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    1. Dear Therese,

      Sorry for the late reply regards to your query about dance classes.

      The Adult Contemporary class might start in March. The fee is 80,00 per term (10 weeks). If you still want to go ahead with this, please send me your number so I can contact you before the class starts.

      Kind Regards,

      Erica Borges
      087-132-8852
      http://laoisdanceacademy.com

    2. Hi there I’m looking for beginners adult dance lessons. Ballroom would be great if possible. I’m happy to join a class or pay for private lessons.

    1. Hi there, I teach ballet to children 3-7 years old and contemporary dance for older children, teens and adults. Yes, private lessons are available. Please call me for more info: 087-132-8852

    1. Hello Caroline,

      Classes are 80.00 per term. What age group are you looking for? Please check on our ‘Classes Details’ the starting date and time. If you have any queries please do not hesitate in contact me.
      Regards,
      Erica.

    1. Hello Sinead,

      For this term we have Creative Ballet for Children (3-6yrs old) and Contemporary dance for teens and adults. Dance&Exercise might start after Christmas. If you go to ‘Classes Details’ on this page you’ll find the time table for classes. They’re all in Portlaoise. Which one are you interested? If you prefer please text/ring: 087.132-8852.
      Regards,
      Erica.

  1. My daughter wants to start contemporary dance she is 14 he doesn’t want to start in a class so do you offer privet lessons and how much would it be

  2. I’m 16 and would love to do jazz and contemporay but have no experience. Could I still join classes and how much are they ?

    1. Hi Shannon.
      Thank you for your message.
      You don’t need experience to join the Adult contemporary dance classes or Laois Youth Dance Ensemble.
      Adult dance classes might resume Friday, 16th of January, 8:30pm. It costs 80.00 per term.

      Laois Youth Dance Ensemble audition will be on 17th of January. As mentioned before, you don’t need experience to join LYDE, however, you would need to commit to it. More info: https://laoisdanceacademy.com/laois-youth-dance-ensemble/

      If you have any further questions, please let me know.
      Regards,
      Erica.

  3. Hi there,

    No, the class is contemporary dance.
    Here’s the description of it:
    Contemporary dance was developed in the early 20th century as a reaction against the rigid techniques of ballet. It can be danced to almost any style of music, or united with other dance forms to create new styles of movement. Contemporary seeks to work with the natural alignment of the body, and is therefore safe and accessible for beginners. At the same time, the ease of movement promoted by contemporary dance technique allows experienced dancers to push new boundaries of body movement.

  4. Hi

    I was wondering if it is still possible to join the creative ballet dancing? if not can you tell me when your next classes begin please.

    1. Hi Siobhan,

      Creative Ballet will resume after Easter (18th of April), 10:30-11:15 at Portlaoise Parish Centre. Any other query please do not hesitate in contact me.
      Regards,
      Erica.
      087132-8852

  5. I’m 14 Years old and I’m wondering how much would it be and what’s the full address. I use to do hip-hop but I want to start ballet!!! Also what do you wear and what kind of shoes and clothes do you need for ballet??

    1. Hi Lynda,
      Adult contemporary class is scheduled to start on Tuesday, 19th of May, 7-8pm @ Portlaoise Parish Centre. Maybe you would be interested?
      Booking is essential.
      Regards,
      Erica.

    2. Hi Lynda,

      I hope you’re well.
      Do you still interested in dancing?
      I have a number of options for September. Please check out our website or call me for more details.

      Regards,
      Erica
      087 13288852

  6. Hi, I would like to enquire about wedding dance lessons, myself and my partner want to learn to waltz and jive properly. Our parents and bridal party are also interested. Would you be willing to do a private group lesson?

    1. Hi Daiva,

      She can join Grade 1 ballet. The first day of the term was last Saturday. We’re in Portlaoise Leisure Centre.
      Class is 9:30am and costs 80 per term. Ballet uniform is required, but it’s okay not to have it on the first day.
      Any other query, please don’t hesitate in contact me.
      Kind Regards,

      Erica Borges.

  7. Hi there
    I have a few questions about the pop dance classes
    1. Can my 12yr old daughter attend them ?
    2. Is there some type of auditions to get in
    3. Is Pop dance hip/hop
    4. How much does it cost
    5. When do u think my child can start these hip / hop dance lessons
    6. Will she still b a good dancer even tho she is not flexible and can’t do any tricks
    And last but certainly not least
    Where do u attend these hip/hop classes

    Thank u
    ~ heba

    1. Hi Heba,

      Thanks for your message.
      Answering your questions:
      Yes, your daughter could join Pop dance classes though I’m not sure yet if this class will go ahead (it depends on numbers), but there’s a possibility…
      There’s no audition to join this class. It costs 90euros per term (10 classes) and I have plans to start it in September @ Portlaoise Leisure Centre.
      Pop dance is not Hip hop. Please watch this Youtube video for clarity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJjALhRi0o8&list=WL&index=10
      In relation to the future of your daughter as a dancer, it’s not all up to flexibility. I believe that to be a good dancer you need to be passionate, have discipline, dedication and good attitude. Flexibility is a bonus, but not what can make her a good dancer.

      If you have any other query please don’t hesitate to contact me.
      Regards,
      Erica
      087132.8852

  8. hello I am looking for a teenage dance lesson that I am able to take part in. I would like to know when, what time and where the classes are and I would also like to know how much it is for 26 weeks. Thank you!!

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for your message.

      1) Pop dance on Tuesdays afternoon @ 90euros per term (10 weeks)
      I’m not sure yet if this class will go ahead (it depends on numbers), but there’s a possibility…

      2) Laois Youth Dance Ensemble – a Laois contemporary dance company that meets every Saturday 3-5pm (founded in 2013 ; funded/supported by Dunamaise Arts Centre & Laois Arts Office).
      I’m the artistic director of the company and I’m not looking for someone experienced in dance, but willing to learn and to commit.
      To join us, you’ll need to attend our free trial/audition on the 10th of September @ Dunamaise Arts Centre.
      The trial/audition will consist of a dance class and short interview.
      LYDE annual membership fee is 180.00 and covers you from Sept – June.
      More information:
      https://www.facebook.com/LaoisYouthDanceEnsemble/

    2. Hi Haley,

      What I have for teenagers is the Laois Youth Dance Ensemble (https://www.facebook.com/LaoisYouthDanceEnsemble/)
      This is a contemporary Youth dance Company that meets every Saturday 3-5pm. We perform in many youth dance festivals and events.
      I’m not looking for experienced dancers to join the group, but commitment is required to be part of it.
      If you need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
      Regards,
      Erica
      0871328852

  9. His looking for a place for daughter also she is 12 she loves music and sia is her fav . She is also big fan of maddie. When is next term I’ll bring her in she needs to meet up with girls of her own age ..

    1. Hi Martina,

      What I have for her age is the Laois Youth Dance Ensemble (https://www.facebook.com/LaoisYouthDanceEnsemble/)
      This is a contemporary Youth dance Company that meets every Saturday 3-5pm. We perform in many youth dance festivals and events.
      I’m not looking for experienced dancers to join the group, but commitment is required to be part of it.
      If you need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
      Regards,
      Erica
      0871328852

  10. Hi, I have a 5 year old girl very interested in ballet. Do you habe a place availible in your Saturday morning class?
    Many thanks.

    1. Hi Aleks,

      Yes, there is. It’s on Saturdays 11am in the Portlaoise Leisure Centre.
      At the moment we’re on midterm break, but we’ll resume on November 12th.
      Please call me for more details.
      Kind Regards,
      Erica
      0871328852

    1. Hi Anne,
      For over 13 years old I only have Contemporary dance at the moment.
      In fact, what I have is more than dance lessons, but a contemporary dance group that functions as a dance company.
      I’m not looking for experienced dancers to join, but commitment is essential.
      We meet every Saturday, 3-5pm and membership fee is 180euros (covers activities up to July).
      We perform in many dance festivals and events, therefore, is crucial to have people that are interested in committing to it.
      Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
      Regards,
      Erica Borges
      0871328852
      p.S: Here’s the Laois Youth Dance Ensemble Facebook page:
      https://www.facebook.com/LaoisYouthDanceEnsemble/

      1. Hi there,

        The age group is 7 – 11 years old.
        Lessons are on Saturdays in the Leisure Centre at 12:30pm.
        Term (10 classes) fee is 90 euros.
        We’ll resume on January 14th.
        Any other other query, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
        Regards,

        Erica Borges.
        087132.8852

    2. Hi Anne,

      Apologies for late reply.
      I have Contemporary & Ballet fusion, Contemporary, Irish Dance & Contemporary fusion, Hip Hop & Contemporary fusion.
      Please call me for more details.
      Many thanks,

      Erica
      087 132 8852

  11. Hi. My daughter is 12 going on 13 and was wondering if you did any ballet, contemporary/pop dance classes for her age group?

    1. Hi Finnuala,

      What I have for her age group is more than dance lessons, but a contemporary dance group that functions as dance company (Laois Youth Dance Ensemble).
      We meet every Saturday 3-5. If you want bring her tomorrow for a trial, you’re welcome. We’ll be in the Dunamaise Arts Centre.
      Dance experience is not a requirement, but commitment is essential to join the Ensemble.
      Membership fee from January to June is 150.
      We perform in many dance festivals and events, therefore is crucial to have people that are interested in committing to it.
      Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
      Regards,
      Erica Borges
      0871328852

  12. Hi, I’m just wondering, for what age groups do you do contemporary classes? I’m 17 and would be very interested in starting up. Thank you.

    1. Hi Agata,

      Apologies for late reply.
      I have classes for you on Wednesdays and Thursdays evenings.
      I’m also artistic director of a Youth dance Company. No experience required to join. Only passion for dance and commitment required.
      If you want more information, please don’t hesitate to contacte by phone.
      many thanks,

      Erica P. Borges
      Laois Youth Dance Ensemble artistic director
      http://www.lyde.ie
      Laois Dance Academy Principal
      0871328852

  13. Hello, I was wondering do you do pop dance classes for 12+ years ,How much per session and wheres the location ?

    1. Hi Blandhy,

      I have Hip Hop classes on Fridays 4:30pm for 8-12 years old and 5:30pm I have Hip Hop and Contemporary fusion for 13-18 years old.
      It’s 90 per term.
      Location: Healthy Living Ireland, Lower Main Street – Portlaoise.
      Please call if you want book.

      Many thanks,

      Erica Pessanha Borges
      087 132 8852
      Laois Dance Academy

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