Summer School 2017

Summer School 2017

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Riverdance has joined forces with Ireland’s leading university, Trinity College Dublin to launch The Riverdance Trinity College International Summer School. Taught by the Riverdance professional dancers, the participants of the 6 day summer school will learn the iconic choreography from the show. They will also train in all aspects of being a professional dancer from nutrition to fitness and general personal management so as to be prepared for a working life as a performer. As part of the school the students will attend Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin and a meet and greet with the cast. The finale of each school is a fully staged rehearsed performance of Riverdance featuring all the students. While most of each day will be spent dancing, there will also be talks given by special guest speakers as well as field trips and evening sporting activities. Courses are available either as residential or non-residential.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is this An Coimisiun Approved?

The Riverdance Summer School has been granted Show Status from An Comisiún Le Rincí  Gaelacha.
The Riverdance School  will focus on show choreography.  There will be a showcase performance with all students as the finale of each school each week. We will not change dancer styles or correct or choreograph competition steps. Our goal is to give the Irish dancers an insight into life as a professional, to motivate, inspire and encourage them to continue to dance and to build their confidence. We will focus mainly on Riverdance choreography but we will also teach the dancers the concept of building and staging a live performance.

What standard of dancer should I be to attend the school?

We suggest that the dancer should be at prize winner standard or dancing for 5 years or more. If you are not learning heavy shoes yet then you should wait until you gain a little bit more experience.

What do I gain by attending?

  • You become a part of Riverdance and you will work and learn from the best of the best.
  • 6 days in the heart of Dublin City at The Lir (the National Academy of Dramatic Art in the world famous, 4000 year old Trinity College Dublin)


If you choose the residential option you also receive

  • 5 nights accommodation in the beautiful Trinity Hall college accommodation.
  • 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour supervision and security
  • Free Wi-Fi


All students will

  • Receive tickets to see Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin with a meet and greet with the cast.
  • Be part of the Riverdance showcase performance at the end of the school.
  • Learn from the best dance professionals in the world and learn to understand what it takes to become the best
  • Attend talks from the industry leaders, learn about strength and conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology, fitness, sports activities in Trinity’s sports complex,.
  • Gain insight into how to choreograph new numbers, what it takes to put a show together, what it’s like to live on the road. On completion of the school students will have gained a wealth of knowledge about the industry.

What age should I be to apply for the 2016 summer school?

Applications for the 2016 summer school will be accepted from dancers who are aged 12 years and older on or before 31st December 2015

Can I apply for more than one week?

Yes. Once your application is accepted please contact us to confirm that you would like to attend more than one week so that the booking can be updated.

Is Trinity College Dublin the only location for the school in the summer of 2016?

Currently there is only one school location confirmed which is Trinity College Dublin . We hope to announce other dates and locations in 2017 but nothing has been confirmed yet.

The application form requests two separate videos - why should these videos be submitted ?

The two videos required are

  1. Video recording of a solo dance performance: All applications must submit this video of their solo dance performance. It should be 1 min heavy shoe  dancing to your choice of music.   This video is required to  ensure that the dancers applying are at the standard that is stated on their application.
  2. Scholarship Video for those applying for a scholarship place. This ” video piece to camera” can be submitted in place of a scholarship essay.  The applicant should state why they feel they should be the recipient the scholarship. This video can  be about the dancers greatest inspiration or their love for the art form, They  can talk almost anything they like but they should remember that they are applying for an Irish Dancing scholarship.

For both videos, they should be saved as unlisted on YouTube and the YouTube URL (s) should be added to the application form. Full instructions are available at the bottom of the page on registration

The videos will not be shared without the owners permission.

Is the school an audition for Riverdance?

The summer schools will become the main way in which dancers over the age of 18 will now audition for our shows.  We feel that by auditioning over the course of a week the dancers are given a fair way of showcasing not only their talents but also their work ethic and personality. These are two traits that are extremely important to both Riverdance and Heartbeat of Home.

When will I know if my application has been accepted?

You will not receive immediate confirmation of a place at the summer school  so please bear with us.  Once all applications are reviewed places will be offered at the school. Please ensure that you submit your link to your performance video with your application. Please ensure that the video is NOT listed as private. If you do not hear from us please email

Once you receive confirmation of your place please pay your deposit immediately to secure this place. Places are allocated only when the deposit is paid.

What is the application and booking timeline and what is the payment schedule for the school fees?

Applications will be accepted until all places at the school are filled. We advise that you apply as soon as possible  as places are strictly limited and will be allocated as soon as suitable applicants have applied

There is no fee required to submit your application. Once you are notified that your application is successful you will be given full booking instructions. 


Residential Fee Information

Total Fee:  €950

No fee required to apply

Upon Acceptance:  €350 must be paid with your registration.

Fees must be paid in full by 31st May 2015


Non-Residential Fee Information

Non – Residential Payment – Total Fee: €650
No fee required to apply
Upon Acceptance:  €350 must be paid with your registration.
Fees must be paid in full by 31st May 2015

Are the children chaperoned?

Yes, there will be 24 hour supervision for the dancers under 18 years of age. All chaperones/councillors/instructors are fully Gardá (Police) Vetted.

Where is the Summer School Accommodation?

The Summer School accommodation will be in Trinity Hall, which is a residential facility situated 4.5km from the main Trinity College campus. It is set in leafy parkland, with Rathmines village only a five-minute walk from residence. The residence offers the following facilities:

• Internet in every apartment connected to the College network
• 24 hour on-site security services
• Central social and recreational facilities (including TV lounges, quite reading space, games areas, study areas and outdoor relaxation area)
• On-site coin operated self-service laundry, 14 washing machines and 14 dryers
The modern accommodation consists of single bedroom and shared twin bed en-suite rooms which are grouped in apartments (all male or all female) accommodating 6 people. These apartments include a kitchen/living room. You can take a 360  tour of the rooms here

All meals are included in the cost (breakfast, lunch & dinner for students who have chosen the residential option, lunch for non residential students).

How do I ensure that my friend and I share the same apartment in Trinity Hall?

It is important to us that everyone is happy and has a great experience on the summer school so we will do what we can to make sure that each student is accommodated in the same apartment as a friend. Once your application is accepted each student will be asked as part of the booking process to nominate a friend to be accommodated close to them. For all accommodation queries please contact The Lir directly at or  telephone +353 1 896 2559

How will I get to the summer school each day?

Transport between the campus accommodation and the camp will be provided for all residential students.

How will I get to and from the airport?

Transfers to and from the airport will be provided. Once accepted onto the summer school, students can book airport transfers as part of the booking process. An additional charge may apply.

Will I get to dance on the Gaiety Stage with the current cast of Riverdance?

Each week as part of the summer school a number of dancers may be selected to perform some group numbers with the Riverdance troupe at Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Only students over the age of 16 at the time of the school will considered for selection

What is the schedule and start and finish times for the school?

Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm

Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus,
Pearse Street (at Grand Canal Quay),
Dublin 2,  Ireland

Evening activities which include a trip to the Gaiety Theatre Dublin and a sports night at Trinity College sports hall will be confirmed at a later date.

All transport to and from classes at The Lir and to and from campus activities will be provided. Students will be accompanied by a supervisor on all journeys.

A full schedule of classes and activities will be sent to you before the start date of the course.

Will my video be viewed by the public?

No. We will not publish any videos. If we want to use video we will ask you before we do so.

The Scholarship

To apply for the scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded based on the ability of the student as a dancer and the scholarship essay or video submitted.

In order to apply for the scholarship you must apply and be accepted for a place at the school. You will also be required to pay your deposit to secure your place.

The scholarships will be awarded at he end of May 2016 when all the places at the summer school are filled.

The scholarship essay should be approximately 500 words  and the video piece to camera should be no longer than 3 minutes.

Explain why you deserve to be the recipient of the scholarship. You can talk about what Irish Dancing means to you or you can talk/write about who is your biggest inspiration.  You can talk/write almost anything you like but remember you are applying for an Irish Dancing scholarship.

When will the scholarships be awarded?

We have  awarded our 2016 scholarships to four dancers and those dancers have been notified. We have some outstanding talent as well as some fantastic essays and pieces to camera so awarding the scholarships was not easy. We would like to thank everyone that put in the effort and time to apply for a scholarship but unfortunately we only had four to offer. Congratulations to the those who were awarded the scholarship.

Will the parents and teachers get the chance to see our children perform what they have learned?

Yes. Each Saturday, a special performance will be staged in The Lir in Trinity College Dublin where the families will see the dancers perform. There will be a question and answer session with the parents after the showcase performance.

What Clothing they should bring for classes?

We recommend that each dancer bring plenty of dance or athletic attire, soft shoes and heavy shoes, sneakers/runners or capezios, swim wear and some casual clothing. We also recommend that each dancer bring a towel and whatever else you might usually need when you attend your own dance class.

What will the weather be like in Dublin in July?

As unpredictable as ever.  Plan for all weathers.

What languages will be spoken?

All classes and  activities will be conducted through English so a good command of the English language is required.

What about spending money and banking?

We advise that students should not carry large amounts of cash.  A standard or prepaid credit or debit card would be a good option.

What about food allergies or medical needs?

Once accepted onto Summer School, each dancer will be asked to complete a health questionnaire as part of the booking process so that we can be aware of everyone’s requirements.

Should students carry their own insurance?

It is recommended that students have full travel insurance to cover their stay in Dublin.

I will require accommodation for the night before and/or the night after the school?

The residential fee for the school covers  Trinity Hall accommodation on Sunday to Friday nights for the week of the school.  Unlike 2015 there is only very limited  availability  of additional nights accommodation at Trinity Hall.
Once Riverdance have offered you a place at the school and when you are paying  your initial payment for the school with The Lir please notify them that you are seeking extra accommodation or contact them directly with your booking ID on  Tel: +353 1 896 2559  Email:


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