Whether you have been with us for a while or you are just joining the school for the first time, we are sure that you are going to enjoy your experience with us.
We pride ourselves on not only teaching top quality Irish dancing but also striving to ensure that every class is a fun & social experience for each dancer. Our family spirit within the school has been present from its very beginning and we know that you will be another part of our ever growing family.
The school now has locations across Germany and is one of Europe's leading dance schools and is a credit to the popularity of traditional Irish dance in Mainland Europe. We are registered with An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha which is the largest Irish dance organization in the world and all of our teachers are fully vetted.
Shane, Mary & The Sweeney McAvinchey Teachers.
Our dancers don't only learn movement, musicality & performance skills. They also learn how dedication, passion and perseverance can help to improve, develop and succeed with confidence. Dancers are some of the hardest workers on the planet and Irish dancers are no different.
We have two locations operating under the Sweeney-McAvinchey name - Landstuhl / Ramstein and Munich. Mary Sweeney directs the Landstuhl location and the Munich location is directed by Shane McAvinchey. All course schedules, registrations, events, tuition fees etc., are separate to each location but we come together as a team for competitions, workshops & performances.
Our school is under the auspices of An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha which is the largest Irish dance organization in the world. We have 6 fully qualified Irish dance teachers (TCRG), one of whom is also a qualified adjudicator (ADCRG). All our teachers are fully police vetted for child protection and hold certificates in child safety.
Whilst competing is not for everyone and are not compulsory, we do encourage that all of our dancers compete in Feiseanna (Irish dance competitions). There are held in cities across Europe throughout the year. We particularly encourage our dancers to take part in the Munich Feis which takes place at the end of the June each year. Feiseanna are a great way to inspire dancers to practice and perfect their steps and also a great chance to meet and watch dancers of other schools.
Our dancers are guided through the CLRG Grade exam program which, upon completion of the 12th grade, can qualify a dancer for the TCRG teachers exam. We encourage all of our dancers to begin taking their grades throughout their dancing journey.
Our school performs regularly throughout the year, a highlight being the St. Patrick’s Day parade which takes place in Munich every March. We invite and encourage all of our dancers to perform on stage with the troupe, a great chance for them to show off what they have achieved in the studio!
As our school is registered with the global Irish dance commission (CLRG) we must adhere to their rules and policies. We therefore ask that you read carefully through the information below to fully understand what it means to be a member of our school.
All dancers should wear comfortable clothes to class - shorts and t-shirt are ideal. Adults can choose to wear whatever they feel most comfortable in, keep in mind that you WILL be sweating! Beginners can just wear trainers / socks on their feet for the first few classes but will then be encouraged to order the appropriate dance shoes.
All Intermediate & Open Children/Teen dancers must wear Poodle socks to class. All dancers MUST wear their dancing shoes in class at all times.
Please remember that when you are in class you are there to learn. Full attention and respect must be paid to the teacher and any mistreating of fellow class members will absolutely not be tolerated. Everyone is in class to have fun but also to learn. If you listen to your teacher and remain courteous in class, there will be no problems.
Please keep the changing rooms and studio tidy at all times. Remember to keep any valuables with you at all times or just leave them at home! We will not be held responsible for any lost or damaged items.
All Beginner & Primary dancers who wish to compete or perform must have a full class costume. Please speak to your teacher to find out how to order a costume. Intermediate & Open dancers may purchase a solo costume. These costumes can be quite expensive therefore all dancers must speak to the teacher before placing an order for a solo costume. The teacher will advise on what sort of costume will benefit the dancer most.
Class fees are taken from a yearly fee and split into four quarterly, 2 bi-annual or one yearly payment.
There are four payment categories depending on your level and amount of classes per week.
One 45mins dance class a week.
At least 34 dance classes throughout the year.
Annual payment with 10% discount - 540€ (Save 60€)
Bi-Annual fee - 300€
Quarterly fee - 150€
One dance class a week, (Easy Reel and above)
At least 34 dance classes throughout the year.
Annual payment with 10% discount - 612€ (Save 68€)
Bi-Annual fee - 340€
Quarterly fee - 170€
Two dance classes a week.
At least 68 dance classes throughout the year.
Annual payment with 10% discount - 918€ (Save 102€)
Bi-Annual fee - 510€
Quarterly fee - 255€
Three or more dance classes a week.
At least 102 dance classes throughout the year.
Annual payment with 10% discount - 1278€ (Save 142€)
Bi-Annual fee - 710€
Quarterly fee - 355€
Each dancer must register by filling the online form below
A once-off yearly membership payment of 20EUR is required from every dancer in the school upon registration.
This fee will go towards the following costs:
All registered members are entitled to the following:
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There is a siblings discount of 3EUR per month for every extra child
Annual payment discount of 10% when you pay the remainder of the year in full. Our Irish dance year is from September 1st - August 31st.
Class cancellation policy
Cancellation of membership
No refunds will be given due to injury or sickness.
By registering you agree to the following rules set out by our dance school:
CHAMPIONSHIP LEVEL STIPULATIONS FOR COMPETITION
Stipulations for competing in Preliminary, Open and Major Championships under the Sweeney-McAvinchey dance school Germany:
These are stipulations that must be met by any dancer who wishes to compete at the highest level.
Teachers decision is final and exceptions may be made upon review of individual dancers' circumstances.
Once you have filled in the online registration form and paid the registration fee you are a member of the school and agree to abide by the rules above.
We wish you happy, successful and fulfilling journey with Irish dance and the Sweeney McAvinchey Irish Dance School.
Shane & Mary.