Excelling in the art of dance requires patience, swan-like grace, and a pair of feet strong enough to squeeze two lumps of coal until milk comes out. Massage coal teats into a dance bucket with today's Groupon: for $25, you get five drop-in classes at Celtic Steps School of Irish Dance (up to an $85 value). This Groupon can be redeemed at one of three Celtic Steps locations in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Castle Rock.
An international competitive presence within the ranks of Irish dance, Celtic Steps School of Irish Dance is a premier learning institution for all of the Emerald Isle's expressive dance forms. With sessions limited to 25 lithe lads or lassies, Celtic Steps emphasizes individual step and technique training, along with some team dances and group work. Adults can retrain tired toes or give winter-weary stems a workout to the tune of guitar, pipe, and bodhrán-driven dance music. Irish dance is a great way to introduce children to the world of rhythm and ensuring that they are able to deftly stamp out renegade sparklers with arms held gracefully by their sides.
Classes vary in value depending on skill level, and each location holds its own high-stepping schedule. Classes for all levels are held at Castle Rock and Pueblo on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and at Colorado Springs on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Sundays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adults-only classes are held in Colorado Springs on Monday nights from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Celtic Steps School of Irish Dance
After achieving perhaps the pinnacle of success in the Irish dancing world—lead roles in _Lord of the Dance_—Aisling Toal Casey and Shaun Casey retired to Denver to open Celtic Steps School of Irish Dance to train the next generation of superb Irish step dancers. They've succeeded; the school's dancers have won awards from the All Ireland Championships, the North American Irish Dance Championships, and the Western Region Oireachtas. Aisling, Shaun, and fellow teacher Eimear Toal are all TCRG certified and instruct boys and girls aged 4–12, as well as adults, at locations throughout the area. They specialize in traditional Irish solo and ceili dancing and teach dancers important fundamentals, such as jig steps, dancing in unison, and how to dance without your wig of ringlets flying off. In addition to competing in championships, students also have performed on local television and in St. Patrick's Day parades.