Once again Mitchell DeSimone from Lord of the Dance will come and help dancers become fine tuned in their technique, steps and Irish Dance abilities. Dancers can arrive to the lovely Ketunnen Conferance Center situated on acres of woodland in Tustin, Michigan on Friday May 12th at 1:00 PM. Classes will begin at 2:00 but dancers can arrive anytime that day. The official welcome will be at dinner at 5:30 PM. The workshop will end at 3:00 PM Sunday.
2-3 Classes will be held each hour by different teachers depending on ability and need. Molly Kujawa (Champion dancer with 35 years of experience) and Gina Dewey (Open level dancer with 13 plus years of ID experience) will be teaching classes along side of Mitch each day. Class schedule can be found below. There will be classes on hard/soft shoe drills, jumps, step perfection, feis prep, performance focused, traditional set, Ceili, and more. There will also be classes on the penny whistle and bodhrain (you must provide your own instrument). We will also have a craft class in the afternoon as a fun alternative.
Food and lodging will be provided from the Ketunnen Center. Though our meals will be taken cafeteria style, they will be nutritious and yummy in a very nice setting. Lodging is dorm style, however the largest room has 3 bunk beds. It will be very easy to place your dancer with companions she chooses, since there are multiple rooms. Bathrooms are communal but private. Boys will be housed in a separate building. The whole weekend will be comfortable for all and easy to manage.
If your dancer would like a parent to attend as well due to age. There are premium private rooms for moms for an additional cost. As a parent you can attend and just pay lodging and meals. The center is a wonderful place to come with a good book and enjoy a weekend of solitude!
As the director/owner of the NLIDA, it is my hope that each dancer will come away from the weekend enriched, and inspired. I plan on adding much more than just Irish Dance to the weekend in terms of encouragement, inspiration and self growth!
Below are the paperwork links for registration: