Classes

Our classes are changing from a 5-week session to 6-weeks. The next session of classes start Sept. 13, 2021

  • Step Class is 6:30 – 7 pm.  The fee is $24 for the entire 6 weeks.
  • Irish Social Dance (Ceili) is 7-8 pm and the fee is $30 for the entire 6 weeks.

The class registration fee (Sept 2021-May 2022) is $15/individual or $25/family. 

We will still be wearing masks and classes will be ‘no touch’. No pre-registration is required; however we ask that you come a few minutes early to pay by exact amount, cash or check.  Feel free to invite any friends, family, acquaintances as the class size is no longer as restrictive as in the fall.  We are looking forward to seeing you in class again!

Registration/Membership
Lincoln Irish Dancers welcomes students with any or no dance experience! All classes and events, unless otherwise noted, will be held at Eastridge Presbyterian Church, 1135 Eastridge Dr., Lincoln, NE 68510. There is plenty of parking. Classes are held in the Family Life Center (basement); use the main west doors, turn right and head down the stairs. Classes are held on Monday nights, with the first class beginning at 6:30. (NOTE: classes are designed so that you can start any 6-week session during the year).

All class fees are due at the beginning of each session. LID accepts both cash and checks. (Sorry, we cannot process credit cards). All fees for returned/insufficient funds checks are the responsibility of the payor. To speed up registration the first night of class of the first session you attend, please download and complete the “Registration and \Waiver Form” from the panel at right. (You can leave the name of the form visible as is). Non-dancing Lincoln Irish Dancers members may complete the form annually and provide it along with annual membership renewal. The form and membership renewal of $15 individual and $25 family may be mailed to Lincoln Irish Dancers, P.O. Box 83975, Lincoln, NE 68501-3975, or brought to a LID member event.


Schedule for the 2021 Season

Session 1: (6 weeks with fees adjusted)

9/13/21 – 10/28/21 Irish Social Dance $30

9/13/21 – 10/28/21 Step Class $24

10/25/21 Celebration TBD

Session 2: 6 weeks

11/1/21-12/6/21 Irish Social Dance $30

11/1/21-12/6/21 Step Class $24

Holiday Hooley 12/13/21

Session 3:

1/3/22-2/7/22 Irish Social Dance $30

1/3/22-2/7/22 Step Class $24

2/28/22-3/14/22 TBD – Specialty Dances

3/21/22 No classes

3/28/22 Community Free Try-It

Session 4:

4/4/22-5/9/22 Irish Social Dance $30

4/4/22-5/9/22 Step Class $24

Annual Meeting 5/16/22


Our classes

Irish Step Dance Class | Irish Social Dance Class | Performance Class

Scroll down for a chart with fees, prerequisites and more. 

Irish Step Dance Class

Step dancing is a solo dance style; i.e., not done in sets (groups). This is a class for ages 7 through adult. Basic steps are taught and worked into easy reel and jig combinations

Step class with distancing
Step dance class with distancing

Irish Social Dance (Ceili) Class
A ceili (“KAY-lee”) is a social event with traditional Irish music and dancing. This style of group dancing has similarities to square dances, barn dances and contra dances, which are done in lines or circles. This class is for those 12 years and older; younger ages with other dance experience may be allowed with instructor approval. There is no upper age but all students should be able to move freely. Couples welcome but no partner required. New students may be paired with more experienced dancers to facilitate teaching/learning. No pre-registration is required.


Social Dance with distancing
Social Class with distancing

Performance Class

Performance class is for current students who wish to perform with LID and have instructor approval. Classes are held weekly from 8:00 – 8:30/9:00 from the beginning of the LID year (fall through spring). From November through February, class session time may increase to 60 minutes. From February through early April, Performance Class will be used for fine-tuning and/or rehearsal for upcoming performances. March rehearsals typically last 90-120 minutes. Performers are asked to commit to attending this class. There is no fee.

The minimum requirement for performing is one session of Irish Social Dance plus instructor approval. Approval will depend on demonstrating the ability to execute the steps and routines of the performance numbers. Those interested in performing should ask about how to prepare for this.

As a “thank you” for all the volunteer time performers invest in LID, performers may deduct $5/class when they know ahead of payment date that they will not be able to attend all classes.  This applies to step dance class as well as social dance class.  


Recommended Attire

We encourage students to wear flexible knit pants, workout attire or capris/shorts, neither tight and restrictive nor excessively baggy. We prefer NO denim jeans, as denim tends to be too hot to dance in and restricts movement.

Tennis shoes are acceptable for students in Irish Social Dance class, as are jazz shoes and ballet slippers. Bring a pair of shoes to change into so outside dirt, rocks, wetness do not come onto the dance floor on your street shoes.    

For Performance Class, students should wear Irish dance shoes (ghillies), jazz shoes or Zumba shoes which allow dancing on toes.

Please, no dangling or jingling jewelry, keys, change, cell phones, or distracting gadgets, etc. Hair should be kept out of the face.


Class Times/Pre-requisites/Cost

Class When? For Whom? Cost
Step Dance Class Fall & Spring

6:30-7:00 pm

Anyone age 7 and up

$24/individual/6 week class session + annual registration fee at initial class

Annual registration fee is $15/individual or $25/family

Irish Social Dance (Ceili) 7-8 pm Anyone age 12 & up (or with instructor permission) new to Irish dance. Prerequisite: Pre-registration required.

$30/individual/6 week class session + annual registration fee at initial class

Annual registration fee is $15/individual or $25/family

Performance 8:00-8:30 pm October-December; April-May

8:00-9:00 pm January-March

Lincoln Irish Dancers performers. Prerequisite: Advanced student status. Paid annual registration fee
       

Refund Policy/ Cancellation Policy

While students may pay ahead for future sessions if they wish, no refunds are issued for missed classes/sessions.    

In the event the instructor is unable to provide class on a specific evening due to illness, weather or other unforeseeable circumstance, this information will be disseminated through the member email list, posted on Facebook, and every effort will be made to contact dancers signed up for that session as soon as a determination has been made. When class is cancelled by the instructor/LID Board, the fee for one class will be applied toward the student’s next class.

As a “thank you” for all the volunteer time performers invest in LID, performers may deduct the fee/class when they know ahead of payment date that they will not be able to attend all classes. This applies to both Step Dance and Social Dance classes.

Weather policy: Inclement weather or other cancellations are NOT tied to Lincoln Public Schools cancellations. However, if UNL and/or SCC cancel evening classes because of snow/inclement weather, there will be no class that night. The main UNL (www.unl.edu) or SCC (www.southeast.edu) web pages will indicate when classes are cancelled, as will various radio and television stations (for UNL and SCC, not for LID). Members are encouraged to make their own determination as to whether they feel conditions are safe for them to attend class, and if not, STAY HOME. NOTE: LID class sessions are not adjusted for LPS vacations/federal holidays.

Change of Venue: On the rare occasion of a change in class venue, a sign will be posted on the front door of Eastridge Presbyterian directing students to Fourth Presbyterian Church, 5200 St. Francis Street.

COVID Information

Precautions for class

COVID measures: The following are safety guidelines:All dancers must wear a face covering, not vented, so please bring your mask and put it on prior to entering the building. Face coverings must cover both nose and mouth.  (While dancing, you might be more comfortable breathing through your mouth rather than just through your nose.)

  • All dancers are asked to sign in the beginning of class, as attendance is being kept.
  • Tables, chairs, restrooms will be sanitized prior to class.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available but dancers may wear disposable gloves if they wish to bring them.
  • The drinking fountain will NOT be available so all dancers must bring their own water bottle to class. After having a drink, put your mask back on.
  • Food is currently not allowed.

General COVID Precautions

  • Dancers with a fever or any symptom of COVID-19 as outlined and updated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html) may not attend classes until 10 days after their last symptoms go away.
  • Dancers who have been exposed to COVID-19 and are as a result are in quarantine for 14 days may not attend classes.
  • Frequent thorough handwashing for at least 20 seconds using soap and water is encouraged. 

NOTE about COVID-related cancellation:  If the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department COVID-19 Dashboard (https://lincoln.ne.gov/city/covid19/) goes into the red/severe level the church will have to close and class will be cancelled. The process of notification will be the same as when class is cancelled due to inclement weather; that is, notification will be posted on the Facebook Lincoln Irish Dancers site (https://www.facebook.com/lincolnirishdancers/). Effort will also be made to send a notification email to members.