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.
There are several different types of Irish dance, all of which are available at Rince Na Saor. We offer instruction in the Modern style of Irish stepdance which most people know from Riverdance, including hard shoe and soft shoe stepdancing, ceili and figure dances, traditional and contemporary set dances, family dances, and dance dramas. We also offer Rochester's first Sean Nós classes ("shah nose"--old style Irish stepdancing), and Country Set classes for beginners.
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.
Information about our annual show has been sent home--be sure to get your costume fees in before we break for the holidays! Key dates for December are:
Last day of classes in December: December 14 for Friday night students, December 17 for Monday night students.
First Class in January: January 4 for Friday night students, January 7 for Monday night students.
Thanks to all who came out for the December 1 ceili, and to the Comhaltas for providing such wonderful music. It was a lovely way to spend a cold, wet evening, and I was delighted to see Rince Na Saor dancers and their friends there too!
Sean Nós clases run on Fridays, 8:30-9:15 p.m., in sessions of 4 classes each. Next dates up are:
Sean Nós II: January 18, 25, February 1, 8
Sean Nós I : March 1, 8, 15, 22
You can find more information about Sean Nós classes under the Class Schedule link!
This is an exellent video describing Sean Nós dancing. Since it was filmed, Sean Nós has become very popular all over Ireland, and has made its way to America.
One of my favorites, Kieran Jordan Sean Nós dancing to jigs. A useful reminder that Irish dance does not have to be fast to be compelling.