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All dancers are evaluated by our certified staff to determine class placement. Instructors will place students in the class that best suits their needs. Please note that competition level does not always dictate class placement.

Beginner Class


The Beginner Class is designed to introduce new students to the unique style of Irish Dace. Students will learn basic soft shoe skills and step work. 

Mondays - 5:30pm to 6:15pm

Advanced Beginner/New Novice Class

This class is suited for dancers with previous Irish Dance experience. These dancers will continue to build on their soft shoe and hard shoe skills as they learn the new timing of the Novice level skills.

Soft Shoe

Mondays - 4:15pm to 5:30pm

Hard Shoe

Wednesdays - 4:15pm to 5:30pm

Intermediate Class

These classes are for full Novice and Prizewinner Level dancers that have already learned the intro to Novice level skills and can dance full rounds. This class focuses on helping dancers achieve their competitive goals through an emphasis on technique, style and fitness. 

Mondays - 6:15pm to 7:30pm

Wednesdays - 6:15pm to 7:30pm

Advanced Class

This class is for Champion level dancers and is in combination with the Intermediate Class. 

Mondays - 6:15pm to 8:00pm

Wednesdays - 6:15pm to 8:00pm

Oireachtas/Competitive Class

This class is for all dancers working towards the Oireachtas competition this coming December. All Traditional Set dancers and Solo Dancers are invited into this class.

Fridays - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Adult Class

This class is for any new or returning adult dancers who want to learn the basic skills and step work of Irish Dance. This class will focus on solo steps and team dances and building community through dance. 

Tuesdays - 6:15pm to 7:30pm




Heather Gallagher

Asheville Director

A lover of musical theatre and Irish dance, Heather Gallagher brings her unique theatrical creativity to the Carpenter Academy. Her experience in the theatre helps students express themselves through dance in unique ways while also staying true to traditional Irish Dance.


Contact Us

55 Shiloh Rd Unit 4

Asheville, NC 28803


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