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.
We all had a great time in Rochester's first Sean Nós class! Sean Nós ("shah-nose") is "old style" Irish dancing,
low to the floor and with a relaxed upper body. See the video below and our "Class Schedule" page to watch some Sean Nós dancing.
Our next Sean Nós session of 4 classes will begin in January on Friday nights, 8:30-9:15 p.m., with another session following in March.
Winter Sean Nós Session--January 19, 26, February 2, 9.
Spring Sean Nós Session--March 2, 9, 16, 23
Classes are designed for beginners, and no experience is necessary. Lesson fees are $35 for the session, $10/class to "drop in". See our "Class Schedule" page for more information.
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.
Also starting this fall are Country Set Classes for beginners. Irish Country Sets are social dances which are similar to American square dances and fall under the "Low" style of Irish. Country Sets are a regular feature of our Rochester ceilithe (dance parties) held throughout the year at McGinnity's on West Ridge Road. See our "Class Schedule" page for more information.
I've received several queries about how old is "too old" to start learning Irish dance, so I'd like to clear up a few myths:
1) I have taught students from age 7 to those in their 60's. There is no one "right age" for anyone to start.
2) It is not necessary to have had any prior Irish dance instruction, or indeed any prior dance instruction; Rince Na Saor's Level I classes assume no dance instruction of any kind.
3) Irish dancing is not "too hard", for adults or anyone. Keep in mind that when you're watching Riverdance or Lord of the Dance, you're watching champion dancers. They're fabulous to watch, but not everyone dances at that level, just like all people who like to ski don't ski at an Olympic level (or give up skiing altogether because they can't ski at an Olympic level). Irish dance is a vast discipline, and there is plenty of dancing to be enjoyed at lower levels, plus Irish dance is great exercise!