McGovern Irish Dance Weekly Newsletter July 25 - July 21 - It's Dayton Celtic Fest Week!

Shelagh Mcgovern


Weekly Newsletter
July 25 - July 31

This Week’s Schedule Changes/Updates

Dayton OH

Troy OH

Lafayette IN

No Classes - Brixx Ice Company Performance

6:00 - 8:00
Performers Practice

No Classes
Jig Jam at Levitt Pavillion
(no performance, just a chance to hang and enjoy some music before the festival starts, everyone is welcome)

No classes Dayton Celtic Festival

No Classes -

Brixx Ice Company Performance

Regular Schedule





















Level Up Sessions

Level Up sessions are for dancers that 

  • Need to learn new steps for competition because the have levelled up/out
  • Are wanting to polish up work on current material
  • Have been given permission to learn new material
  • Have gotten behind in their practice or just need to get caught up 
  • Are in need of  extra help with  steps,
  • Want to stay sharp in preparation for Regionals or any other upcoming compettiions

Our focus over the summer is performances, so we will not be spending time re-teaching material that has already been covered in class, we also won't be spending a lot of time on steps in class. 

These sessions are for all levels. 

If the schedule does not work for you contact me directly and we can work something out.

If you are not located near the Dayton Studio we can work out some Zoom sessions if needed.

Schedule your sessions here:​






Performance Alerts!





Marigold Festival Hube Heights OH  
Sept. 10

Details coming Soon











                 Global Fest - West Lafayette IN
                 Sept. 17
                 Details coming soon











Studio Schedules
Below is the standard schedule and does NOT reflect any changes to schedules.

Any schedule changes will be announced within this newsletter, on parents facebook page and via text/email.

You can also find schedules for each studio on our web page under the  HOME   page tab



Highlighted boxes indicate Competition Team Classes
You DO NOT have to be on the competition team to take these classes. 

 McGovern Team Elite is by invitation only.






4:30 - 5:00

Baby Jig 

Ages 2 - 3

4:15 - 4:45
Jump’n Jig

Ages 4 - 6

5:45 - 6:30
Open Org Steps
(Rince Cairde)

5:45 - 6:30
Celtic Stars

9:15 - 9:45
Baby Jig

 Ages 2 - 3

5:15 - 5:45
Tiny Jig

Ages 3 - 4

4:45 - 5:30
Beginners/Celtic Stars

6:30 - 7:45
Ull/Mean + MTE

6:30 - 7:15 

Beginner Adults

9:45 - 10:15
Tiny/Mini Jig

Ages 3 - 4

6:00 - 7:30

Mean & Adults

5:30 - 6:15
Beginner Hard Shoe/Advanced Celtic Stars

Level Up Sessions
Only 4 dancers per session
7:45 - 8:15
Sign Up Here:

Level Up Sessions
Only 4 dancers per session
7:15 - 7:45
7:45 - 8:15
Sign Up Here

10:15 - 10:45
Little Jig 

Ages 5 - 6

7:30 - 8:30
Ard/Craobh Grad
This takes place of Tues Ard/Craobh Class

6:15 - 7:00
Bun Grad/Advanced Celtic Stars


10:45 - 11:30
Beginners/Celtic Stars




11:30 - 1:15
Level 2 and Up,
MTE Soft Shoes, Hard Shoes, Sets




Lafayette IN Studio Schedule - Saturdays

6:00 - 6:30

Baby JIg Ages 2 - 3

10:00 - 10:30

Jump'n Jig

630 - 7:00

Tiny JIg Ages 3 - 4

10:30 - 11:15


7:00 - 7:30

Mini/ Little Combo Ages 4 - 6

11:15 - 12:00

Bun Grad/Ullmhuchan

7:30 - 8:15

Beginners ages 7 and up

12:00 - 12:45




12:45 - 1:45

Mean Grad & Up plus Open Org material



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If you are going to be 12 this year, or I have already spoken to you, you may try out for the Performance team.

We will still welcome ALL of our dancers to participate in our performances but I think it is important to have a core group of polished, well practiced dancers at each show.  These dancers will help lead the "up and coming" dancers and to put on the best performance each time we set our feet on the stage and be the ambassadors and leaders for McGovern Irish Dance
Performance Team Practices

Wednesdays 5:45 - 6:45 & Saturdays 12:00 - 1:30

Commitment is for one full session 

(of course you can do both sessions)

Session 1 - September - February

 Session 2 - March - August 

Tuition for Performance Team is $65/month or $360 per session
Try outs will be held Sunday August 28, 2022 
Deadline to sign up for the Try Outs is August 15.  
Once the sign ups come through, I will set a schedule.
Dancers that are in at least 3 Ard Grad Levels or  in Craobh grad do NOT need to try out, but simply let me know if they are willing to honor the commitment
Dancers will be asked to demonstrate the following steps/skills to the best of their ability, not the necessary perfection but the solid attempt and willingness to go for it!  
  • Level 2 or 3 Hornpipe
  • Open Organization Reel or Slip Jig
  • Front Clicks
  • Bicycles
  • Rocks
  • Cross Keys
What to Wear to Try Out
Dancers should show up to the Try Out in Black Shorts, pink logo MID shirt, poodle socks, both pairs of shoes and hair pulled off face and neck
Belonging to this team  is a very big commitment, every member needs to be just as committed as the next, therefore rules/guidelines have to be set and followed.  
Every team member will make a conscious effort to support one another and help the team improve as a whole. Help each other have a positive attitude, motivate each other, and be dedicated to the team.  Dance team members need to be prepared at practices, performances, and competition.


Reel Irish Dance Camp  Dayton OH - Beginner and Advanced Camp 


Irish dance camps are a fun way to learn a lot about Irish dance in a short amount of time.  Dancers will work on the foundation of basic Irish dance skills including proper footwork, rhythm, and team work in a fun loving nurturing environment.

Who Should Sign Up?

Beginner camp is appropriate for dancers still working through their Bun Grad Reel 

 Advanced Camp 
This is for dancers that have some Irish Dance experience or at least 1        season of classes with McGovern Irish Dance.  Dancers will continue to work on their Bun Grad and Open Organization steps as well as Hard shoe work so they are ready to start strong in September!

Reserve Your Spot Here

Special Guest Worskhop - August 6 & 7 Dayton OH

We are very excited to welcome back Joe LeDesma for our Summer Special Guest Workshop.  In this class we will be learning a new set dance appropriate for our dancers that know at least their Ullmhuchan hornpipe or treble jig, some different reel steps as well as working on technique, stamina and stage presences.  If you plan on going to CRN Regionals (October)  or Nationals (Feb 2023)  this is a GREAT workshop for you to attned

Reserve Your Spot Here