McELHATTON IRISH DANCE





FRIENDSHIP. COMMUNITY. DANCE.
FRIENDSHIP. COMMUNITY. DANCE.
O chestnut tree, great rooted blossomer, Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole? O body swayed
to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance? -William Butler Yeats



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ABOUT OUR SCHOOL

The McElhatton School of Irish Dancing in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada was established in 2002. Our students range in age from preschool to adult. We believe that Irish Dancing is both an individual and a team sport. Our primary focus is building supportive relationships and community connections to foster resiliency in our students and to encourage their lifelong physical activity through dance.

We know dance.

We shine when we perform throughout the greater Edmonton area as we celebrate and showcase our love of music, dance, and culture. We are registered with C.L.R.G., Dublin; W.C.I.D.T.A., Western Canada; I.D.T.A.N.A., North America.

Our students participate in competititons ("feisanna") year round throughout Western Canada and North America, including qualifiers for the World Championships.

Contact Us if you would like to hire our performance team to perform at your special event.

Watch Us Dance

Dancers on Road Action Shot Lift

WHO WE ARE

We are a modern Irish dance school rooted in tradition. Our director and choreographer, Monica McElhatton, first learned dance in Ireland from her grandparents who were dance masters in Irish National Schools. Monica was among the first group of Western Canadians to compete at the World Irish Dancing Championships.

Monica took a hiatus from Irish Dance to pursue Bachelor’s degrees in Arts and Education and a Master’s Degree in English at the University of Alberta. When Monica’s four children were young, she returned to dance and soon qualified as a T.C.R.G., a registered teacher with the Irish Dancing Commission in Dublin. In 2012, Monica earned her A.D.C.R.G., Árd Diploma Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha (Highest Diploma in Gaelic Dancing), which certifies her as a qualified Adjudicator of Irish Dance competitions.

Monica’s Assistant Teacher is her daughter, Theresa Stasuk Yuen. Theresa is a registered Recreation Therapist and an accomplished Irish Dancer.

Monica

Monica McElhatton

School Director

BA, BEd, MA, TCRG, ADCRG (Irish Dancing Commission, Dublin)

Theresa

Theresa Stasuk Yuen

Assistant Teacher

BA (Psych), BARST (Recreation, Sports & Tourism), Registered Recreation Therapist

Students

Our Students

Junior & Senior Students

Mixed-age classes allow for learning through mentorship.

Performance Team

Performance Team

Students & Teachers

Our students and teachers team up for special event performances.

WHAT WE TEACH

We offer a variety of classes and supplemental training for children, adolescents, and adults.

If you'd like to try a FREE CLASS, please contact us by phone or email.

SOLO DANCING:
Reels, Jigs, and Hornpipes

GROUP DANCING:
Ceili Dancing and Figure Dancing

SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING:

Performance Choreography
Sport Conditioning

OUR CLASSES:
Beginner I and II; Advanced Beginner
Novice/Prizewinner; Championship
Adult Beginner to Prizewinner
Team/Performance

WHAT WE WEAR

Our dress guidelines ensure that students come prepared to stretch and move; restrictive clothing may cause injury. Please note denim-wear is not allowed in class. We will advise students on the purchase of proper Irish Dance Shoes upon registration.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT FOR CLASSES: Water Bottle, Skipping Rope

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COMPETITIVE DANCE CLASSES:
School Uniform
Pomps and Hard Shoes
Solo Dress (advanced levels)

TRIAL CLASSES:
Shorts/Dance Pants or Skirt
T-Shirt or Tank Top
Soft-Soled Dance Shoes / Flexible-Soled Sneakers

ADULT BEGINNER CLASSES:
Comfortable Athletic Clothing
Soft-Soled Dance Shoes / Flexible-Soled Sneakers
Pomps and Hard Shoes

SCHOOL COSTUME

All students registered in the school require a class costume. There is an annual costume rental fee that will be included with your registration details.

Our class costumes feature our school logo: two swans entwined in a Celtic knot. Swans symbolize grace, beauty, and the power of the self in Celtic Mythology.


The McElhatton Shop will be up and running shortly. In the meantime, please contact us by email or phone about purchasing dance wear and gear.

Our School Logo School Dresses

WHERE WE DANCE

Contact Us for information regarding schedules, registration and fees.

3rd Street Beat Entertainment Dance Studio
13883 156 Street, Edmonton
Tuesday & Friday Evenings

Connectivity Dance Studio
4709 51 Avenue, Leduc
(Day & Time TBA)

CONTACT McELHATTON IRISH DANCE

Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA

Phone: (780) 488-4919

Email: mcelhattonirishdance@gmail.com