A Winning Tradition since 1985 ...  Empowering Dancers to be their best for 30 years

One of the most decorated Irish Dance programs in North America   

| FAQs  | Philosophy | Contact  |

Need fast help?     

bullet Visit our FAQs. We have easy answers to the questions that are asked the most.
 
bullet Send us an Email or leave a Voicemail and we will return a call as soon as possible.
 

frequently Asked Questions...

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive at the Academy.  If you can't find the answer to your question here, feel free to send us an email or give us a call. 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN?

While watching in awe at a dance school performance, a parent may wonder "How long would it take for my child to learn to do those amazing steps?" This all depends on the dancer's age, talents, commitment, home practice, etc. Every dancer is different and progresses at their own pace — however—that pace can be accelerated by practice and commitment. It is important to note, that unlike grade school – a dancer does not progress to a new level each year. Irish dancing is based on learning various dances and steps, while perfecting the basics. It is common to remain in a dance level for more then one year. Since the steps change yearly, dancers won’t be become bored by remaining in the same level.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

The dance year typically runs from September through June.  All classes are currently in session, however, the Academy is always looking to accommodate new dancers into the program.  Feel free to send us an email and we will have someone from the teaching staff get back with you and advise you of class openings.

How long should my child practice?

The famous statement “Practice makes perfect” is so true. A little bit of practice each day makes a huge difference. Practice helps a child to remember what they have been taught. The average child attends one dance class a week so they are bound to forget something. They go to school five days a week for six hours and forget things. We have posted practice guides to help. Remember a beginner should do 10 or 15 minutes and the more advanced you get the longer you practice.

As a parent can I watch my child’s lesson?

It is the Academy's policy to ask all parents to wait outside of the room where lessons are being given.  This policy is based on many year’s of experience regarding what works best for both the teachers and dancers and causes the least disruption in teaching.

Do I have to compete?

No.  Dancers are encouraged to set their own goals, competitive or recreational.  Instruction, however, will always stress proper form and technique.

WHAT SHOES DO BEGINNER AND TOTS NEED AND WHAT DOES MY DANCER NEED TO WEAR ? 

Beginner and Tot students may start out Irish dancing by using the soft soled starter ballet shoes that usually can be found at Target or Wal-Mart. Dancers may also use the "ghille" Irish dance shoes that are sold at the Irish Import stores—but they are not required. Dancers cannot dance in socks. In addition, dancers should wear shorts and a t-shirt for all their lessons. Mullane Healy Godley Academy shorts, t-shirts, and dancewear will be available for purchase shortly. 

 

DO I NEED A COSTUME?

Dancers are not required to immediately get a costume and some dancers will not get one until their second or third year. However a dancer who wants to compete in Open Feises must have a costume. Information on ordering a class costume will be distributed during the dance year.  Dancers may still participate in the Family Feis, St. Patrick’s Day performances, and the recital without purchasing a costume.

ARE THEIR ANY FUNDRAISING COMMITMENT THAT I NEED TO MEET?

No, unlike other Academies that have financial fundraising obligations there are no mandatory fundraising obligations required of the parents and dancers.  The Academy though is built on our parents, who in partnership with the teaching staff, assist in Academy activities such as the running of school sponsored Feiseanna, school sponsored events such as our Parent's Parties, Ceili Nights, etc.  Support of these events is encouraged by all parents within the Academy.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON EACH MONTH? 

Each month the Academy sends out a MHG Minutes newsletter that explains all upcoming events. In addition the Academy has a website which contains email access to teachers and a question message board. Finally you can feel free to leave a message on the voicemail system or see your teacher directly.