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.
Thanks to all who came out for the November 10 ceili to benefit the Banjo Burke Memorial Fund and research to combat Parkinson's disease. It was a great group of people, and we all had fun!
Our next ceili will be December 1, 8 p.m., at McGinnity's. Hope to see you there!
Sean Nós II wrapped up last Friday, and we all enjoyed reviewing classic steps, learning new ones, and practicing our improvisation skills. Our Sean Nós sessions will return after the first of the year. Dates will be posted soon!
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.
On Saturday, September 29, The Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (Rochester Irish Musician's Organization) sponsored music and dance workshops at Fisher which were a great success. Our Sean Nós and Social Dancing workshops were well attended, and everyone had a great time!
Later that evening, Rochester Irish Arts hosted a ceili at McGinnity's. Great dancing, music, craic, and friends from Buffalo--a wonderful way to spend a fall evening!