Irish Dance

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.

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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10 thoughts on “Irish Dance

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  2. I am an adult age (50’s).
    I am interested in river dance, Irish dancing.
    Have never had dance lessons.
    Is there classes on Monday night for adults?
    Thank you for your time.

  3. Yes, Sharon, we have Irish dance classes for adults, on Monday evenings. This is the Riverdance type of dance. You should be able to join in as long as you are reasonably fit. You might like to take a trial class ($20) at a time to be arranged with us. Please see also the email we sent you.

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  5. I, like Sharon am a seasoned individual with an interest. What do the adults wear for their first beginners class? Do you offer a shoe rental? Is the trial more so one-on-one situation or a small group of first timers? That would be nice. I am intrigued and not sure if I would be good at it but even if I could try it only once, I would be happy. Please contact me. Thank you.


  6. Hi, Dee! I am the Irish dance teacher here at Italia. Adults should wear athletic clothing that is comfortable and easy to move/breathe in. Usually my students wear gym shorts and t shorts or yoga pants. For the first class, my students usually wear sneakers or socks until they decide Irish dance is a good fit for them. In the latter case, I’ll send you to some websites with used shoes that are a cheaper alternative ($20-$40) to buying them new ($60). My adult class meets Mondays 7:45-8:45. The trial class would be just you coming to that class with my other 2 current adult students. Looking forward to meeting you!

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  10. HI! I am older but interested in traditional Irish dance. I will be spending some time there next year and would like to be able to join in if I attend functions. When can I come to observe? From there, hopefully I will be able to take a trial and move on to lessons. Thank you.

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