Courses

Beginner courses

Our beginner courses are intended for dancers from 13 years of age who have no previous experience with Irish dancing.

Courses for children

Our courses for children are intended for dancers between 5 and 15 years of age.

Advanced courses

Students in our advanced courses are divided mainly based on their competitive level. However, we respect if a student wishes to dance only for joy and does not want to participate in competitions.

Course prices

valid for the school year 2020/2021

Payment details:

  • Account No. 4015449001/5500
  • Please use the first six numbers of the student’s birth identification number as the variable symbol and write their full name in the note.
  • The course fee for the first semester must be paid by 27 September 2020 and for the second semester by 14 February 2021.
Family discount:

Applicable only in case of timely payment!
10% for 2 family members
15% for 3 and more family members

ADULTS

Beginners

1 class per week, 60 minutes

CZK 1,900

soft shoes

2 classes per week, 60 minutes

CZK 2,900

1 class of soft shoes and 1 class of hard shoes

Advanced

1 class per week, 90 minutes ("Soft shoes 1" or "Hard shoes 1")

CZK 2,500

The price includes 1 workshop with Siobhán Forrest TCRG per semester

2 classes per week, 90 minutes ("Soft shoes 1" and "Hard shoes 1")

CZK 3,900

The price includes 1 workshop with Siobhán Forrest TCRG per semester

1 class per week, 90 minutes ("Soft shoes 2" or "Hard shoes 2")

CZK 2,900

The price includes 2 workshops with Siobhán Forrest TCRG per semester

2 classes per week, 90 minutes ("Soft shoes 2" and "Hard shoes 2")

CZK 4,900

The price includes 2 workshops with Siobhán Forrest TCRG per semester

One 90-minute class + one 60-minute class per week ("Soft shoes 1" and "Beginner hard shoes")

CZK 3,500

The price includes 1 workshop with Siobhán Forrest TCRG per semester

2 classes per week, 90 minutes ("Soft/Hard shoes 1" and "Soft/Hard shoes 2")

CZK 4,500

The price includes 2 workshops with Siobhán Forrest TCRG per semester

CHILDREN

Beginners1 class per week, 60 minutesCZK 1,600
soft shoes
2 classes per week, 60 minutesCZK 2,900
soft shoes
Advanced1 class per week, 60 minutesCZK 2,000
soft shoes, the price includes 1 workshop with Siobhán Forrest TCRG per semester
2 classes per week, 60 minutesCZK 3,500
1 class of soft shoes and 1 class of hard shoes OR 2 classes of soft shoes  
The price includes 1 workshop with Siobhán Forrest TCRG per semester
2x týdně 60 minut + Rinceoirí JuniorCZK 3,900
1 class of soft shoes, 1 class of hard shoes, 1 Rinceoirí Junior class
The price includes 2 workshops with Siobhán Forrest TCRG per semester

About RIDA

Rinceoirí Irish Dance Academy (RIDA) is a school of Irish dancing that was founded in September 2004 by the Irish dance group Rinceoirí. We offer courses for all levels—from complete beginners to very advanced dancers (feis categories from beginner to open). Students are taught by experienced members of Rinceoirí. Beginners usually start with soft-shoe dancing and once they have learnt the basics, they start practicing dancing in hard shoes as well. Over the course of the year, our students learn both solo dances, with which they can participate at competitions, and group (ceilí) dances for various Irish celebrations and parties.

 

RIDA co-operates with Siobhán Forrest TCRG, a fully certified teacher who represents the McGahan Lees Irish Dance Academyin the Czech Republic. Her weekend workshops are included in the price of our advanced courses. It is thanks to her that our dancers can participate in international competitions under the name of this prestigious academy.

RIDA also organises various events for its dancers, such as the Spring Dance Camp, the RIDA Summer School with McGahan Lees Academy teachers and the End-of-the-School-Year Show. Every May, we also organise an international Irish dance competition called Prague Feis, which gives our students a great opportunity to show off their skills and to see how they compare to other dancers from all parts of Europe.

  • Every class starts with a warmup, strengthening exercises and stretching. After that, we focus on improving the students’ dancing technique. In the second part of each class, we practise solo and group dances of different rhythms and, towards the end of the school year, we work on a choreography for the End-of-the-School-Year Show. Every class ends with cool down stretching.

 

  • For our classes you will need: comfortable sports clothes, special dancing shoes (we will gladly help you choose the right pair), enough water or an ion supply drink and a small towel.

 

  • The minimum required age for attending our courses is 5 and there is no upper age limit. Our teachers take into consideration the age and individual needs of each student.

  • Our courses start in September, but it is possible to join them later upon agreement with the teacher.

Our beginner courses are intended for dancers from about 13 years of age who have no previous experience with Irish dancing. Students usually start with one class of soft-shoe dancing a week.

First, they learn basic elements in reel and jig rhythm and simple ceilí dances (group dances in circles, twos, threes, fours etc.) and later, they are taught four basic solo dances of the beginner soft-shoe grade (beginner reel, light jig, slip jig and single jig). 

We recommend that students complete at least one semester of soft shoes before starting with hard shoes.

Each course is usually led by two teachers, which makes it possible to accept new students even after classes had already started.

Our beginner courses take place in Nusle and Vršovice in Prague.

Our courses for children are intended for dancers of 5 to about 15 years of age. Beginners usually have soft shoe classes once or twice a week. For children, we recommend two classes a week—they will remember more, improve faster and enjoy dancing more. 

Children in our courses first learn basic elements in reel and jig rhythm and simple ceilí dances (group dances in circles, twos, threes, fours etc.) and later, they are taught four basic solo dances of the beginner soft-shoe grade (beginner reel, light jig, slip jig and single jig). Once they have completed two semesters of classes, they can also start with hard shoes. 

Advanced students can attend workshops with Siobhán Forrest and the most skilful ones will be invited to join the Rinceoirí Junior group, which performs together with Rinceoirí throughout the year.

Each course is usually led by two teachers, which makes it possible to accept new students even after classes had already started.

Our courses for children take place in Nusle, Vršovice, Dejvice and Palmovka in Prague.

In our advanced RIDA courses, students are divided based mainly on their competitive level. However, we respect if a student wishes to dance only for joy and does not want to participate in competitions. The course fee includes several workshops with Siobhán Forrest TCRG based on the student’s skill level.

Beginner/primary

In our beginner/primary courses, we focus on perfecting the technique for beginner and primary solo dances in both soft and hard shoes and prepare the students for participation in international competitions. In soft-shoe classes, we also practise team competition dances (2hand, 3hand and 4hand reel), and in hard-shoe classes, we learn the Irish polka. Towards the end of the school year, we create choreographies for the End-of-the-School-Year Show in June. These courses include workshops with Siobhán Forrest TCRG.

Primary/intermediate

Our primary/intermediate courses are intended for students who have already advanced to the primary or intermediate feis category. In these classes, we focus on practising advanced soft- and hard-shoe techniques as well as all primary and intermediate solo dances and on improving the dancers’ stamina. Towards the end of the school year, we create choreographies for the End-of-the-School-Year Show in June and sometimes also for other events. These courses include workshops with Siobhán Forrest TCRG.

Moving to more advanced courses

It is up to the teacher to decide whether a student is ready to proceed to a more advanced course. This is decided at the end of each semester, usually based mainly (but not exclusively) on whether the dancer have advanced to a next grade in competitions. The soft- and hard-shoes teachers do this independently of each other. In other words, a student can be allowed to move up in one, but not in the other.

 

Wait-listing for membership in Rinceoirí

If a teacher sees potential in a student, they can nominate them as a candidate for admission to Rinceoirí at the association’s members’ meeting. Once a student is wait-listed, they start attending both the primary/intermediate RIDA classes and Rinceoirí trainings. The teacher evaluates especially the dancer’s technique, overall dance style, participation in classes, attendance, but also whether they are willing to participate in extra activities outside of the classes and voluntary trainings in their free time. The final vote on whether the wait-listed student is going to be admitted among the full members of Rinceoirí also takes place during a members’ meeting. The conditions of the membership are explained to the dancer once they have been approved as a suitable candidate.

 

Our advanced courses take place in Nusle in Prague.