The Irish Dance Academy

The perfect place to learn Irish Dance in Edinburgh.The Irish Dance Academy

Irish Dance with Personality!
Scotland’s premier multiple Award Winning Irish Dancers.
Relaxed, Fun, Professional classes at The Irish Dance Academy for all ages and skill sets.

Working with Dancebase, Edinburgh University Modern Dance Society and Fitness Chicks as well as locations in Leith and Stockbridge.

In association with World Irish Dance Association our ‘Trad Class’ is the traditional Irish Dance class set up with jigs, reels, ceili dances and set dances to keep you working out and learning loads of steps at your level. You can choose to compete or not – the same attention is given on a one-to-one basis regardless of your skill set. There are no ‘favourites’ here.
We are all here because we love to dance and the teachers aim to help you to ‘become the dancer you have always wanted to be’.

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Siamsoir is our Award Winning Troupe. They specialise in Performance Irish Dance – a more lyrical and creative approach taught by Siamsoir since 1999 and has since won them The Best Dance and Theatre Award at an International Festival. You can take classes at the Academy to learn this style and take part in performances. Ideally suited to those dancers who like to be on stage and learn fun choreography.

All our teachers are professionally trained in correct and specific Irish Dance technique for warm ups, stretches and cool downs. With Professional FitnessInstructor qualifications, and Safe and Effective Dance qualification from Trinity College London you are in the safest and most experienced hands. Teachers also have or are working towards TCRG qualifications.

There’s so much more to Siamsoir and The Irish Dance Academy than just classes…
The academy has its own Training Academy where you can train as an Irish Dance Academy teacher.
We run an annual Irish Dance Residential Bootcamp Weekend.
We perform at Festivals nationally and internationally open to all Academy dancers and so much more.

Siamsoir are actively part of the Traditional music festival scene, appearing on stage with internationally and nationally acclaimed bands like the Peatbog Faeries, The boys of the Lough and performing their award winning shows at festivals like SpeyFest, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Aviles Celtic Festival in Spain and The Big Burns Supper, Dumfries.

Artistic Director, Jennifer, is the PR representative for the Board of The Edinburgh Festival of Ireland, whose aim, which we share, is to promote Credible Celtic Culture in Edinburgh and throughout the UK.

Through our unique approach to teaching dance, the Academy enables students at weekly workshops to learn about themselves, team work, positivity, health & fitness and ambition; all whilst having fun learning to Irish dance!

Siamsoir does not just teach steps … you get out of it, exactly what you put in.

We can’t wait to meet you! Get involved!

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