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MISS JOELLE'S PERFORMING ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE offers top quality instruction for boys, girls and adults. From age 2 and up, offering classes in both the North and South of Calgary.
If you have never danced before and would like to give Irish dance a try, come join us for a weekend in August to learn the exciting sport and art form of Irish dance! At our two-day workshop you will do some crafts, see our older dancers perform and best of all, learn some Irish dance! Younger MJP dancers that already know how to dance are more than welcome to come and take the workshop and have some summer fun with us too!
Saturday, August 10, 2019 9:00am- 12:00noon
Sunday, August 11, 2019 2:30pm-5:30pm
Highwood community center: 16 Harlow Ave. N.W.
A fun video giving dancers some tips to help them through the day to day struggles of an Irish dancer.
Dancers from MJP (or from any dance school) are welcome to use our shoe and dress exchange. To buy or sell an item, simply e-mail our used shoe exchange at email@example.com. If you are selling an item, please include the following information:
1) What item you are selling (Dress, Hardshoes, MJP Jacket etc.)
2) The size of the item
4) Colour (If applicable)
5) The price you would like to sell the item for (Remember to add on $5.00 as a donation to MJPIDA for selling your item for you).
If you would like to have a look at the dresses that are currently for sale on "Smilebox", click HERE
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MIDSUN COMMUNITY CENTER
HIGHWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER
|HIGHLAND PARK COMMUNITY CENTER|
3716 2nd Street N.W.
*The workshop forms only need to be completed if you are in your second year of dance and up.
Tuesday, September 4th - 5:00pm-6:00pm –Highwood Community Center, 16 Harlow Ave. N.W
Wednesday, September 5th - 5:00pm-6:00pm – Highland Park Community Center, 3716, 2nd St. NW
Thursday, September 6th – 5:00pm-6:00pm Midsun Community Center, 50 Midpark Rise S.E.
Monday, Monday, September 10th - 5:00pm-6:00pm –Midsun Community Center, 50 Midpark Rise S.E.
Joelle started Irish dancing at age 5 at the Regent Academy of Irish Dance and continued dancing and competing until the age of 22.
Reaching Open Championship level, Joelle competed at the Western Canadian Oireachtas, Munsters Oireachtas in Ireland, the North American Championships, in both teams and solos, and the World Championships of Irish dancing in solos. Joelle's teaching career began at the Regent Academy of Irish Dance where she began student teaching at the age of 12. At age 16, Joelle obtained her first job teaching Irish dance at Kel Soloway’s Dance Arts. For the next six years, Joelle continued to compete and student teach with Regent Academy while teaching the Irish dance program at Kel Soloways, Free House Dance and Celtic FX.
During this time, Joelle obtained her Bachelor Degree at the University of Calgary while taking classes in Jazz, Modern and Ballet at various dance studios and the University of Calgary.
Following this, Joelle attended the university of Limerick, Ireland and obtained her Master of Arts in Irish dance performance.
Joelle returned to Ireland the following year to study for and obtain her T.C.R.G.* under the tuition of her mentor Orfhlaith Nibhriain and the added help of Michael Ryan.
After returning home from Ireland in December of 2006, M.J.P. Academy was created and had its first official class on February 6th, 2007. Since it's first class, M.J.P. has experienced exponential growth and soaring success. The students and teachers of M.J.P. are like a big family and Joelle loves nothing more than to help a student's dance dreams come true.
*T.C.R.G. stands for Teastas Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha. Which when translated to English means Irish Dancing Commission Teacher.
of MJP Academy
Marissa is as dedicated to her students as she is to her dancing. Any students that have her as a teacher adore her and can’t wait until their next class.
Natalie expects hard work and dedication from her students. Her caring approach makes her students feel challenged and accepted.
Emily treats everyone with kindness and respect, expecting the same of her students, encouraging her students to reach their full potential with high expectations.
Anya enjoys sharing her passion for Irish Dance. A hard worker and very talented dancer, she inspires her students to strive for excellence.
Below are the most frequently asked questions we get from families of MJP. If you have a question you don't see below, feel free to contact us.What do I wear to class? (Children and Adults)
A CHEAPER OPTION
Beginner girls may wear black ballet slippers. (Pink ballet slippers may be worn but if dancing in performances, black slippers are required)
Beginner boys may wear a black jazz shoe.
These can be purchased at any dance store throughout the city.
IRISH DANCE SHOES
Girls wear a soft black slipper-like shoe called a ghillie (also called pomps)
Boys wear a boys reel shoe. These shoes have a hard heel on them that makes a clicking noise when they hit their heels together.
If you intend to purchase these shoes, please do not buy them at the ballet shops around town as they will sell you Highland dance shoes instead of ghillies which are the wrong shoe.
For more information, please read our MJP Shoe guide HERE
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