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Celtic Circle welcomes students from age five and up, with the aim of teaching each one to the best of their ability. The material covered includes the traditional Irish dance syllabus as well as the school’s own choreography. The aim of the school is to encourage all dancers to work as a close-knit team while having fun and instructors approach the students holistically, paying as much attention to a dancer’s enjoyment as their standard of dancing. Classes are offered weekly, following school terms, but with holiday workshops, across Gloucestershire.

Current Cheltenham timetable:

Tuesday 5pm – 5.45pm Beginner
5pm – 5.45pm Novice
  5.45pm – 6.30pm Intermediate
  6.30pm – 7.30pm Senior & figure team
Wednesday 5.15pm – 6pm Advanced
  6pm – 6.45pm Adult beginners
  6.45pm – 7.30pm Adult intermediate/improvers
Thursday 4.30pm – 5.30pm Novice/BeginnerElmscroft Community Centre

Starting autumn 2012 – registrations being taken NOW!
Stroud beginners/improvers, Wednesday 5pm – 5.45pm
Gloucester beginners/improvers, Friday 5pm – 5.45pm


Novice (from 5 years)

These are social, physical and fun sessions in a structured environment, offered once children have started to experience the discipline of a school environment. Novice classes focus on developing posture, rhythm, basic skills, coordination and confidence with guidance and supervision. No requirement for shoes, uniform or term fees (pay as you go) for the first term. Once dancers are happily settled, progress records are introduced to encourage children to achieve their own maximum potential.


Intermediate level dancers are encouraged to expand their technical skill and ability in light shoe dancing while further enhancing their Irish dancing competence with the introduction of heavy shoes. This new challenge takes time, stamina and effort, but fun is still paramount. From intermediate level, dancers are offered the experience of performing at external functions and festivals.


Once competent in both light and heavy shoes, the advanced level focuses on developing confidence, precision and performance skills while mastering very complex steps and routines.


A highly-skilled class, mainly for retired feis and performance dancers, the emphasis is on new choreography, experimentation and performance, while maintaining core fitness.


Adult classes have the same standard of instruction as all other classes, but are far more relaxed. The beginner’s classes are very much for those who wish to have fun, learn a new skill and dance their way to fitness, whereas the intermediate level welcomes former Irish dancers and those grown-ups who fancy the challenge of the next stage. Be warned: there are performance opportunities for the brave!