Why choose Trionoide Academy of Irish Dance?
Trionoide is the only school in the Triangle with locations in both Western Wake County and in North Raleigh. We are proud to have Dan Triggle, TCRG, three-time World Champion and professional dancer in Riverdance as our dance instructor. We offer Irish dance classes in an encouraging and professional atmosphere. Our dance classes are designed to take students from their first introduction to Irish dance to a full and varied course of training. The school has an enthusiastic staff of professionally experienced teachers supplemented by visiting guest teachers. A close working partnership between student and teacher is an important aspect of our program. Whether in pursuit of becoming an Open Champion dancer or simply to derive the joys and physical benefits of Irish dance, our students enjoy the highest quality classes in a warm and nurturing environment.
What types of classes are there?
We offer all levels of dance classes including solo classes, ceili classes (group and performance classes) and adult classes. The registration form with current rates for new beginners is available on our website. For new students above the beginner level, please contact us for rates and placement.
How do I know Trionoide is a reputable school?
Our best advertisement is how our dancers perform on the local, national, and international level. We have an outstanding reputation in our community and beyond—just ask any of our dance families! We are also a big supporter of our Irish community, participating in local Irish events and charitable fundraisers.
Who do I contact if I have a question about classes and/or registering?
E-mail Karen Johnson at Karen@trionoide.com or call 919-961-1905.
What class options are available at Trionoide for new beginners?
We have 2 options for brand new students to Irish dance. Our Beginner 1 class is for all ages, 4 through adult and our Teen/Adult class is for teens and adults only. Please see our schedule page for days and times these classes are offered.
Is my child too old to begin Irish dancing?
We welcome beginners of all ages, and believe that anyone who loves Irish dancing will have a rewarding experience in the sport, regardless of age.
Do boys take Irish dancing?
Yes they do, and we love having them! In fact, back before Irish dance became the global phenomenon it is today, more boys took Irish dancing than girls. Many of the boys who have come through our program in both the children’s and adult classes have made great life-long friendships here and have enjoyed getting involved in performing and competing.
Is it okay if my child has never taken any other type of dance before?
That is fine, and in fact, it’s expected. Trionoide runs like any other dance studio in that we expect our beginners to be brand new not just to Irish dancing, but to dancing in general.
What if my child has experience in another type of dance, should she still start in as a beginner?
Experience in any type of dance is valuable background, but if your child is new to Irish dancing, then he/she should start in a beginning level class. Irish dancing is different from ballet, tap and jazz. We constantly reevaluate the class placement of our students, and would be happy to discuss options available should your child wish to progress more quickly.
What does my dancer wear on the first day of class?
For the beginner dancer who has not taken a lesson before, the dancer should wear shorts/skort, T-shirt and be sure to have a pair of socks. Shorts should show the knees so that our teachers can properly train the student with technique. Tights or leggings are acceptable but no loose yoga pants or sweatpants in class.
What can my dancer expect during the first day of class?
Your dancer will meet the teacher and the other students in the class and start to learn the basic skills involved in Irish dance such as turnout, arms at the sides of the body and pointing the feet.
What is the structure of the class?
We begin each dance class with stretching and a proper warm up and then move onto technique, skills, and drills. , The remainder of the class is used to teach Irish dance steps such as reels and jigs.
Do all Trionoide students participate in Irish dancing competitions?
No. The choice to compete is up to each family, and we respect the choice that’s right for them. While we have many dancers who compete annually at the regional, national and world level, we have many dancers who take our class for enjoyment of learning Irish dance, for exercise and the friendships they make in class.
How have dancers at Trionoide fared at local, regional, national, and international competitions?
How can I find out the rules of Irish dance competitions and find competitions that I can participate in?
You can visit these two very resourceful sites to get started with finding information on competing:
Do all Trionoide students perform?
Many choose to perform as an outlet to show off their progress in class, but again, no one is required to participate in anything outside of class. For those who are interested in performing in the community, Trionoide dancers perform monthly at local Irish pubs, and year-round at festivals, retirement homes, schools, and private functions. We sometimes also elect to have a recital.
When will my dancer be able to perform in local shows and performances?
As soon as they learn their first step of the reel! We have all levels of dancers in our shows.
Will we need to purchase dancing shoes?
We recommend that new beginning students attend their first few classes before purchasing shoes. At our studio, we stock brand new Irish dance shoes but also have an inventory of used dance shoes for sale.
What is our obligation once we register, do we have to stay for the whole year?
Students may stop at any time. Our calendar is based on a 44-week year, and tuition is due on the first of every month, except for July, which is our “rest” month. We also take a break around the Christmas/New Year holiday. We also offer a variety of summer camps for the dancer who wishes to keep their dance skills fresh. As a courtesy, we ask that you let us know in writing ahead of time if your dancer does not want to continue.
What’s the history of Irish dance? Why do the girls wear those wigs, poodle socks and fancy dresses?
http://www.irelandseye.com/dance.html –good stuff on this website.
Is the studio well-equipped with adequate dance flooring and equipment?
Both Trionoide locations in Raleigh and Apex have “sprung” dance floors that reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without getting tired. We offer spacious dance studio rooms at both of our class locations with good lighting, ventilation, water fountains, restrooms, etc.