Farrell School of Irish Dance
Contact Michael Farrell, TCRG at 518-965-2352
Introduce your child to the joy of Irish dance from the age of 4, on up. New students will be able to perform a beginner Irish jig step in no time. As the dancer develops, more complex movements will be incorporated, eventually hard-shoe routines are introduced. As there is advancement in skill, more complex and difficult moves will be incorporated. Dancers are allowed to learn at their own pace.
Students are categorized (for class purposes) in to Beginner, Novice, & Advanced.
NO EXPERIENCE OR PARTNER NEEDED... Join us on Wednesdays for our adult Irish dance class. Students range from brand new, the never danced anything type, through the "retired" upper level dancer returning for fun and exercise. The adult class is lighthearted, a great source of exercise, and there's usually a lot of laughter. Instruction includes ceili (group dancing) and solo dancing. Meet other adult dancers, practice your moves, and have a great time!
The Farrell School does not operate like the typical dance school. Instead of having scheduling multiple classes for multiple dance disciplines, the Farrell school merges the disciplines in to one longer class, adding flexibility to focus on what the need or interest is. There's no need to register a dancer for 2 or more classes a week, no extra class tuition, and no extra commute to the studio.
The Farrell School strives to include all levels and ages of our dancers in our performances. Unlike some schools, we do not build a performance team. We encourage all our dancers to participate in our shows.
Many of our shows are at community events. Dancers understand that they are performing a community service when participating in shows at schools, fundraisers, nursing homes, etc. Many of our dancers log these shows to meet their obligated number of hours doing community work, usually as part of Confirmation or a school project.
RECITAL? Well, that's not what we do. The Farrell School has held an annual "school dance" for decades. It's a family outing and opportunity for dance families, friends and family to enjoy a choreographed performance by the dancers.
They are best defined as certified and non-certified schools or instructors. Certified schools, like the Farrell School of Irish Dance, meet the requirements of a sanctioning body on safety, ethics & quality, and therefore MAY compete. They provide the best in instruction and an opportunity to compete. A feis (Irish dance competition) is a family outing for the entire family. Dancers make friends from across the US, work as a member of a team, and learn to win/lose graciously, While Farrell students are encouraged to compete, it is not our goal. Our dancers are expected to expand capabilities, learn about Irish culture, perform community service (shows), support each other and HAVE FUN!
Let us know if you would like to visit with us or try a complimentary class.
Michael Farrell, TCRG is celebrating his 50th year instructing all levels and ages of dancers. Farrell School dancers have performed at hundreds of Irish festivals, Off-Broadway, and at MANY private and public events.
Michael's dancing career began as a highly accomplished champion level dancer as a student of the legendary Cyril McNiff at the McNiff School in NYC. He earned his TCRG certification in 1974, and the Farrell School of Irish Dance was opened in Queens, N Y. Michael's early students would travel from as far as the Albany area to Queens weekly. In the mid-80s, as Albany & East Durham grew and Michael met his future bride Jeanne, East Durham and Albany became the official locations of the Michael Farrell School of Irish Dance.
The Farrell School is a multigenerational institution. Previous dancers have returned as adults, their children have danced with FSID, and now the grandchildren are part of the student base. Some of FSID's "mature" dancers have joined as assistant teachers and are also progressing through the certification process.
Michael encourages parents and students to be active in the Irish-American community. Michael, Jeanne, parents and students of FSID can be counted on to work and volunteer, oversee and organize, support and attend Irish & Irish-American cultural clubs, venues, shows, events and activities.
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