Frequently Asked Questions

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The health and safety of attendees, as well as the entire community, is of top priority to Boston University.

Masks: Mask-wearing is not required, but remains optional, in all indoor locations.

Day-only Attendees: Proof of vaccination is not required. Vaccination, with booster when eligible, is encouraged for all.

Overnight Attendee’s Proof of Vaccination Requirement: All attendees staying overnight on-campus must provide proof of complete vaccination as recommended based on CDC guidance. (

Please note the following:

Eligible booster(s) based on CDC COVID-19 Booster Guidance are encouraged, but not required.(
Accepted vaccines for both domestic and international guests can be found on the CDC website. (

A negative COVID-19 test is not accepted instead of the vaccine requirement.

First of all you will have so much fun.
You become a part of Riverdance and you will work and learn from the best of the best during 6 days in the heart of Boston at the prestigious Boston University
All students will
• Be part of the Riverdance showcase performance at the end of the school.
• Learn from the best dance professionals in the world and gain an understanding of what they went through to become some of the worlds most elite performers..
• Attend talks from the industry leaders, learn about strength and conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology, fitness, leadership and team building.
• 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.

The Riverdance Summer School in Boston 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.

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.

Applications for the 2022 summer school will be accepted from dancers who are aged 12 years and older on or before 31st December 2021

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

Boston University Fitness and Recreational Center 915 Commonwealth Ave

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.

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.

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.

We advise that you apply as soon as possible to register your interest. 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.

It will take some time but as the spaces in the school fill up, we will let you know. We will also send out an email every now and then to keep you updated on where your application is and how things are going.

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

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

The goal of the school is welcome the next generation of dancers, to educate and to ensure that all students enjoy the experience.  The scholarship covers the course fee.


To apply for the scholarship


1. write an essay (of 500 words or more)


2. video a piece to camera (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.

Yes. Each Saturday a special performance will be held at the TSAI Center at Boston University where families and friends will see the dancers perform.

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.

It is safe to expect the weather to be very hot. The average temperature in Boston in July is 27 C or 80F

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

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.

It is recommended that students have full travel insurance and medical insurance.

Please note the cancellation charges which apply.