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The Brennan-Lucey Irish Dance Academy is an Irish Dancing School that teaches classes in Connecticut, USA. Locations are in Fairfield in Fairfield County, CT and in Milford and Hamden in New Haven County, CT. Each Irish Dance class is taught under the instruction of Riverdance champion dancers and registered and certified TCRGs with CLRG Stephen Brennan and Meghan Lucey. Our teachers include a World Champion and National Champion and are proud to be the Principal Dancer and Dance Captain of Riverdance as well as performing in Lord of the Dance. The Dance Academy pulls students from Westport, Stratfrord, Southport, Wilton, Easton, Weston, Trumbull, Redding, Newtown, Seymour, Hamden, Orange, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Black Rock, Devon, Milford, Shelton, Ansonia, Woodbridge, Bethany, New Haven, West Haven, North Haven, East Haven, Wallingford, Cheshire, Meridon, Derby and Middlefield in Middlesex County. 

Class Descriptions

Here at the Brennan-Lucey Academy we are proud to base our class structure around each individual child rather than a semester based system. As the school is constantly evolving, and as the dancers within it continue to learn and advance, the requirements for each class change and adjust. If you are wondering which class would be best for you or your child simply contact us or use the below guidelines!

Intro to Irish Dance (3-5) Year olds

 

This class is specifically geared towards our littlest dancers. Being only a half hour long it is best suited to the attention span of our tiny dancers. We learn our Reel, basic dancing techniques, and how to count to the music while playing fun Irish dancing games with friends! What’s not to love? This class is perfect for tiny tots to learn coordination, balance, cooperation skills, and musicality all while having fun with new friends! This may also be a great introduction class for anyone under the age of 9 to learn the basic steps and then transition to the Beginner class.

 

Beginner

 

This class is for dancers who are just starting out on their amazing Irish dance journey. This class is perfect for ages 5-8. We focus on learning the Reel, Light Jig and Slip Jig all while mastering the techniques of Irish dance and having a lot of fun in the process. We play Irish dancing games and work on the fundamentals of Ceili (group/team) dancing. The dancers (and Meghan and Stephen) have a lot of fun! If your child hasn't Irish danced before, this is the perfect class to start to learn the fundamentals, then transition to the Intermediate class. As we focus on team-work and work towards creating a unity between the dancers, we encourage dancers to wear a Brennan-Lucey uniform (any Brennan-Lucey merchandise and/or all black) with hair tied back and proper (awesome) Irish dance shoes.

 

Intermediate – prerequisite knowledge of Reel, Light Jig and Slip Jig steps.

 

This class is fun, energetic, fast paced and geared towards dancers who have completed learning the material in the Beginner class. We fly through our Reel, Light Jig and Slip Jig each class and focus on the ever-enjoyable Hard Shoe dances like the Heavy Jig, St. Patrick's Day and Treble Reels. We also continue our education in Ceili dancing, focusing on teamwork, camaraderie and form. Both proper Soft Shoes and Hard Shoes will be required in this class as the dancers continue to advance and progress. At this level, as we focus on team-work and work towards creating a unity between the dancers, it is required to wear a Brennan-Lucey uniform (any Brennan-Lucey merchandise and/or all black) with hair tied back and proper (awesome) Irish dance shoes. As we work towards a focused learning environment based around team-work within the studio, we encourage parents to ‘drop-and-run’ from this level and up, allowing the dancers to learn and create without distraction.

 

Prizewinner ONLY! – prerequisite knowledge of 3 soft shoe dances and also Heavy Jig.

 

This class is perfect for dancers who have completed learning the material of the Intermediate class with a firm grasp of both Soft Shoe and Hard Shoe dances and/or are in the novice/prizewinner levels at competitions. We expect at this stage, dancing along the aisles of the supermarket won’t be too far from reality! At this level, we increase the complexity of our choreography and continue to focus on the athletic side of Irish dance, fitness, strength and the more intricate details of traditional Ceili dancing. This class is usually where our competitive dancers will train for their first Oireachtas (New England Regional Championships) which happens every November. At this level, as we focus on team-work and work towards creating a unity between the dancers, it is required to wear a Brennan-Lucey uniform (any Brennan-Lucey merchandise and/or all black) with hair tied back and proper Irish dance shoes. As we work towards a focused learning environment based around team-work within the studio, we encourage parents to ‘drop-and-run’, allowing the dancers to learn and create without distraction.

 

Prizewinner/Advanced – prerequisite knowledge of Reel, Slip Jig, Heavy Jig and St. Patrick's Day.

 

This class combines the dancers in the levels of Prizewinner, Preliminary Championship, and Open Championship. We allow the dancers to create and grow, encouraging an interactive learning environment as we constantly learn and master new choreography while having a lot of laughs in the process. This is a very fast paced class with a LOT of dancing! What’s not to love?! At this level, as we focus on team-work and work towards creating a unity between the dancers, it is required to wear a Brennan-Lucey uniform (any Brennan-Lucey merchandise and/or all black) with hair tied back and proper Irish dance shoes. At this level, there are sadly no spectators permitted into the studio during class times.

 

Advanced ONLY!

 

This class designed specifically for dancers competing regularly in the competitive levels of Preliminary and Open Championships. This class is very technical with a strong focus on fitness; it's energetic, technical, exciting and great exercise within a hardworking, yet fun, environment meant to thoroughly prepare dancers for competitions throughout the year. At this level, as we focus on team-work and work towards creating a unity between the dancers, it is required to wear a Brennan-Lucey uniform (any Brennan-Lucey merchandise and/or all black) with hair tied back and proper Irish dance shoes. At this level, there are sadly no spectators permitted into the studio during class times.

 

Adult

 

Our adult class is perfect for any and all ages and levels of dance. Whether you danced as a child, are looking for a new form of exercise, or just want to try something new and exciting, this class is perfect for you! Our adult classes are filled with all ages, personalities, and levels of expertise and is great for exercise, technique and above all, it's great craic! These classes are attended by adults ranging in age from 22-75 and we welcome one and all no matter your age or experience! We are proud to be able to cater each class to each students abilities and so it truly is never too late to learn how to Irish dance! Come and join in the fun!!!

Ceili/Performance Team Class

 

Attending the Ceili/Performance Team class is highly encouraged for dancers in the Intermediate level and up, including adults! This class will be a two fold class. Each week we will focus on both of the following:

1) Ceili/team dancing. We will learn traditional and contemporary 2-hands, 3-hands, 4-hands, and 8-hands, focusing on team skills (like everyones favorite partner skips) and team bonding. These teams can be performed throughout the year in our shows and also in competitions!

2) Performance numbers. We will learn performances pieces, drill the ones we know, make up our own, and also learn some of the dances from Riverdance!

While everyone, Intro-Adult, will still get a chance to perform year round, dancers who consistently attend this class will get first priority for our performances in March as they will have had the most practice throughout the year. This class is all about team bonding, having fun with choreography, learning the traditional ceili dances, and above all it will be a whole lot of fun!!!

*These are basic guidelines and we reserve the right to use teachers discretion however we will of course take dancers and parents input into consideration*