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Kids Irish Dancing Classes for Ages 4-7

Wayne Rutledge

Kids Irish Dancing Classes, about this photo: These are the wee shoes on the wee feet of American Dance Institute's Irish Dance for kids students, sitting in the 'Green Room' just before their St. Paddy's Day performance at Sagebook Senior Assisted Living in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. Students from each of our non-competitive Irish dance classes, volunteer to perform at one or more local events each year. Our confidence building and community serving dance performances are no cost, fun and stress-free for parents.

In addition to Irish dance for kids 5-7, American Dance Institute also offers Irish dancing lessons for adults, teen Irish dancing,  kids Irish dance classes for ages 8-12.

Kid's Irish Dance Class Schedules


Summer 2019

Irish Dance For Kids: Non-Competetive

Ages 5-7

A fun, energetic introduction to the basic steps in Reels and Jigs.

This traditional Irish dance form will include both solo and ceili dances.

This class is only offered only here at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

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 Elizabeth Coyle Chayer 

 Founder / Director American Dance Institute 


Children & Competition

"Young children have yet to develop a healthy perspective with which to frame ballet's competitiveness. Bad experiences can damage a child's self image and dampen their enthusiasm for ballet. To protect fragile self-images, we encourage young students to first discover their 'own best self', not to compare themselves to others who may have more or less natural ability. We dance for the love of dance!"

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Kid's Irish Dance: Class Notes

Attire: Black shorts, white T-shirt, White Irish socks and Black Ghillies for girls, black jazz shoes for boys

Attire available at Centerstage Capezio, 5261 University NE. (527-4697) or your local department store.

Ghillies are available at Centerstage Capezio. Or check our shoe swap box.

If students have Ballet slippers, they may be worn instead of the Ghillies.

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Kid's Irish dance Instructor, Janelle Jones, coaching her children's Irish dance students before a performance

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Meet Your Kid's Irish Dance Instructors
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Irish dancing instructor, Janelle Jones, helps a young student with make up before a performance.

Janelle Jones began Irish dancing at the wee age of 5 and competed on the West Coast and in Canada until the age of 13 at both the local and National level. In 1998 she rekindled her passion for competition and rejoined the Comerford School of Irish Dance.

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Jessica began Irish dancing at the wee age of 6 with the Deely-Smith School of Irish Dance in the San Francisco Bay Area. She danced competitively up through her high school years, competing at a championship level across the western United States.

I am definitely a fan!

My daughter has taken pre-Irish, and now Irish, and a creative dance class for a birthday party where we rented a Studio at ADI for a couple of hours. In all cases, I was impressed with the instructors...and they are great with the kids. The office is very helpful and responsive as well. The prices are reasonable.

From my experience with the classes we've taken, they focus on teaching the dance and not doing showy performances with fancy costumes (where your child is on stage for 3 minutes).  My daughter is enjoying dance and learning a lot. I'm definitely a fan.

Nancy M.

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