Sean Culkin began his teaching career with a few adult evening classes. Even though most of the Culkin School students are now children, the Culkin School continues to have a strong commitment to adult Irish dancers and has the largest adult program in North America!
The Culkin School offers a variety of classes for adult Irish dancers. As in the children’s classes, the adult classes are designed to prepare students to successfully compete, but the decision to compete is entirely up to the dancer. While many adults compete and perform, there are also students who take classes for fun, exercise and love of Irish music and dance. Classes are a combination of step (solo) and figure dancing (group dancing) and all adult classes have several assistant instructors, who help keep the classes moving at a nice pace for everyone.
WHERE & WHEN CAN I START?
Our adult classes are held at Glen Echo Park in the Spanish Ballroom Annex. *2017 FALL REGISTRATION HAS OPENED!* Please just click the link below in blue, which will take you to the Glen Echo Park registration page. Choose your class level and follow the prompts! Our Adult Program is in conjunction with Glen Echo Park.
The Adult Program is split into “quarters”. Each session consists of approximately eight weeks of Monday evening classes. A dancer can register for just one or all of the sessions! If life or work interfere, you can join at the start with any of the quarters, which begin in September, December, February and April. Please see the start dates of each session below:
- September 11-November 27, 2017
- December 11-February 12, 2018 (note: no class on 12/25/17 or 1/1/18)
- February 18-April 16, 2018 (note: no class on 4/2/18)
- April 23-June 18, 2018 (note: no class 5/28/18)
- Beginning Irish Dance Solos and Figures (6:45-7:45pm)
- Intermediate Irish Dance Solos and Figures (7:45-8:45pm)
- Advanced Irish Dance Solos and Figures (8:45-9:45pm)
Please note that competitive figures classes and traditional set classes are held on Wednesday nights at Hughes United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, MD from 7:30-9:30pm. For more details, please talk to Phil Stacy, the Adult Program Director. Click here for directions to Hughes.
The Culkin School offers classes for the Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced adult dancer. Adult classes are grouped so that each student receives individualized attention from our teaching staff. In addition to our certified instructors, advanced-level adult instructors assist in our classes to ensure good teacher-to-student ratios.
Beginner teens, aged 16 and up, are invited to join the adult beginners class. Adult students with previous experience should contact the school regarding placement into an appropriate adult class. Click here to email Phil Stacy, who is the Adult Program Coordinator.