The Gra na Rince School of Irish Dancing was founded in March 2014 by Louise Stanley, TCRG who has more than 25 years of experience in Irish dancing and teaches every class.
We take our name, pronounced graw na rinka, from the Irish language – it translates as ‘love the dance’ and is also the school’s motto. Our supportive and inclusive environment allows dancers of all ages and abilities to grow their love for this dynamic dance form – alongside having fun, building friendships, and improving fitness.
Gra na Rince is registered with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha (the Irish Dancing Commission) in Dublin, which is the oldest and largest Irish dance governing body in the world. Membership allows our dancers to compete locally, nationally and internationally, as well as to take their grade examinations. However, these aren’t compulsory – many of our dancers take part purely for the love of the dance.
Irish dance is an energetic and varied dance form, with opportunities to perform athletic and intricate moves in light shoe as well as master rhythm and timing in hard shoe. It teaches a huge variety of life skills – from balance, muscle control, stamina and strength to teamwork, resilience, sportsmanship and dedication. And of course, it’s beautiful and inspiring to watch.
Louise is the only qualified and registered teacher of Irish dance in Redditch, Worcestershire, and also offers classes in south Birmingham. She, and any guest instructors, are fully insured and DBS checked.
Selly Oak classes are held at:
Bournbrook & Selly Oak Social Club
Hubert Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6DX
Tuesdays: Beginners 6.30pm-7.30pm, improvers and advanced 7-9pm
Redditch classes are held at:
RSA Arrow Vale Academy Dance Studio
Matchborough Way, Redditch, B98 0GF
Thursdays: Beginners 6-7pm, improvers and advanced 7-9pm
Saturdays: Beginners 10-11am, improvers and advanced 11am-1pm
To reserve a place, please email Louise or fill in the contact form below with the following information:
Age/s of dancer/s – preferred class (Tues, Thurs, Sat or a combination) – any previous dance experience
We will respond asap to confirm your place.
At present, we regret we’re not able to offer adult beginners lessons or dedicated adult classes. Over 18s who have prior experience in Irish dancing are welcome to join our improvers/advanced classes however, and there’s no upper age limit. Many of our adults compete and participate in grade exams, but they’re not compulsory – you can join us simply for fun, fitness and friendship.