• Ardú Academy

    Ardú Academy

    As qualified teachers with An Chomhdháil, we do our utmost to ensure that each child enjoys the many and varied aspects of Irish Dancing. Positive teaching methods are used to develop life skills such as self-confidence, discipline, concentration and listening skills, good sportsmanship and social interaction.

    Students at our school participate in a curriculum geared to both competitive and recreational dancing, including the option to participate in Grading Diploma Examinations yearly, with classes being offered in both solo and team dancing. Students are trained to develop strength and endurance with emphasis on technique, style and posture.

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What age can a child join?

Typically when they have started school, around the age of 4.

However, once a child is toilet trained and capable of following instruction - they are more than welcome to join our academy.

The easiest option, try it out and see how it goes...

What way is payment made?

Payment is made by the term, for beginners - this is typically €80 for a term of ten classes, or €8 per class.

Do I need to pay the full term in one payment?

No, not at all. Payments can be made in numerours different ways:

  • Full payment on class one
  • 50% payment on class one, 50% payment on class 6
  • 33% payment on class one, 33% payment on class 3, 33% payment on class 6

We simply don't collect weekly as it takes away from valuable teaching time in class.

We don't worry too much about payment, have a chat with us and we will work something out.

Is there family discount available?

Yes, absolutely - we offer discounts on our Beginners / Intermediate classes as follows:

  • 1st child - full price
  • 2nd child - 25% discount
  • 3rd child - 25% discount
  • 4th child - free

How many terms are in the year?

We operate with the school calendar, taking the typical mid-term breaks and summer holidays.

Therefore, there are usually 3 terms of 10 classes between September and June.

Does my child need dancing shoes / pomps before joining?

Absolutely not. We don't recommend investing in pomps until you are 100% sure they are going to stick with classes.

What does my child need to wear to class on day one?

All you need on day one is a comfortable pair of runners, leggings / tracksuit bottom and a T-Shirt / Hoodie.

Are you qualified, insured and garda vetted?

We are members of An Chomhdháil, one of the largest dancing organisations in the World.

As part of our membership, we must be fully insured each calendar year and garda vetting take place every 3-5 years.

We take the protection of your child as serious as we would our own!

Are parents allowed to stay in class?

Unfortunately not. All adults in the class must be garda vetted and as such parents are not able to stay in class on a regular basis.

However, if your child is a little nervous, it is permissible to stay at the start of the first class.

Don't worry, we will do everything we can to ensure your child settles quickly and enjoys each and every minute of class.

Do we need to enter competitions?

The simply answer is no. We don't force any dancer to enter the competitive side of Irish Dancing.

We have dancers who attend once a week for some fun, fitness and friendship and we have dancers who attend multiple times per week for competitive dancing and take part in the World Championships on a yearly basis.

This choice is completely personal, our job is to ensure each dancer attains their own goals, whether than be fun or success in competition.

It's very often the dancer themselves who makes that decision, not the parents and not the teachers - they go along with their friends in class.


If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out!


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