Flanagan's School of Irish Dance
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 What do Irish Dancers wear

 To class we wear  normal sports attire, we have our own T shirts, hoodies etc 

To perform or compete we dress everyone appropriately. We choose comfortable costumes to suit your budget. You will only need to buy a dress if you compete. Here at Flanagan's we stick to traditional values of Irish dance by focusing on the dancing. Our costumes follow traditions by  covering the arms and shoulders. Our skirts are a respectable length and we do wear special shorts underneath . Fake tan and make up is banned for under 11yrs and we don't force anyone to wear make up at any age. We do sometimes wear wigs as they are easier than styling hair but again you don't have to wear one. If you dislike wearing dresses we also don't mind if you prefer to wear trousers as long as you feel comfortable.

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Intermediate/Open outfit
Intermediate/Open outfit
Beginner/Primary outfit

Styles We Learn


Soft Shoe

Everyone starts with soft shoe to build up stamina and get used to basic moves and timings .You will be learning intricate steps performed in soft leather shoes. 


Heavy Shoe

 Fast rhythmical steps using strength and stamina. These steps are performed in a leather shoe with loud tips and heels


Ceili Dancing

 Performed as a team in soft shoes, these can be very fun to learn and perform.

There are different levels of dance  Beginner, Primary, Intermediate and Open. 

What will I need for class?

  • Uniform - Irish Dance is a high energy sport and you will sweat ! So you will need to wear sports clothing. You will also need our class uniform T Shirt as this is our uniform for adults and children worn during class and events .

  • Footwear - To start off you can either wear trainers or dance trainers for the first  few weeks. No other foot wear can be worn in the studio! You will need to purchase a pair of Irish Dance soft shoes. These offer comfort  and support. For shoe advice you can pick up our handy guide at class.   

  • Hydrate - Grab yourself a large drinks bottle and make sure you don't forget it for class. Its very difficult to get through class without water!