Jump into jigs, reels and much more!
This class is for dancers who have no Irish dance experience OR dancers 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 develop teamwork, discipline and poise by learning choreographed routines for performance and competition. Dancers will also begin learning the fundamentals for hard shoe dancing.
Dancers in our Juniors Beginner class may participate in local Irish dance competitions, and march with ODA in the Brooklyn and Queen St. Patrick Day parades.
Pick your Class - 2019/2020 Schedule
Classes begin Sept 9
321 W 44th St
Long Island City
Classes begin Sept 10
33-02 Skillman Ave
Classes begin Sept 11
367 St. Marks Avenue
There will be no regularly scheduled classes the following weeks: December 16, 23 or 30, February 17, April 13.
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, until they purchase appropriate Irish dance shoes. 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?
Tuition for the year is due in 10 monthly installments of $96, plus a one-time $20 registration fee. Dancers who pay for the year in full receive a 15% discount off tuition.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
All dancers enrolled in our year-round classes will all participate in our end of year showcase held in June, and will also have the opportunity to compete at local Irish dance competitions beginning in March. Dancers may also get to participate in events for St. Patricks Day.
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.