“The Walker School of Irish Dance not only provides expert tuition in technical Irish Dance lessons; it is an extended family; a warm and nurturing environment, where teachers share the passion and the joy of this unique dance form with their students”.
The school was founded in 2001 by the Walker family. Adrian Walker (TCRG/ADCRG/BEd.) is the principal teacher alongside Ann Truman (TMRF) and Peg Walker. The ‘Walker’ teachers strive to create a class environment which is highly productive and constructive, and together with their lively enthusiasm for the dance form, classes are an enjoyable and social experience, with a strong emphasis on a warm and nurturing environment.
Adrian, the principal teacher, has had over twenty years experience with Irish Dance (including professional experience in Michael Flatley’s ‘Lord of the Dance’), and ensures that the technical aspects of the dance form are explicitly taught through imaginative choreography, which includes a combination of traditional and contemporary steps. The school focuses on both solo and team dancing. Solo dancers are given the opportunity to develop their skills at different levels, in both hard shoe and soft shoe. During solo classes students learn the technique of Irish dancing, in particular regard to footwork, deportment, rhythm, and the development of dance strength and stamina. Students are encouraged to maximise their dancing potential, and therefore develop a strong sense of confidence, determination, focus and commitment; whilst experiencing the joy of Irish Dance. Students have the opportunity to compete in local competitions and State, National and International Championships.
Teams are an integral part of Irish dancing, and all experienced dancers are given the opportunity to learn this aspect of the dance form. Students will learn traditional ‘ceili’ dances, as well as contemporary choreographies, and performance skills.
We hope to share the passion and joy of our unique dance form with you!