Irish Dancing



Irish dancing is a fantastic way to keep fit.  It is aerobic, strengthens technique and teaches great posture and helps to build great core muscles and strong legs.

Irish classes started at CSOD in 1997 after Miss Katrina finished performing in Gaelforce  on it's NSW tour.  

Since this time our students have competed at State, National and World Championship winning several titles along the way.  Students have also competed in locally held competitions each year.

This traditional dance form originated in Ireland but is popular worldwide.  Shows like Riverdance and Lord of the Dance increased it's popularity in the mid-90's, with the fast footwork, rhythmical beats and energetic jumps captivating audiences worldwide.  While it is steeped in tradition, Irish dancing is always evolving.  You will now find classes in most corners of the globe!


Irish dancing competitions are held around Sydney throughout the year.  These are also called "Feis".  CSOD students dance at this events under the name of Scoil Rince Creer.   Competitions are not compulsory.  However, students are encouraged to participate in at least one feis a year so they have a goal to work towards in class.

  1.          Irish dance masters would reportedly tie a piece of string around their pupil’s foot to help them learn their left from their right.

  2.          In the 18th century rival dance masters would also challenge each other at local fairs – dancing until one collapse from exhaustion! (Just like the hornpipe!)

  3.         Doors used to be taken off their hinges for solo dancer to practice their steps on – before hard shoes were invented!

  4.         Ringlets were once the fashionable hair do for Irish girls to wear to mass on Sundays. And it has stayed that way for Irish dancers. Now most cheat and wear wigs!

  5.          There are many theories why Irish dancers don’t use their arms. One is that the Church did not want boys and girls to hold hands so they made them dance with their hands by their sides!

NSW State Ceili Teams 2016

Hills Feis Prize Winners 2016

Irish Fun Facts !

Congratulations Liam Costello - 1st Place All Ireland Championships, October 2016, 4th Place World Championships April 2016,

Australian National Champion, September 2016

Irish Dancing Friends


There are five different levels of Irish dancing.  Students may win their way out of a grade or be promoted by their teach once they have reached a level of competence.

Beginners –       This is where the journey of all Irish dancers starts!

                           Students learn dances such as the light jig and reel.

                           Only soft shoes are worn. Leotard and skirt/ trousers and shirt are worn at competitions.              


Primary -             Steps start to become more complicated but there are restrictions on certain movements.                        

                            Hard or `heavy’ shoes are introduced. Leotard and skirt/ trousers and shirt are worn at competitions.



Elementary –     Steps are more advanced. Dancers can attempt more complicated moves. There are no rules about

                           what steps can be danced                        


                           It is only when students reach this level that they can wear an Irish dancing costume.                       

                           At CSOD we have costumes students can hire for this level of dancing.                      


Intermediate –   Again steps become more advanced.


Open -               The highest level of competition.         

Hills Feis 2017 booked for May 20 / 21 at Pennant Hills

Senior Figure Dance Team - National Championships September 2016

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