a non-competitive traditional Irish dance program at
Longview Plaza--1742 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14606
Welcome to Rince Na Saor, Rochester's recreational Irish dance school! Since 1997, Rince Na Saor ("rinka na sayer") has provided an alternative to the typical competition-based Irish dance school, offering children and adults the opportunity to learn traditional Irish dance in an environment focused exclusively on recreational students. Rince Na Saor's unique curriculum was developed specifically to meet the needs of the recreational student, which include lower costs, a smaller time commitment, and a more relaxed learning pace.
There are several different types of Irish dance, all of which are available at Rince Na Saor. We offer instruction in the Modern style of Irish stepdance which most people know from Riverdance, including hard shoe and soft shoe stepdancing, ceili and figure dances, traditional and contemporary set dances, family dances, and dance dramas. We also offer Rochester's first Sean Nós classes ("shah nose"--old style Irish stepdancing), and Country Set classes for beginners.
The links below will tell you more about us, and you can contact me at kathyw[at]rns.dance with any questions you may have.
Our next ceili is Saturday, January 25, 8 p.m., at McGinnity's on West Ridge Road! Admission is $7.00 ($5.00 for Comhaltas members), and children under 16 are free. Bring a donation for the raffle, and admission is free!
There will be a "Beginner's Basics" session right before the ceili at 7:45 p.m. to go over common movements in Irish Social Dancing. We teach and call all the dances, so no experience is necessary to enjoy a ceili. Hope to see you there!
Sean Nós, or "old style" stepdancing, is offered in single class workshops and 4 lesson sessions. The workshops are a great place to start, while the sessions move beyond the basics. Beginners may start in either workshops or sessions.
Our Winter Sean Nós Workshop will be Friday, February 28, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Our Winter Sean Nós Session will be Fridays, March 6, 13, 20, 27, 8:30-9:15 p.m.
This is an exellent video describing Sean Nós dancing. Since it was filmed, Sean Nós has become very popular all over Ireland, and has made its way to America.
One of my favorites, Kieran Jordan, Sean Nós dancing to jigs. A useful reminder that Irish dance need not be fast to be compelling.
Many thanks to the many dancers who attended the Sean Nós and Social Dancing workshops at the Irish Cultural Day at St. John Fisher on November 2! There were several new faces, Rince Na Saor students, and Country Set dancers, and we all had a wonderful time!