Join us on Saturday 26th February 2022 in Espoo, Finland for the first in a series of weekend Irish dance workshops!
These classes will mark the start of regular classes and workshops that will be held throughout the year in Finland (with dancers invited to take part in workshops in Ireland too). Classes will be taught Mark Hennessey TCRG who is a registered teacher with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha. Dancers who attend regular classes will be eligible to complete grading exams as well as take part in Feiseanna (Irish dancing competitions) around Europe and worldwide.
Dancers who wish to take classes as a casual hobby or fun/fitness as well as those wishing to compete and to challenge themselves are are all welcome to join. These initial classes will be for all levels together (more information below). Subsequent weekend workshops throughout the year will include additional workshops for beginners and advanced groups separately. Online classes are also available throughout the year for those who may wish to receive regular training.
Hennessey Irish Dance
Opening Weekend Finland
Irish Dance Workshops
Saturday 26th February
2pm – 4pm – Light Shoe Class
4pm – 6pm – Heavy Shoe Class
These classes are suitable for all levels and beginners are very welcome!
Warm up and initial drills/exercises will be done together as a group with varying levels of difficulty. These will cover basic moves for the absolute beginner as well as more difficult and technical exercises to challenge more advanced dancers. Dances covered will include an introduction to the first dances needed for anyone who would like to take part in grading exams or work towards achieving their TCRG (teachers qualification). There will also be more advanced choreography covered for those who may wish to learn competition/performance level steps.
There will also be performance opportunities at festivals and cultural events both locally and internationally for those who are be interested in being a part of the new performance group Rince Revontulet. This will include collaborations with musicians from the newly formed Finnish branch of the European Irish Music Ensemble. The ensemble will hold in person workshops/lessons on Sunday to coincide with the dance workshops. These sessions are open to those who have already registered for the online classes as well as those who have not.
Irish Music Workshops
Sunday 27th February
12pm – 2pm – Beginners
2pm – 4pm – Beginners & Advanced
A Sunday Gathering
Participants are invited to return on Sunday 27th February for a very special informal gathering of musicians and dancers in the studio. This will give dancers an opportunity to hear some live traditional Irish music with an intimate performance from Mark (who also toured as a solo fiddle player with Lord of the Dance), as well as the meeting musicians from the European Irish Music Ensemble. Some simple ceilí dances will also be taught during the session and the dancers will have the opportunity to dance some of their steps to some live music. This event is free of charge for dancers who attend either workshop on Saturday and a great opportunity for all of the members to get to know each other. More information will be given at this session about the upcoming events and opportunities throughout the year and give you the opportunity to contribute any ideas you may have for the groups and this new community of singers, musicians and dancers. For those who can not attend on the Saturday but would like to come attend the gathering, individual tickets are available. Please complete the registration form below and we will be in touch with further information.