Classes

At MJP discover
self-confidence, teamwork
leadership skills, strength
flexibility, endurance
and awareness of a healthy lifestyle.


Schedule, Classes, Registration, and Handbooks

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Schedule Class Descriptions Class Fees Registration package Parent/Student Handbook MJPIDA Handbook
MJP ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE offers:

Top quality instruction for boys, girls and adults | From age 4 and up | Classes in both the north and south of Calgary.

To register, please print and fill out all of the forms provided in our “Registration package" located above. Our class times are located in our schedule above. The workshop form only needs to be completed if you are in your second year of dance and up. For your convenience, a copy of the "Parent & Student handbook" is provided above. Be sure to read through the handbook and initial and sign the form provided in your MJP registration package. If you have any more questions regarding, shoes, what to wear to class etc, have a look at our FAQ page.

All registration forms and payment can be brought into your first class or may be mailed to:

Deborah Braden, 151 Cantree Place S.W., Calgary, AB. T2W 2K2

 

Used Shoe Exchange:

Dancers from MJP or from any dance school are welcome to use our shoe exchange. To use the shoe exchange simply e-mail our used shoe exchange at mjpshoes@hotmail.com




Studio Locations



SOUTH STUDIO NORTH, TUESDAY STUDIO NORTH, WEDNESDAY STUDIO

MIDSUN COMMUNITY CENTER
50 Midpark Rise S.E.
Calgary, Alberta

HIGHWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER
16 Harlow Avenue N.W.
Calgary, Alberta
HIGHLAND PARK COMMUNITY CENTER
3716 2nd Street N.W.


Calgary, Alberta
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Midsun Exterior
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Highwood Exterior
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Highland Park Location
Highland Park Exterior



A true artist
is not one who is inspired,
but one who inspires others.
Salvador Dali

Our
Calendar

If opportunity
doesn't knock,
build a door.
Milton Berles

For more information on upcoming competitions (times, location etc.) please visit the feisworx website. For a full list of all North American feiseanna, please visit the North American Feis Commission website.


When you dance to your own rhythm,
life taps its toes to your beat.
Terri Guillemets

About
MJPAcademy

Our dancers are not seen as a product but as an individual.
We bring a personal focus to teaching Irish dance
and self-confidence.Which is why
our students love to dance
and why they keep coming back.

Our Numbers

16

Teachers in Training at MJP

321

Trophies Won in 2013

250

Medals won in 2013

25

Shows in 2013

45

Dancers competed in 2013

12

Dancers attended world qualifiers

52

Dancers at our biggest Paddies show

234,989

Visitors to our website

Life is the dancer
and you are the dance.
Eckhart Tolle

Questions
& answers

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take a look below

FAQs

Below are the most frequently asked questions we get from families of MJP. If you have a question you don't see below, feel free to contact us.

What do I wear to class? (Children and Adults)
Shorts and a close fitting T-shirt or tank top with long socks, tights or leg warmers. All dancers in their second year of dance and up must wear long white socks (they don't have to be poodle socks) to class so that we can better correct your technique. Socks can be worn over top of tights if you like tights. Shorts must be above the knee as so that corrections can be made to knee positions. If shorts are very short (approx. one to three inches long) then tights must be worn underneath.
OR
Tights and bodysuit (skirts above the knee are fine): Any color and style are acceptable although, beginner students perform wearing black tights and a blck bodysuit with T-shirt length sleeves and a boat neck.

DANCERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO WEAR PANTS OR LONG SKIRTS OF ANY SORT TO DANCE CLASS AS THEY CAN CAUSE DANCERS TO TRIP AND FALL.

Hair: During class, hair should be back from the face and out of the eyes.
What do I wear for shows?
This question requires a long answer so please see our Show Guide in our "members only" section of the website.
What kind of shoes will I need?

A CHEAPER OPTION

Beginner girls may wear black ballet slippers. (Pink ballet slippers may be worn but if dancing in performances, black slippers are required)
Beginner boys may wear a black jazz shoe.
These can be purchased at any dance store throughout the city.

IRISH DANCE SHOES
Girls wear a soft black slipper-like shoe called a ghillie (also called pomps)
Boys wear a boys reel shoe. These shoes have a hard heel on them that makes a clicking noise when they hit their heels together.
If you intend to purchase these shoes, please do not buy them at the ballet shops around town as they will sell you Highland dance shoes instead of ghillies which are the wrong shoe.

For more information, please read our MJP Shoe guide HERE

Where can I buy Irish Dance shoes?
Shoes can be purchased used online, or from another dancer at MJP by using the "Shoe Exchange"

Or purchase new at Steele Celtic Dancewear at the following address: 576 Coach Grove Road S.W. Calgary, AB Phone:(403) 686-3514
When do I get to use hardshoes?
Dancers are usually ready to begin using hardshoes in their second year, around December. For more information, please read our MJP Shoe guide HERE
Where can I buy Irish music?
Music can be found at local Irish dance competitions and also at Steele Celtic Dancewear at the following address: 576 Coach Grove Road S.W. Calgary, AB Phone:(403) 686-3514 Itunes can be a good resource. Try starting with a search for "Light Jig". That will usually bring up Irish dance music.
We also have links to some of my favourite dace CD's in our "members only" section of the website.
Do I have to compete?
No. Competition is a big decision and requires that the dancer and the family make the choice together to take the next step with their dancing.
Are the adult classes for complete beginners?
Yes. Although the more advanced students are often mixed with the new students. This makes classes larger and more enjoyable for the students.
Are the adult classes for serious dancers only?
No. Adults can take lessons just for fun and/or exercise or they can do shows or compete or any combination of these.
How old are the dancers in the adult classes?
Adult dancers range in age from young adult and up. (I would be in trouble if I told how old our oldest dancer is). There is no age limit in the adult classes at MJP.
What is MJPIDA?
MJP Irish Dance Association (MJPIDA) is MJP Academy of Irish Dance’s Non-Profit Society. Membership is open to anyone over the age of majority. Parents/guardians of dancers and/or dancers who have reached age of majority may apply for family membership.
All families and dancers are encouraged to join and participate in the MJPIDA. The full MJPIDA handbook can be read HERE and outlines the benefits of membership and participation by parents and dancers.
MJPIDA supports all MJPIDA member dance students.
Are the MJPIDA meetings mandatory?
No, but the decisions made at MJPIDA meetings affect all dancers at MJP academy. Also, going to meetings helps parents to keep informed and allows parents from the North and South locations meet one another.
Does Irish dance qualify me for a tax cut?
Yes it does! Under the "Children's Fitness Tax Credit".
When are receipts given out?
Receipts are handed out twice a year: January/February and June.
What do the initials M.J.P. stand for?
The intials M.J.P. stand for Miss. Joelle's Performing (Academy of Irish Dance).

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of the possible is by going beyond
them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke

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  • HALL LOCATIONS
    Mondays & Thursdays(SOUTH)
    MidSun Community Centre
    50 Midpark Rise S.E.
    Calgary, Alberta

    Tuesday Classes (NORTH)
    Highwood Community Centre
    16 Harlow Avenue N.W.
    Calgary, Alberta

    Wednesday Classes (NORTH)
    Highland Park Community Centre
    3716 2nd Street N.W.
    Calgary, Alberta

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