Dance is not only a beautiful art form but also a beautiful way for teens to stay out of street rumbles. Get some direction with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $27 for one month of beginners’ Irish-dance classes (a $60 value)
- $79 for three months of beginners’ Irish-dance classes (a $180 value)
Students between the ages of 3 and 19 meet once a week to study Irish dancing with championship-winning instructors. Classes take place Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Sundays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Additional class times may be added, if needed.
Mayer School of Irish Dancing
Mary Mayer's career in Irish dancing started when she took her first lessons in Ireland while staying with her grandmother in the early '70s. She loved it so much that when she returned to Chicago, she—as well as her brother John—began taking lessons at a local Irish-dance school, where they danced with such people as Lord of the Dance creator Michael Flatley. Both Mary and John eventually starting placing at regional and national championships.
In 1980, they founded the Mayer School of Irish Dancing. It began in a basement with only five students—two of who were their younger brother and sister, Paul and Julie Mayer. These two followed in their older siblings' footsteps by placing in championships and even landing roles in Road to Perdition. Paul trained actress Jennifer Jason Leigh and danced with her in the film. Julie also trained many actors and performed alongside Paul Newman and Daniel Craig.
Though John has since retired, Mary continues to teach classes six days a week in Villa Park and Galena. Paul and Julie man two of the school's additional locations, which now span four states. Their students have placed in regional and national championships. Some have even traveled to Ireland to put their skills on display at the All-Ireland Championship and see if any snakes have found their way back yet.