Maybe interested in joining? Great! It’s fun and great exercise! Here’s a little background:
Who can join? Besides being 16 years or older, there are few requirements for anyone wanting to join. Prior dance experience of any sort is certainly not needed – some of us had extensive previous dance experience, though not always Irish, and some had none at all. Just having a desire to learn and the physical health to try it is all we ask from beginners. As we are strictly an adult group, if you have a dancer that is under 16 years of age that is interested in formal training, please contact the Richens Timm Academy for information on lessons.
What is the process like? In a nutshell, new members are brought in initially as trainees (In-Training) where they are taught beginning steps and beginning level dances, both softshoe and hardshoe. Once a trainee is proficient in at least 3 beginning dances, they may be invited to start participating in performances. When a trainee performs for the first time they become Active Members. For anyone who does not wish to perform, an Associate membership level is an option. (more to follow)
What do I need to bring to class as a trainee? Comfortable workout clothing, lightweight tennis shoes, a water bottle, and your enthusiasm are all you need to get started! As your skills and interest grow, however, we do encourage you to consider getting the Irish dance shoes, especially the hardshoes as they are somewhat unique. (more on that later)
Where and when do we rehearse? Trainee/beginner classes are held from 6-6:45 Tuesday nights at The Riviera Club. The ensemble practices regularly Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Trainees are always welcome to attend these rehearsals but it is not mandatory. Tuesday 7-8:45pm – The Riviera Club – 5640 W Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208 Saturday 10-12 noon – Starlite Ballroom - 5720 Guion Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46254
How much does it cost? Celtic Motion has membership dues based upon the level of commitment. These fees go directly towards maintaining the group, paying for rehearsal space rental, sound equipment, advertising costs, and website fees.
Levels of Membership: Active – Individuals desiring to perform with the group. Associate – Individuals who do not desire or have the time commitment to perform but enjoy learning Irish dance and want to be a part of the group for social and exercise benefits. Trainee – Individuals who are interested in joining Celtic Motion and are in the process of learning the groups’ repertoire. Trainees will come to special classes geared to their learning ability. Trainees may attend up to four 3-month trainee sessions prior to becoming an Active or Associate member.
Current Annual Dues: Active (performing) members – $180 Associate (non-performing) members – $90 Trainees - $60 for each 3-month session
Other costs: As a beginner, sneakers or other types of dance shoes (e.g. tap) can easily cover your needs. Active performing members are required to purchase both soft and hard Irish dance shoes. Softshoes typically run from $35-75, and hard shoes typically run from $80-150. Please see our links page for vendors that sell Irish dance gear, or feel free to ask any one of our dancers for advice! Active members are also required to purchase all current costumes. Associate members have no additional costs.
We hope that sheds a little more light on things for you regarding membership in Celtic Motion. We look forward to hearing from you soon! Click the button below to fill out the "Membership Interest Form" and we will get back with you shortly!
Celtic Motion Irish Dance Ensemble is an Indianapolis-based not-for-profit organization of adults dedicated to the enjoyment, perfection, and performance of traditional Irish step dancing with a progressive flair.