Dancers here feel safe and loved in a positive environment. Through teamwork and small classes, they become like family, encouraging each other to be their very best! Confidence soars as achievements are made and dancers earn personal progression and feel great gratification.
For ages 3 to 5. This class is full of fun games, jumping, kicking and stretching. Your child will learn control of their body through simple beginner steps while letting out tons of energy. Dancers are immersed in a positive atmosphere full of energetic music!
Dance shoes are not necessary but recommended.
While developing the skills for Irish Dance, confidence begins to bloom. At Tir na nOg, dancers are challenged, encouraged and praised in a nurturing environment. From very early on, your son or daughter will have numerous and diverse opportunities to make use of the skills and qualities they have developed.
Dance shoes and white socks are required.
Ceili Dancing and more!
Get or stay in shape and not really know it by dancing! This class focuses on group dances from Ireland (Ceili) and Scotland (Ceilidh). You will also have the chance to learn some hard shoe dancing, just like Riverdance!
Get real exercise while learning a new social dance and having fun with friends.
“You did not know how much you needed it until you were taught.”
Kenzie Melanson, dancer of 6 years.
3 Easy Ways for Parents to Help Dancers
All parents can bring their child to class and encourage them to have fun and remind them to practice at home…however some parents want to do more!
Here are three things you can do to help even without knowing anything about Irish Dance!!
1. Get them to stand randomly and work on turning their toes out to the side but not past their knees. When thought of it this way they turn their whole leg, from the hip, and it is safe. They can do this while simply brushing their teeth.
2. Ask them to skip through the house and remind them to cross their knees. This can be done when you need something from the other room or they are on their way to the toilet.
3. When sitting at the dinner table, remind them to sit up with their shoulders back.
Bonus: While reading books or having screen time, dancers can stretch.
Meet your Teacher
I grew up in a small village and I am the third child of seven. Three years after my youngest brother was born, my sister started having children. She had five. Shortly after, my husband Andy and I started our family and we now have four lovely children. I’ve been surrounded by lovely little ones and watching them grow, my entire life! Through teaching and coaching dancers I am lucky to be able to watch so many children grow up into young adults!
Although I am a born Canadian, Irish culture is something I was born into. My father immigrated from Ireland and infused his love for his country in his children. Jigs and Reels ringing through the house was as normal as cereal at the breakfast table.
Irish Dance was a natural fit for me and after just 3 years of dance I was teaching others. Two years later I qualified for the National and World Championships of Irish Dance for the first time!
Tir na nOg began officially in 2000 when I successfully acquired the teachers’ qualification. I have now witnessed hundreds of children, with love and affection, come to class with some interest and, through TNN, inherit a great love for dance. It is a delight to engage with them as they put effort into their footwork and earn great achievements!
Where it all Happens
Located in Kentville’s iconic Cornwallis Inn, Tir na nOg now resides in a new, purpose built studio with many exciting and beneficial features such as:
Plumbed in water station
Climate controlled, air filtration system
Bright and inspiring decor
Welcoming and spacious lobby area for waiting parents
Playspace for small children
Lots of easy parking
Wide array of amenities within walking distance such as cafes, library and shops.