About Irish Dancing
About The School
The De Menezes Reilly Academy came together in 2020 when Jennifer and Katie decided to join. Jennifer founded the De Menezes Academy and took over for Brenda Faherty after her retirement. Katie founded the Reilly School of Irish Dance before joining Crossbane-Grant. The opportunity came up for Jen and Katie to work together, so they jumped on it. Their friendship and camaraderie has come together to create the De Menezes Reilly Academy. We are the only Irish Dance school in Niagara Falls and offer classes for:
Traditional and Ceili
About Irish Dance
Over eighty million people in the world claim to have Irish heritage. So it’s no wonder that Irish dancing, the traditional dance form of Ireland, is so popular, not just amongst Irish communities scattered across the continents, but in countries as far afield as Japan, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and in at an ever growing rate in Eastern Europe.
A network of Irish dancers and their teachers span the globe, regularly meeting to compete, share knowledge and enjoy this rich culture.
Focused primarily on footwork, Irish dancing is performed either individually (step dancing) or by teams (céilí and set dancing), and accompanied by traditional Irish music played on a variety of instruments, such as accordion, piano, fiddle, flute or banjo.
Timing and rhythm are of utmost importance and it is the intricate and fast paced footwork that has captured the imagination of the world outside of the Irish community. This mixture of rhythmic footwork and lively music is sure to set toes tapping, wherever they are heard!!
Catapulted onto the international stage by shows such as Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Irish dancing is an exciting and ever evolving dance form, with a long history and a strong sense of tradition.