There are opportunities (all optional), for pupils of the school to dance in:
• Various displays in the local community;
There are two main types of dance: light/soft shoe and heavy/hard shoe.Beginners commence with soft shoe dancing, as it is important to gain the basic skills before progressing onto heavy shoe dancing, usually during the 2nd year of dancing.
Length of class: 1 hour (as dancers advance, lessons will be slightly longer).
Water: Tap water is available at the venues, however a water bottle is more convenient and safer for the dancers to use.
Parents/Friends: Are welcome to observe the beginner classes. Please try to ensure the safety of younger siblings present at the venue and assist in minimising any disruptions they may make to the class.
Dress: Hearn School of Irish Dancing uniforms are available for purchase through the fund raising committee. Shirts/top/shorts/skirts/short dresses are acceptable. It is better that the dancer’s knees can be seen for technical input. More advanced dancers should ensure they have appropriate attire for ground work. Dancers with long hair should wear their hair tied back.
Shoes: For new beginners, please bring a pair of shoes that will stay on your child’s feet, are light and in which they can point their toes, e.g. jiffy slippers or light sandshoes. Shoe suppliers are present at competitions that are held approximately monthly. Please also see our links pages for the different suppliers. There is also a limited supply of 2nd hand shoes available. Your teacher will advise you when you need to buy hard/heavy shoes.
Costumes: These are not essential, but they will be needed for competitions from primary level (from Intermediate level in 2012) up, and are also useful for performances. Class/school costumes can be arranged to be made. These are used for displays and initial competitions. A limited number of 2nd hand costumes are available. Once the dancer has advanced, individual costumes can be made and worn. Beginner dances may only wear a class costume or a simple skirt and top (girls), shorts/slacks (boys). To care for class/solo costumes, keep covered, and store flat at all times. The use of underarm guards are compulsory.