Community

“Thank you for a wonderful program. The Evergreen community enjoyed it immensely” Paul Wood, Director of Recreation, Evergreen Home for Special Care

Throughout the year, and especially around St. Patrick’s Day, the Tir na nOg dancers visit local seniors homes, schools and care centres, such as L’Arche. Dressed in spectacular costumes, the children bring joy and excitement to all that are lucky enough to witness their love of Irish dancing.Performing for the benefit of others is a life changing experience for a dancer  cultivating such qualities as compassion and respect for others as well as broadening their view of the world.

“A vibrant community of dancers where their teacher and families come together to foster healthy relationships.” 

Kelly Dolan, parent.

5 reasons why parents choose Tir na nOg

1. Certified instructor with experience in all dance classes.

2. Safe environment for dancers and family.

3. Opportunities for dancers to show and shine either competitively or recreationally.

4. No explicit lyrics in the music

5. Really amazing, colourful and sparkly, modest costumes.

Competitive

Each year, dancers have the opportunity to attend a competition called a “feis”.  This competition will normally take place in Halifax, Wolfville or Fredericton and give dancers the chance to try for medals and trophies while meeting like-minded members of schools from further afield.

Competition is exhilarating.  A number of dancing families travel to places such Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Boston for extra competition opportunities because they just can’t get enough!

Competition brings about accelerated improvement. Dancers that compete develop enhanced focus, greater confidence and all the ideals of sportsmanship.

“My daughter dances all the time!  Throughout the house and in the aisle of the grocery store.  She just loves it!  Sometimes it is hard to get her to stop and go to bed.”

Ashley Roblin, Parent.

5 reasons why parents choose Tir na nOg

1. Certified instructor with experience in all dance classes.

2. Safe environment for dancers and family.

3. Opportunities for dancers to show and shine either competitively or recreationally.

4. No explicit lyrics in the music

5. Really amazing, colourful and sparkly, modest costumes.

Recreational

Irish dance, in its truest form, is simply meant to be enjoyed – both by the dancer and the viewer.  The dancers of Tir na nOg discover this joy frequently throughout the year as they take part in dance shows and events of all kinds.

Twice a year, at Christmas and around St. Patrick’s Day, Tir na nOg hosts ceilidh dances where whole families and other members of the community come to dance together in groups and couples. At these ceilidhs, the Academy dancers give a wondrful display of the choreographies they have been taught.

Each dance year concludes with a full length, 2-part recital performance that all students are highly encouraged to participate in. This takes place in a professional theatre setting complete with full sound and lighting capacities. An awards ceremony takes place at this time too, to celebrate dancers that have improved the most throughout the year or shown excellent team spirit.