Frequently Asked Questions - Basic

Shows and Performances
Explanation of Irish Dance
Traditional Sets vs Set Dances


* How old do you have to be to sign up for classes?
--Aniar Academy has taught children as young as 3 years old, as well as adults of every age.

* What does "Aniar" mean and how do you pronounce it?
-- Aniar is pronounced "uh-near" and is Irish Gaelic for "from the West". It is our way of letting everyone know that Irish dance and culture is alive and well on the sunny west coast!

* Do you teach adults?
--Yes! Of course! Adult classes are on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30. We have adults of all levels, both competitive and recreational. 

* Do you have to compete to do Irish dance?
-- No, you do not have to compete in order to take dance classes. Shows and competitions are for fun.

* Do you have to be Irish to do Irish dance?
-- Absolutely not!

* What to wear to class?
-- Appropriate dance attire. Usually shorts or capris, a tank top or t-shirt. No loose clothing or jeans, as these either restrict movement or hide the dancer\'s body from the teacher, making it hard to see correct placement. If pants are worn they should be ankle length, so that dancers are not tripping on them in class.
Appropriate shoes should also be worn (soft shoes or ghillies for the soft shoe dances and hard shoes for the hard shoe dances). For beginners, jazz, ballet and tap shoes are ok until proper dance shoes can be bought. Tap shoes are NOT allowed at competitions.

* Is Irish Dancing "Riverdancing?"
-- Riverdance is an Irish dance show, made up of Irish step dancers. Traditional Irish step dancing is what we teach here at Aniar Academy.

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