Information Pack

The Irish Dance Academy, Scotland

Creating ‘once in a life time’ opportunities for Irish Dancers since 2005


The Irish Dance Academy (TIDA)

Founded in 2005 Siamsoir and The Irish Dance Academy (TIDA) has become synonymous with Irish Dance in Edinburgh with classes taught at different locations to suit you!

There are two distinct branches at The Academy– Traditional Irish Dance and Performance Irish Dance -we excel in teaching both styles. You can choose to do either or both!

Our Award Winning Performance Troupe, Siamsoir, have travelled nationally and internationally headlining at festivals and performing at corporate, charity and private events. Siamsoir is Gaelic for ‘The Entertainers’ – it’s our name, it’s what we do.

We were one of the first performance troupes in the UK and the first Academy dedicated to Performance Irish Dance – specialising in our own unique brand of fusion choreography.

Whatever your ambitions and goals, if Siamsoir can help you then we will.
There is more to The Irish Dance Academy than just Irish Dance!


Traditional Irish Dance or ‘Trad’

Traditional Irish Dancing is the foundation of everything that Siamsoir does. As award winning entertainers Siamsoir respects and appreciates its heritage. We feel that it is important for every dancer to learn their history; becoming fuller, more knowledgeable dancers by experiencing what has come before them.
The aim of Trad Class is to improve your knowledge, vocabulary and experience of traditional Irish Dance with the opportunity to compete if you want. We take a relaxed approach to competitions as fun and equality are at the centre of our ethos. At this class everyone can start at the beginner level and progresses at their own rate. Trad Class is taught in accordance with WIDA (World Irish Dance Association).

Trad class will improve your confidence, fitness levels, your Irish Dance technique and you will have so much fun doing it. Evert class includes an aerobic warm up, stretching instruction, technique drills, Ceili dances, Traditional and Modern set dances and the usual Trad dances in both soft and hard shoe appropriate to the level of class. – single jig, double jig, reel, slip jig, hornpipe, treble jig.

Dancers are encouraged to attend at least one semester at Stockbridge / Dancebase / Trad Class before moving on to the Dance Team.


Performance Irish Dance

We will train you in Irish Dance technique and performance skills. There are many opportunities to perform year round including our annual show at The Jam House for St Patrick’s season. We also offer Dance Camps and workshops as part of our ‘Inspiring Workshops’ series, which have included Riverdance dancers visiting and working with us.

As award winning and critically acclaimed Irish Dancers, Siamsoir have perfected performance Irish Dance techniques and love to share them with our dancers. What started as a small troupe of twelve dedicated dancers turned into multiple classes every week and an Academy of over 90 dancers. With a relaxed but professional approach to teaching, Jennifer Roxburgh, a qualified fitness instructor, qualified with Distinction in Safe and Effective Irish Dance Practice from Trinity College London, trained with Riverdance for two summers and working towards TCRG, ensures all classes are safe and fun!


The Management Team

Improve your CV and contribute to running this fantastic company. Experience the excellent team spirit which goes in to running the business behind the scenes. Find out more by emailing Jennifer.


Teacher Training Academy

Here at the Irish Dance Academy we also run a Teacher Training Academy.

One applicant a year is chosen to go through Teacher Training with the outcome of becoming a qualified WIDA TCRG approved Irish Dance Teacher teaching your own class here at The Irish Dance Academy.


Personal Training 1-2-1 Sessions

Having trained with Riverdance in summer 2015 and 2016, a fully qualified Fitness Instructor, a holder of the Safe and Effective Irish Dance Practice with Distinction from Trinity College London, and a teacher since 2002 our Director Jennifer offers you the opportunity to have a 1-2-1 session designed specifically around you and your dance goals through RoxyFit Irish Dance.

Whether you want to improve your flexibility, hard shoe technique, learn a new step or brush up on an old one then you can do this in the studio with her full attention focused on you; suitable for beginner, improver and advanced dancers alike.


TIDA Timetable

Sunday 5.30pm – 6.30pm: New to Irish Dance for Adults ( Life Care Centre )

Sunday 6:00 pm – 7.00 pm: Trad Class Beginner Adults ( Life Care Centre )

Monday 3.40pm – 4.25pm: Children’s Class age 5+ ( Taobh na Pàirce )

Tuesday 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm: Trad / Performance General Adults ( Dancebase )

Tuesday 7.30 pm – 9.00pm: Trad Class General Adults ( Fitness Chicks )

Thursday 5.30pm – 6.30pm: Trad/Performance EUMDS ( Pleasance )

Thursday 6.00 pm – 6.45 pm: Children’s Class ages 5+ ( Trinity Studio )

Thursday 6.45pm – 7.30pm: Children’s Class ages 8+ ( Trinity Studio )

Thursday 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm: TIDA Dance Team ( Trinity Studio )

School Locations
Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce, Bonnington Road, Edinburgh
Dance Base, Grassmarket, Edinburgh
Fitness Chicks Studio, 1 Porters Walk, Quartermile, Edinburgh
LifeCare Centre, Cheyne Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh
Trinity Studio, Leith Education Community Centre, The Kirgkate, Foot of Leith Walk

Booking and Paying for your class

Use our online booking system at
You can save time and money by booking monthly, full or half semesters.
Drop In fees and spaces are also available.

What do I need to bring?
Wear comfortable exercise-appropriate clothing and trainers for the warm up.
Bring your soft and hard shoes if you have them.
Beginners are not expected to have shoes.
Do bring water.