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INFORMATION FOR BEGINNERS AND NEW STUDENTS

In an attempt to make information on joining the Culkin School easy to find, we've created this page for prospective new students and for our beginning dancers.

The links on this page will take you to other pages on our website and general Irish Dance information pages that should help you figure things out a little more easily.

 

Registering for Culkin School Classes

The Culkin School class year runs from September through June.  Classes are offered at a number of levels for beginner, intermediate, advanced and adult students.  Additional information specifically for our adult students is available on our Adult Classes page.

Classes for beginners start in September 2013 in Silver Spring, Bethesda and Rockville. Registration is open now -- be sure to sign up before classes fill!

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Bethesda: Classes at Imagination Stage, Del Ray Stuido, 4908 Auburn Avenue (Use 4915 Del Ray Avenue for a GPS address)

Kensington: Classes at St Paul’s Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Avenue (Near Connecticut & Knowles)

Rockville: Classes Rockville United Methodist Church, 112 West Montgomery Ave.

Silver Spring: Classes at Hughes Methodist Church, 10700 Georgia Avenue (At Georgia Ave & Plyers Mill Rd)

SPRING AND SUMMER CLASSES: Each year, the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance offers introductory "mini-mesters" to new students.  These courses are a great introduction to Irish dancing for you and your child. Mini-mesters are for students ages 5-10. Summer programs accept beginners ages 6-10. The "mini-mesters" fill up fast and are a lot of fun.

Class Information

Parades and Performances

The first performance opportunities for many new students fall during our version of "March Madness" -- St. Patrick's Day season.  All Culkin School students are encouraged to participate in one of the local parades or some of the many performances on our schedule.

Performance and event information is updated regularly in our Calendar of Events and on our News page on this site.  You'll also notice we have links to the News page on the right hand side of every page and a "quick link" to the Events calendar at the top of each page.

What to wear???

The Culkin School parade uniform  is a black Culkin crewneck sweatshirt, black pants, a white turtleneck and white tennis shoes.  More information on what to wear for parades is on the parade information sheet available in class.

For beginner girls dancing in performances,  a white top and a black skirt with a black shawl is appropriate attire.  For boys, a black long sleeve shirt and black pants are appropriate.  More information on school costumes as well as ordering information for Culkin School gear is available on our Dance Costume and Shoes page.

For adults, dancers wear a long sleeve, A-line stretch velvet dress.  Any long sleeve black skirt and shirt combination and black tights are appropriate for Culkin adult performances.

Irish Dance Competitions

Part of our mission at the Culkin School is to prepare our students for Irish dance competitions, known as a feis (prounounced "fesh").  For most beginners, the local feis season begins in May with the Comhaltas Irish Dance Festival.  Other area competitions include the Old Dominion Feis in June, Nation's Capital Feis in July, the Baltimore Feis in September and our own Feis Culkin in November.

Participating in a feis is a whole experience in itself.  Below are some helpful links on what to expect:

What to wear???

For beginner girls dancing in in a feis,  a white top and a black skirt with a black shawl and white poodle sock is appropriate attire.  For boys, a black long sleeve shirt and black pants are appropriate.  More information on school costumes as well as ordering information for Culkin School gear is available on our Dance Costumes and Shoes page.

 

 
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