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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 classes are designed to introduce new students to the unique style of Irish Dance. Students will learn basic skills and step work in a fun and focused environment. Open to students ages 5 & up. 

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Beginner 1 Soft Shoe

Wednesdays - 4:45pm to 5:30pm

Beginner 2 Soft Shoe

Mondays - 4:45pm to 5:45pm

Beginner 3 Soft Shoe

Mondays - 5:45pm to 6:45pm

Beginner Hard Shoe

Wednesdays - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Advanced Beginner Class

The Advanced Beginner class is open to dancers who have mastered their Beginner material. These dancers will continue to build on their soft shoe skills and learn more challenging step work. 

Advanced Beginner Classes

Tuesdays - 4:45pm to 5:45pm

Thursdays - 4:45pm to 5:45pm

Intermediate Class

The Intermediate classes are geared toward Novice and Prizewinner level dancers. Dancers will continue to learn more advanced dances and skills while perfecting their technique. 

Intermediate Classes

Tuesdays - 5:45pm to 6:45pm

Thursdays - 5:45pm to 6:45pm

Champ Class

Open to dancers at the Preliminary and Open Championship levels. Dancers will be challenged with more advanced material and rigorous training in order to meet their competitive goals. All champ classes aim to prepare dancers for regular feiseanna as well as major championships such as the Oireachtas, Nationals, and Worlds. 

Champ Classes

Mondays - 6:45pm to 8:15pm

Tuesdays - 7:15pm to 8:45pm

Thursdays - 7:15pm to 8:45pm

Team Class

All dancers in our Intermediate & Champ programs take part in our weekly team classes. Team dancing gives our dancers the opportunity to develop group unity and precision as well as instill the value of working together to achieve a common goal.

Recreational Teams Class

Tuesdays - 6:45pm to 7:15pm

Competition Teams Class

Thursdays - 6:45pm to 7:15pm



Cindy Brainerd


With over 20 years of experience in education and Irish dance instruction, Cindy Brainerd, TCRG, creates a unique learning environment by fostering a sense of community amongst dancers and their families.


Ashley Breihan

TCRG, FWB Director

Ashley Breihan, TCRG, has over 20 years of dance and competition experience. She aims to share her passion for the sport by encouraging dancers to set and reach their competitive goals through her dedication to Irish dance instruction.

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Laura Kerr


Laura Kerr, TCRG, has years of experience competing and performing in venues across the United States and Europe. Her dedication to Irish dance and her unique professional show experience are an asset to the Carpenter Academy.

Contact Us


5 Eglin Parkway NE

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


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