Beginner Class Schedule

Classes run year-round! Please use our online registration form and an instructor will be in touch to schedule your introductory class. 

BEGINNER CLASS SCHEDULE - CHILDREN

Beaverton (Main) Studio
Monday 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. (4-6 year olds)
Saturday 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. (7+ year olds)
Sunday 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Southeast Portland Studio
Thursday 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

BEGINNER CLASS SCHEDULE - ADULTS

Beaverton (Main) Studio
Wednesday 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do i need any experience to get started? 

No. Beginning students of all ages in The Murray School start out learning and mastering basic technique including foot placement, balance, posture and music. While mastering these techniques, four solo dances are taught in the soft shoes: Reel, Light Jig, Slip Jig and Single Jig. Students then move on to training in the hard shoes. Students will also learn group dances during their classes giving them a chance to develop team skills.

 

at what levels are classes taught?

Children's classes are split according to levels of experienced following the descriptions used in competitions: Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Novice/Prizewinner and Championships. Adult/Teen classes are beginner through advanced levels.

 

What do I wear to my first class?

Girls should wear bike shorts or leggings and a t-shirt, white socks, and ballet shoes if you have them (if not, socks are OK, too). Boys should wear soccer-style shorts and a t-shirt, white socks, and black ballet or jazz shoes i you have them (if not, socks are OK, too). It is imperative that the teacher is able to have an unrestricted view of the dancers legs, knees and feet.  Any clothing that will restrict this view or any clothing that will inhibit free movement of the dancer is not appropriate for class.

 

Do I need special shoes?

Dancers will start out in soft Irish dance shoes before they train in the hard Irish dance shoes. If a dancer already has a pair of black ballet shoes, they can wear these for class until they start performing or competing.  If you don't already own a pair of ballet shoes, you will need to purchase Irish soft shoes. Girls wear lace up soft shoes known as pomps or ghillies. Boys wear split soled jazz shoes. Girls soft shoes are available for purchase from The Murray School/Rose City Irish Dance Supply.

 

why should my dancer take classes with an accredited instructor?

An instructor accredited by CLRG has completed a certification known as TCRG (Teagascóir Choimisiúin le Rinci Gaelacha or “The Diploma of the Irish Dancing Commission”) and a passed a demanding series of "grade examinations." Grade Exams are designed to provide a strong foundation in Irish Dance by developing a candidate’s physical skills, stamina, expression, musicality and an appreciation and knowledge of the traditional dances and culture. 

In addition to demonstrating advanced knowledge of Irish dance and music, instruction methods, and dancer health and safety, TCRG instructors are required to register with and remain in good standing with their local regional authority (in the U.S., this is Irish Dance Teachers’ Association of North America (I.D.T.A.N.A.).

 

Do dancers compete? Do they perform in public? 

Competition isn't a requirement of students at The Murray School. Many of our dancers take classes for fun and for fitness. Others enjoy our public performances, especially each St. Patrick's Day! And many students pursue competitive Irish dance, an opportunity afforded only to students at accredited Irish dance schools such as ours.

Murray School students are encouraged to participate in our annual school sponsored Irish dance competition called The Portland Feis (pronounced FESH) The Portland Feis is a 501c3 organization dedicated to the promotion of Irish Dance and culture. It is also the longest running US Pacific Northwest Irish Dance competition. 

There are also other local and regional competitions throughout the year in which our dancers regularly participate. The Murray School has a fabulous track record in local and major competitions. Murray School dancers regularly qualify to compete at The World Irish Dance Championships and have placed on the podium in solos at The World Championships.

The Murray Irish Dancers Perform extensively throughout the Portland area all year round. Our performance troupe, which includes beginner through open championship level dancers, is especially busy around St Patrick’s Day. Being part of our performance troupe gives dancers at all levels of experience a chance to perform before a live audience. 

 

Do I need to purchase a performance or competition costume?

School costumes, designed exclusively for use by students in the Murray School, are worn for competitions and recitals in solo and team dances. The Murray School has an inexpensive beginner school costume which makes it easy for dancers to get started in performances and competitions. Novice and prizewinner level dancers wear a more elaborate and embroidered Murray School costume. These can be purchased new or used and are resold to another Murray School student when they no longer fit or a dancer retires.

Championship level dancers wear a solo costume for their solo competitions and a Murray School costume for their team competitions. At The Murray School, solo costumes are only worn in the championship levels of solo competition. The focus with our pre-championship dancers is on their technique and ability first and foremost. We have found that dancers are better prepared for championships when the focus is on their dancing, not on a solo costume.

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monthly tuition

1 hour per week - $70
2 hours per week - $100
Each additional hour - $30
Family discounts are available for two or more students.

 
Registration Fee

$25 per student or $40 per family

Please note that registration and first month's tuition are due upon enrollment at the Murray School.

 

studio locations

Beaverton (Main) Studio
9575 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. Suite B10 (Lower Level)
Studio entrance is on SW 96th Ave.
Beaverton, OR 97005

Southeast Portland Studio
Academy Of Kung Fu
3228 SE 21st Ave.
Portland, OR 97202