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.
The links below will tell you more about us, and you can contact me at kathyw[at]rincenasaor.com with any questions you may have.
Plans for our annual show on Saturday, June 17, 2017, are underway! In addition to our regular classes, we have students learning set dances and family dances, and one of our groups will dance in black light this year (bring on the white hats and gloves!) Make sure to turn in your registration form and costume fee before we break for the holidays.
The last dance class in December will be December 16 for Friday night students and December 19 for Monday night students. We will resume classes on Friday, January 6, 2017. I wish everyone happy holidays, and I thank you for the privilege of dancing with you!
Now that winter has officially arrived, just a reminder that weather-related cancellations are posted on our Emergency Closings Page and our telephone voicemail.
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!