Irish Dance

Irish Dancers
Photo by Kensie M Photography

Over eighty million people in the world claim to have Irish heritage. So it’s no wonder that Irish dancing, the traditional dance form of Ireland, is so popular, not just among Irish communities scattered across the continents, but in countries as far afield as Japan, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and at an ever growing rate in Eastern Europe.

A network of Irish dancers and their teachers span the globe, regularly meeting to compete, share knowledge and enjoy this rich culture.

Focused primarily on footwork, Irish dancing is performed either individually (step dancing) or by teams (céilí and set dancing), and accompanied by traditional Irish music played on a variety of instruments, such as accordion, piano, fiddle, flute or banjo.

Timing and rhythm are of utmost importance and it is the intricate and fast paced footwork that has captured the imagination of the world outside of the Irish community. This mixture of rhythmic footwork and lively music is sure to set toes tapping, wherever they are heard!

(Text adapted from An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha)

SAID logoItalia Performing Arts has made an arrangement with Southern Academy of Irish Dance – Virginia to offer Irish dance classes at the Italia Performing Arts Winchester studio. These classes are taught by Denise Fumagali TCRG, co-director of Southern Academy and a certified teacher of Irish dance with long experience. Miss Denise also teaches Irish dance at the Old Stone School in Hillsboro, the same location that we use (listed on their website as Purcellville).

Denise FumagaliStudents for these classes need to sign up directly with Southern Academy of Irish Dance. This is required so that Southern Academy can present these students at Irish dance competitions. Special discounts are offered for students taking classes with both Italia Performing Arts and Southern Academy.

Students are invited to sign up for Southern Academy of Irish Dance classes in Winchester, currently on Monday evenings, through the Southern Academy website. Please also view and like Southern Academy’s Facebook page.

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