McBride School Of Irish Dance
At the McBride School of Irish Dance, we are committed to each and every dancer at every level! Our mission is to enrich and fulfill the lives of our dancers, families and community through Irish Dance. Irish Dancing is a fun and engaging way to form good healthy habits, including discipline, dedication, team work, physical fitness and, most importantly, friendships. Our staff is dedicated to assisting and encouraging all our students to reach for their goals.
The McBride School of Irish Dance was founded in 1967 under the direction of Ann McBride, ADCRG and has been providing quality Irish Dance instruction for over 50 years. With their combined experience and passion for teaching, Ann McBride and Eileen McBride-Parker take great pride in passing their love for Irish Dance and Culture to their dancers.
The McBride School is accredited and registered with An Coimisiun Le Rince Gaelacha (CLRG - the Irish Dance Commission) and the Irish Dance Teacher Association of North America (IDTANA), Western U.S. Region.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Our brand new beginner dancers will learn the four light shoe dances first: reel, light jig, slip jig and single jig. Once they have mastered these dances to music, they will be promoted to the advanced beginner classes where they begin to learn the hard shoe dances: hornpipe, hard jig and set dance.
As dancers gain experience, they learn harder and more complicated steps, and progress throught the different levels of beginner, advance beginner, novice, prizewinner and championship. The McBride school offers many opportunites to perform and compete throughout the year.
The McBride School has classes in Dublin, Oakland, Lafayette, San Ramon, San Rafael, Vallejo, and coming this winter to Tracy and Livermore, California.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
All our teachers danced and competed as children up through their young adult years. All our teachers have taken and passed the rigerous TCRG exam and are certified by the Irish Dance Commission (CLRG) to teach Irish Dance. All our assistant teachers are studying to take their TCRG exams. Ann McBride is also certiifed to judge irish dance competitions (ADCRG) and is a certified Grade Examiner.
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Please contact us for pricing.
How did you get started teaching?
All our teachers danced and competed as children up through their young adult years. Irish Dance is a way of life for them, and they look forward to passing on their love, passion and knowledge of Irish Dance to our students.