a non-competitive traditional Irish dance program at
Longview Plaza--1742 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14606
Welcome to Rince Na Saor, Rochester's recreational Irish dance school! Since 1997, Rince Na Saor ("rinka na sayer") has provided an alternative to the typical competition-based Irish dance school, offering children and adults the opportunity to learn traditional Irish dance in an environment focused exclusively on recreational students. Rince Na Saor's unique curriculum was developed specifically to meet the needs of the recreational student, which include lower costs, a smaller time commitment, and a more relaxed learning pace.
Rince Na Saor offers a full range of Irish dancing, including hard shoe and soft shoe stepdancing, ceili and figure dances, traditional and contemporary set dances, family dances, and dance dramas. The links below will tell you more about us, and you can contact me at kathyw[at]rns.dance with any questions you may have.
Join us on Saturday, June 17 for our Ceili Mor! Our annual show features all of our dancers and both traditional and modern Irish music.
This year we have a group dancing in blacklights, 2 traditional figure dances, a traditional set piece, a modern set piece, and, of course, dancing with the audience at the end. You can find driving directions, flyers to use as invitations, and DVD order forms at the "Annual Show" link above.
We have a change in schedule for these last few weeks of classes. The Adult Level III class, which usually meets on Monday nights, will move to Friday at the same time, 8:30-9:30 p.m. starting Friday, May 19. The Blackbird traditional set class will meet on Monday, 8:30-9:00 p.m. starting Monday, May 15.
Rince Na Saor is accepting registrations for fall classes, which start September 15, 2017. The standard lesson package is for 8 lessons, and there is a 6 week Beginner package (one for children, one for adults) offered in the fall through Greece Continuing Education and Gates Continuing Education. Check the Continuing Ed brochures for dates.
I've received several queries about how old is "too old" to start learning Irish dance, so I'd like to clear up a few myths:
1) I have taught students from age 7 to those in their 60's. There is no one "right age" for anyone to start.
2) It is not necessary to have had any prior Irish dance instruction, or indeed any prior dance instruction; Rince Na Saor's Level I classes assume no dance instruction of any kind.
3) Irish dancing is not "too hard", for adults or anyone. Keep in mind that when you're watching Riverdance or Lord of the Dance, you're watching champion dancers. They're fabulous to watch, but not everyone dances at that level, just like all people who like to ski don't ski at an Olympic level (or give up skiing altogether because they can't ski at an Olympic level). Irish dance is a vast discipline, and there is plenty of dancing to be enjoyed at lower levels, plus Irish dance is great exercise!