Starting a new activity can be intimidating for little dancers but in our "Caregiver & Me" class a parent or caregiver gets to learn too! This introductory class is open to ages 2-4 with an accompanying adult. Dancers will....
Learn the foundations of Irish dance
Gain confidence to dance on their own
Have a familiar face nearby to soothe and encourage them
We are currently the only school on Long Island using the Jump'n Jig Curriculum - the leading Irish Dance Program for Preschool Children!
Beginners - 45 mins/week
For dancers ages 5 & up, our Beginners program will give young dancers the chance to learn and develop a love for Irish dancing, performing, and becoming their strongest self! Dancers will....
Be exposed to a full introduction to Irish dancing - the basic solo & ceili dances
Interact with their peers and become part of our Kender Academy community
Gain confidence performing in local community settings throughout the year, and especially at St Patrick's Day!
Intermediate - 90 mins/week
Once dancers graduate from our Beginners program, dancers have the opportunity to join our higher level classes. At Kender Academy we promote various aspects of Irish dancing, including competitive step dancing, ceili dancing, performing, and cross training. As part of the intermediate program, dancers can...
Compete locally and work towards higher levels. Competitions provide dancers an opportunity to set goals and achieve the sense of accomplishment. Dancers learn the value of hard work and dedication.
Join our performance team to learn show-style choreography and perform at local events. Dancers gain confidence being on stage and have fun showcasing their love of Irish dance to entertain others!
Join a ceili team and learn how to be committed to a common goal. Teams teach dancers responsibility, commitment, and dedication as each team pursues competing on the local, regional, national levels and beyond!
Adult Beginners - 45 mins/week
It's not too late to start! Irish dancing isn't just for the kids - it's a chance for you to learn (perhaps try something you've always wanted to?) in an encouraging and friendly environment. Irish dancing is a great workout to add to your week!
Adult Hardshoe - 30 mins/week
Interested in adding on to your Ceili and softshoe dancing? Our Adult Hardshoe beginner class will teach the basics of the jig and the hornpipe, and work on more complex rhythms.
Retired, Not Tired - 60 mins/week
So you've spent years and years Irish dancing and competing... you want to continue dancing but don't have the time or energy to compete anymore. Now there's a place for you! At Kender Academy, all the senior ladies (and senior men!) are welcome to enjoy the company of their dance friends and enjoy dancing without the pressure or expectation to compete (or do endless stamina drills!).
Advanced Class - 90 mins/week
Prelim & Open Championship Dancers working towards competitions, grade exams, and Ceili teams.