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Children's Irish Dance Classes

You don't have to be Irish to love to dance!


Our children's dance classes offer training and development in a supportive, professional and positive environment to students ages 4 and up.

Dancers develop self confidence and body control for themselves, and build a sense of community and camaraderie through teamwork with their fellow dancers.  

We're adding new classes and locations all the time. If you don't see one that works for you, contact us to see what's coming soon!


2019-2020 Schedule

Our youth program runs from September to June, but enrollment is available year round! 



6:00-6:45 Littles & Juniors (ages 4-6, 7+)
6:30-7:30 Intermediate

Parents, join us after the kids are done dancing for our Adult Irish Dance & Fitness Class at 730PM!

North Brooklyn

5:15-6:00 Juniors (ages 7+)
6:00-7:00 Intermediate
7:30-9:30 Advanced

Prospect Heights

4:15-5:00 Littles (ages 4-6) 
5:00-5:45 Juniors (ages 7+)

Upper West Side

11:30-12:15 Littles (ages 4-6)
12:00-1:00 Ceili & Trad Sets
1:00-2:30 Advanced

Class Descriptions

We offer classes for every dancer, whether you're just starting or have been dancing for years.

If you have any questions about which class is right for you, email for more information.


Littles - Introduction to Irish Dance & Music

For dancers ages 4-6 who have no Irish dance experience. This class will focus on the fundamentals essential to Irish dance, such as foot placement, body alignment and awareness, and the basic steps to jigs and reels. We will also explore rhythm and timing by listening, clapping and dancing along to traditional Irish music. After completing the Littles program, dancers may repeat or advance to the Beginner class.

Juniors - Beginner Irish Dance

This class is for dancers ages 7+ who have no Irish dance experience OR dancers ages 4+ who have completed our Littles Minimester and wish to advance. Class focus will be on the light shoe dances of jig, reel, and slip jig. Dancers will focus on developing teamwork, discipline and poise by learning choreographed routines for performance. Dancers will also begin learning the fundamentals for hard shoe dancing.

Academy Program - Intermediate

This class is for dancers who have at least one year Irish dance experience OR who have acheived Novice/Prizewinner status at local feisanna. Class will include both soft shoe and hard shoe dancing, focusing on more advanced choreography and technique. 
Enrollment by teacher placement only - please contact us to determine if this class is an appropriate fit for your dancer.

Academy Program - Advanced

This class is for dancers who have achieved Preliminary or Open Championship status at local feisanna. Class will focus on preparation of all dance forms for major championships and performances.
Enrollment by teacher placement only - please contact us to determine if this class is an appropriate fit for your dancer.

Private Instruction
Weekends and Evenings

All current students at ODA can schedule additional private lessons with our instructors. Location and pricing is dependent on time and availability - please email for more information and to schedule a session.  


All classes are subject to sufficient enrollment. In the event of insufficient enrollment, classes may be combined or cancelled, and any unused tuition and fees will be refunded.

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Class Etiquette


Dancers are required to wear appropriate shoes & attire during class

Dress codes help students perform better and see themselves as a cohesive unit, and makes it easier for the teacher to spot someone out of form or behind the music and give corrections. Having a dress code also helps young dancers focus during class by

  1. Understanding they are going to be a structured class setting

  2. Ensuring that the clothing is not a distraction during class

  3. Makes certain that a dancer is appropriately and safely dressed to be performing the material.

ODA Dress Code

  • For all classes, dancers should wear a black ODA shirt OR a black polo shirt with black or yellow shorts.

  • Littles and Beginners may wear black jazz shoes or black ballet slippers.

  • Intermediate and Advanced students should always have appropriate Irish dance shoes (soft shoes and hard shoes) for class, competition and performance. NO dancing in socks or bare feet is allowed.

  • Hair should be tied back, neatly off the face, and all jewelry should be removed prior to class.

Class Etiquette and School Policies

  • Arrive on time ready to dance - this means dance clothes and shoes ON by the time class begins

  • Take a bathroom break before class begins

  • Bring a water bottle for water break

  • NO TOYS in dance bag - any dance bag in the studio should contain dance shoes, change of clothes (if necessary) and water bottle only. Anything else should stay with the parents outside the studio - any toys, books or distractions that are brought into the studio will be taken away and returned at the end of class.

  • Parents, grandparents or babysitters are not permitted inside the studio during class. 

  • Students should be picked up promptly after class - please call to alert us if you will be late. The O'Donnell Academy cannot assume responsibility for students before or after their assigned class time.

  • Parents may ask questions after class, but please note that time is limited. Questions asked through email or text will be answered promptly - if you need to speak in person or on the phone an appropriate time can be arranged.

  • Any acts of gross misconduct, bullying, theft or harassment will not be tolerated. Dancers and families should refrain from inappropriate or negative behavior in person or via social media. Failure to do so will be grounds for suspension.