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.
Rince Na Saor is accepting registrations for fall classes, which start September 16, 2016. The standard lesson package is for 8 lessons, and there is a 6 week Beginner package (one for children, one for adults) offered through Greece Continuing Education and Gates Continuing Education. Check the Continuing Ed brochures for dates.
New this fall--The Blackbird (hornpipe), a traditional set dance, The Priest and His Boots (jig), a traditional set dance which uses a somewhat different style of steps from an earlier time, and Vanishing Lake (jig), a modern set dance. In traditional sets, both the tune and the steps are "set", or the same for every dancer; with modern sets, the tune is "set", but the steps are choreographed by the teacher. Find out more about these sets on the "Class Schedule" page.
We had an impressive turn out for both of Rebecca McGowan's sean-nos workshops! Some 30+ dancers came out to try seans nos, which is "old style" Irish stepdancing. We're looking into the possibility of starting regular sean nos practice sessions, with periodic visits from an instructor. Stay tuned!
Our annual show on Sunday, June 19, was a huge success! Everyone enjoyed the dance performances and our dance drama, "Irish Rail", and most of the audience got up to dance the Walls of Limerick with us at the end. Huge thanks are due all of our dedicated dancers and their families, everyone who worked on the show, and our wonderful audience. DVD's are still available; download the form here. DVD Order Form
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!