irish dance. We introduce the students to the specific timing differences of the Reel, Light Jig, Hop Jig and Slip Jig. Coordination, balance and timing is carefully tackled via fun Irish dance themed games and activities. Dancers are taught how to build their strength and flexibility gently in a fun stretch and chat session. In turn this encourages our students to interact, build their social skills and find new friends by getting to know their classmates.

Junior Irish Dance

Motor City Irish Dance teaches traditional Irish dance classes for kids, with a focus towards performance rather than competition. If you are unsure which class your child would fit best in, please contact us so that we can advise you.

Level 1

Junior 1 is for beginners and teaches the foundational positions, techniques, and traditional Irish dances - mostly soft shoe and some hard shoe.

Level 2

Junior 2 is for Irish dancers who are proficient with soft shoe and hard shoe dancing, and covers more advanced techniques and dances. This encompasses all levels from Advanced Beginner through Intermediate.

Level 3

Junior 3 is for Irish Dancers who are extremely proficient in soft and hard shoe and maintain the highest levels of Irish dance training. This encompasses all the upper levels of training, Preliminary through Open.

Jig-Fit™ Junior

Jig-Fit™ Junior Technique is an exciting Irish dance technique class, exclusively designed for our younger students. It combines Irish dance techniques and drills to high-energy music and rhythms for a total body technical training workout. It’s the perfect complement for any young Irish dancer, regardless of whether they are new to the art, a seasoned competitor, or an on-stage performer. This class promises to improve your technique, balance, timing, and coordination in Irish dance by working out essential muscle groups in your legs, glutes, back, and abdominals. It works on your strength and flexibility via careful stretching routines which the dancers can learn to use at home or as a warm up and cool down routine pre and post performances. And we'll be right there with them every step of the way, motivating them to keep going while checking their technique. This class is open to youth dancers of all skill levels of Irish dance.

Adult Irish Dance Soft Shoe

This class is the great starting point for adults new to Irish dance or for adults who may have Irish danced a long time ago, but are a little out of practice. Equally, it encompasses a great workout and training program for students with a little more experience. This class encompasses dancers from Beginner level through Intermediate. It covers all the basic and moderately advanced positions, techniques, and traditional Irish dances for beginners with a total focus on soft shoe (Ghillie and Reel Shoe) Irish Step dance. Students will also be introduced to contemporary Irish dance choreography and traditional Ceili group dancing. Each class is 60 minutes long, and allows for proper warm-up and cool-down drills to improve stamina and flexibility while reducing the risk of injury.

Adult Irish Dance Hard Shoe

This class is the great starting point for adults new to Irish dance or for adults who may have Irish danced a long time ago, but are a little out of practice. Equally, it encompasses a great workout and training program for students with a little more experience. This class encompassed dancers from Beginner level through Intermediate. It covers all the basic and moderately advanced positions, techniques, and traditional Irish dances for beginners with a total focus on hard shoe (Jig shoe) Irish Step dance. Students will also be introduced to contemporary Irish show style dance choreography and the occasion chance to attempt the Old Style Sean Nos dancing. Each class is 60 minutes long, and allows for proper warm-up and cool-down drills to improve stamina and flexibility while reducing the risk of injury.

Jig-Fit™ Technique

Jig-Fit™ Technique is an exciting Irish dance technique class which combines Irish dance techniques and drills to high-energy music and rhythms for a total body, sweat pouring workout. It’s the perfect complement for any Irish dancer, regardless of whether they are new to the art, a seasoned competitor, or an on-stage performer. This class promises to improve your technique, balance, timing, and coordination in Irish dance by working out essential muscle groups in your legs, glutes, back, and abdominals. And we'll will be right there with you every step of the way, motivating you to keep going while checking your technique. This class is open for all skill levels of Irish dance.



Private Lessons

Sometimes we just need a little extra help and that is available as well.

  • Private lessons are only for Motor City Irish Dance members.
  • Private lessons can only be scheduled on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (based on the availability for your instructor).
  • To secure a private lesson booking, the booking must be prepaid in full no less than 24 hours before the scheduled date and time of the lesson.
  • Changes to a scheduled private lesson (adjustments or cancellations) must be made no less than 24 hours before the scheduled lesson start day and time. Otherwise, you are responsible for the full cost of the scheduled lesson and no refund or transfer of payment will be issued.
  • You are responsible to arrive on time for your lesson. Tardiness will not change your lesson end time nor reduce the full cost of your scheduled lesson.