We are expanding!

We are pleased to announce we are currently planning the opening of two new locations: The Galveston area.   Our classes in Galveston will start Sunday, March 8 from 2-3 p.m. at Studio85 in Galveston. Ages four through adult are always welcome to join our fun and friendly dance school.  We offer recreational, performance and competition opportunities in a challenging-yet-supportive environment. For more information, email Richard Tew at rttew@yahoo.com. 1505555_10205304667232107_7048729352567230153_n

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First ever open platform feis in Texas a success

By Richard Tew

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Photo by George McBroom, http://www.photo-xpressions.com.

Dancers from around Houston and from as far away as Oklahoma City came to compete at the first ever “open platform” feis held in Clear Lake Saturday, December 13.

“Open platform” is different than other “closed platform” feises held around the Houston area and other parts of Texas in that they allow all Irish dancers and teachers to participate and not just those belonging to the feis organization’s membership.

Currently, there are two open platform schools in Texas: The Tew Academy of Irish Dance and the recently-launched Melara Irish Dance Academy, both in Houston.

The dancers at these feises are normally adorned in more modest attire, putting the focus squarely on technique and dance presentation and less on the costume-based “look” popularized by other organizations. Simple skirts and tops, natural hair and smiles and most importantly, solid dancing are the order of the day here.

Dancers from around the Houston area along with dancers from Oklahoma City came out to the Premier Dance Academy studios in Clear Lake for this auspicious occasion.

A fun, supportive and festive time was had by all.

The next feises are are already being planned for 2015 including a feis in New Orleans April 18, another Clear Lake feis June 20 and one in Dallas in the Fall of 2015.

Open platform has a lot of opportunities for would-be teachers and judges, not always afforded to adherents by closed platform organizations. If you are interested in learning more about what open platform has to offer teachers, judges and students, email Richard Tew at rttew@yahoo.com.

Dancers are evaluated by a judge who grades them on such things as carriage, form, style, timing and execution.

Heights location now open!

We are pleased to announce our newest location in the beautiful Houston Heights. Our new location is the SSQQ dance studio at the corner of 20th and TC Jester in the old KMart shopping center. We are around the building, now a restaurant supply store to the left if you are facing the building.

We meet Sunday’s from 2-3 for experienced dancers and from 3-3:30 for beginners.

Email rttew@yahoo.com for more information.

Summer camps for Clear Lake and Pearland planned

Come join us June 9-13 at both our Clear Lake and Pearland studio locations for daily summer camp classes.

These summer camps are ideal for those looking to try Irish dance for the first time, or get back into it after a hiatus. It’s also great for existing students to learn more dances and brush up on your technique.

The times are as follows:
Clear Lake: daily from 10-12:30. Beginner kids 4-6 will have class from 10-10:30 each day, preteens and older will have class from 10:30-12 and advanced dancers will have an additional 30 minutes semi-private lesson each day.

Pearland: daily from 4-5 p.m. kids class.

Class costs are $35 for existing members of the school, $50 for non-members for the week.

Email Richard Tew at rttew@yahoo.com for more information.

Upcoming performances

Hi everyone,

We will be featured at several local venues, both public and private during the next few months.

The first will be Feb 8 at the Miggins Cook Off at Lucky’s Pub near downtown Houston. We go on at 1:45 and dance until about 2:15 p.m. We will be on the indoor stage.

Other performances will be announced here once all of the specifics are ironed out.

Thanks for your support and remember, we are opening new times and a new location in Pearland. If you are interested, please inquire by emailing Richard Tew at rttew@yahoo.com.

Thanks,
Richard