Any young aspiring Irish Dancer should be privileged to have Tara as their teacher and mentor, and I wish her all the success in the World with her new Irish Dance School, De Barra. She is an inspiration to the future of Irish Dancers Worldwide. -Michael Donnellan

Pgce Phys Ed, MA Dance, ADCRG

Weekly Schedule

 

Tuesday

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM – New Beginners
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Novice / Prizewinner
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Prelim / Champs

Thursday

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – New Beginners
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Novice / Prizewinner
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Prelim / Champs

Saturday

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Prelim / Champs
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Novice / Prizewinner
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – New Beginners

Private Lessons

Friday evenings after 5:30 PM
Saturday afternoon after 3:00 PM
Sunday after 12:00 PM

Teams

To be determined once final enrollment is confirmed in the coming weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Who Can Sign Up?

Our Irish dance school has classes for girls and boys aged 4 and older as well as adult.

You do not need any dance experience. For more information on registration, please call us at 626.676.9269

What to wear to class?

Students are expected to arrive to class 5-10 minutes prior to start time with tee-shirt/tank tops and short on, hair tied back in a ponytail/bun, and shoes neatly tied. No sweatshirts, leggings, skirts or yoga pants are to be worn during instructional time (with the exception of adult classes).

 

Beginner I and II level dancers are not required to have ghillies or hard shoes, black ballet shoes will do. From Beginner II level onward or once competitive, dancers should wear proper ghillies or boys reel shoes.

See Student Portal for more information.

 

Transfer Students

It is required to disclose if you have competed and danced under another Irish dance school. We follow the rules of CLRG/An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha with regard to transfer students and competition. Dance level will be assessed by teacher.

What are the Class Levels?

Beginner I – For students in grade school (4 +) with little or no prior Irish dance experience or whom started late in a summer program or spring session. Students will learn basic technique, movements and begin their first Irish dance steps. 

Beginner II – Students who have completed one year of beginner I instruction. Minimum requirements are that all dancers can dance 2 reels consecutively to music.

 

Novice – At teacher’s discretion, typically students who have completed at least one year of Beginner II instruction or competitively achieved most dances at the Novice level. Minimum requirements are that dancers should be able to consecutively dance 2 reels, 2 light jigs, and 2 slip jigs and “doubles” in heavies. Competitive students at this level are recommended to take 2 solo classes a week.

 

Prizewinner -At teacher’s discretion, typically students who are competitive and focused and have completed at least one year of Novice instructions or competitively achieved most dances at the Prizewinner level.  Prizewinner students should take 2 or more classes a week.

 

Prelim & Open -Competitive and focused students who are in preliminary or open championships at Feis. Championship students should take 2 or more classes a week.

See Competition Rules

Testimonials:

Not only has Tara displayed her considerable talents onstage but she has also been an invaluable resources for us as a teacher.

-Julian Erskine

Senior Executive Producer, Riverdance North American Company

In my current work as choreographer and producer, I would always consider Tara to be a first call when looking to collaborate with other dancers.

Colin Dunne

Producer & choreographer, Lagan Company

A World Champion Irish Dancer, she (Tara) is highly respected in her field…she is a very dedicated person and a tremendous asset.

Merle Frimark

North American Press for Riverdance

Tara’s exceptional ability to blend her world renowed competitive dancing along with her theatrical stage experience…the final production exceeded expectations.

-Jean Butler

Principal dancer and Producer of Irish Dance Masterclass

I have known Tara Barry Phelan for most of my dancing days spanning over a 35 year period competing against her at National Dance Championships, later to have the privilege of sharing a stage with her in the Liffey Company of Riverdance-The Show during the late 90’s.

I can honestly say that she was the best female dancer of my generation in my view with an innate knowledge of Timing and Rhythm with impeccable posture and poise. She would light up any stage and was simply unbeatable at times. Her light shoe dancing was a sight to behold with control and elegance in abundance.

Subsequent to garnering many Munster, All Ireland, British, American and World Championship titles it was only a matter of time before she was chosen as the Female Lead dancer of the world renowned Riverdance Production , a role she clearly made her own due to her raw talent and finesse.

Any young aspiring Irish Dancer should be privileged to have Tara as their teacher and mentor, and I wish her all the success in the World with her new Irish Dance School, De Barra. She is an inspiration to the future of Irish Dancers Worldwide. -Michael Donnellan

Pgce Phys Ed, MA Dance, ADCRG