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Children's Irish Dance Classes



A perfect introduction to the incredible world of Irish dance!

This 10-week minimester focuses on the fundamentals essential to Irish dance, such as foot placement, body alignment and awareness, and the basic steps to jigs and reels. We also explore rhythm and timing by listening, clapping and dancing along to traditional Irish music. Our minimester ends with a minishow for parents and friends to showcase their new moves and skills!

Littles - Introduction to Irish Dance runs for 11 weeks total, 10 weeks of classes plus a special parent showcase. After completing the minimester, dancers may repeat or advance to the Beginner class.  

Pick your Session - Fall 2019


Sept 9-Nov 18

321 W 44th St

Prospect Heights

Sept 11-Nov 20

367 St. Marks Avenue

Upper West Side

Sept 14-Nov 23

131 W 72nd St

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I wear to class?

Dancers should wear t-shirt, athletic shorts, and white socks. All dancers will receive 1 complimentary ODA T-Shirt on their first day of class and are encouraged to wear it each week. NO dresses, skirts, pants, leggings, or jewelry is allowed. Hair should be pulled back off the face in a ponytail or with a headband.

For footwear, dancers can wear black jazz shoes, ballet slippers or gym sneakers. Dancers will NOT be allowed to participate in activities barefoot, in socks, or in unsafe footwear, such as sandals or flip-flops.

What is the cost?

Each session costs $288 for the 11-week program. The price includes 10 weeks of classes, an ODA Irish dance t-shirt to wear to class, and the end-of-semester “show.” with goodies and crafts for each dancer to take home.

How do I register?

You can register and pay online through the website here. Cash and Venmo payments are also accepted on first day of classes.

Can I do a trial class?

Yes! Dancers are always welcome to come and try a class and see if it is the right fit. Please email us at or fill out the contact form below to schedule your trial class at the location best for you.

What if I miss a class?

You can schedule a make-up class in the same level of classes within the same session of the class missed. Please email us to schedule a make up class!

Is there a recital?

Dancers in our Littles Minimester will have an opportunity to showcase their dances to parents and friends at the end of each semester. Dancers enrolled in our Spring session or in our year round classes will also participate in our end of year showcase, and will also have the opportunity to compete at a local Irish dance competition.

Am I allowed to watch class?

Students focus better in class and learn more when they can be in the studio without any distractions. Parents and guardians are welcome to wait on-site in the waiting room during class, and will have the opportunity to see what their dancers have learned at the end of the semester.

Why dance with O’Donnell?

Our faculty are certified, highly qualified and have many years of experience working with children. The O’Donnell Academy is a certified Irish dance school, registered and regulated by An Coimisiun Le Rince Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland. We are proud to offer dance classes as an opportunity for children to exercise, learn to perform, build confidence, and have fun in a safe and supportive environment.  

Learn more about the O’Donnell Academy

Ready to dance? Register today!