At the New Century, we believe that honing the mind on music and dance is a lifelong aspiration, and an important part of living well. Irish traditional music and dance are technical art forms that teach a mixture of discipline and obedience to form while encouraging spontaneous creativity and the development of a unique musical voice. Beyond their artistic merits, Irish traditional music and dance encourage students to perfect a wide-ranging skill set that includes scrutinous listening, technical refinement, ensemble cooperation, and music literacy. Our cross-disciplinary approach helps students build a strong foundation for a musical life—whether as a professional or a dilettante—and connects them socially within Maryland's storied Irish traditional music community.
We recommend basic clogging oxfords for our kids classes. These shoes come in children's sizes, and there is a supply of lightly used shoes in circulation locally. Adults can wear any leather-soled shoe or taps.
For class: We recommend wearing comfortable clothes you would exercise in. Many students and instructors wear workout clothes; others wear jeans.
For performance: We require students to follow a dress code for class performances, but we are strictly obligated to freedom of expression. Past dress codes have stated, for instance, "a nice shirt in a shade of blue with black pants or black skirt". The most important consideration in dressing for traditional arts performance is to, without pretense of grandeur, pay homage to the art form and the people who wrought it. We are strongly opposed to wearing costumes for traditional arts performance.
June 4th, 2016 | 3rd Annual Sean-Nós Competition | Silver Spring, MD
December 11th and 18th, 2016 | Christmas from Ireland in Maryland | Severna Park, MD