Irish Dance

Irish Dance Lessons by Colleen


* A Mat-Su Central Educational Vendor *

  • Now accepting new registrations for the all-ages (7-18) beginner class on Thursdays 4pm-5pm at MatSu Central Auditorium (2nd Floor). Class starts 7 Sept 2017 and runs through 16 Nov 2017. See the details on our Mat-Su Central site:
  • Location is MatSu Central School Auditorium (2nd floor), 600 E Railroad Ave, Wasilla AK
  • I am now accepting new students for the 2017-2018 school year. Click here for the registration packet. Please email me with questions/payment instructions:
What is it?

Get your heart pumping and your toes tapping as you learn basic Irish Dance in this fun, weekly class. Build agility, stamina, rhythm, and confidence through this upbeat fitness program. Whether you call it Riverdance, or Lord of the Dance, this is Irish step dancing at its noncompetitive greatest, where you’ll learn basic Irish moves and steps set to modern and traditional tunes. We are a noncompetitive school, learning for fun, fitness, and performance.

  • Beginner Irish Dance Lessons located at MatSu Central School auditorium
  • Beginner Class and/or Private Lessons available
  • For Boys and Girls
  • Ages 7-19
  • Weekly classes last 60 mins
  • $60/Month + $25 registration fee. We accept payment by cash, credit card via PayPal, or check ($35 returned check fee applies)
  • Tuition prorated to $45 for 3-week months.
What do students wear?
  • Sport shorts & t-shirt or any non-baggy athletic clothing
  • Smooth-sole sport shoes like Sketchers or Ghillies (Irish soft shoes) or dancers may dance in socks.

** Students should bring water **

What do students learn?
  • Parts of a healthy workout (warm up, gentle stretching, form, calisthenics, cardio, cool-down)
  • Basic Irish Dance moves, rhythm, and timing.
  • Reels, Light Jig, Single Jig, Slip Jig

About Colleen

Colleen has been Irish Dancing for more than 15 years, including in competitions, Las Vegas performances, and as an instructor, with schools in Ohio, Florida, Nevada, and Alaska.

A retired Air Force Officer and chemical engineer, Colleen moved to Alaska in 2008 with her husband and son. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.S. in German from Penn State. She’s also a published author writing under the pen name CM McCoy.

Prior to learning Irish Dance, Colleen was a competitive gymnast and a 10-year gymnastics coach to kids ages 4-18.


Release of LIABILITY – Please Read Carefully

Colleen Oefelein cannot be held liable for dancer injury in class or on the premises. Adventure Write cannot be held liable for dancer injury in class or on the premises.

All students must sign the liability release in their registration packet prior to attending a class or private lesson.


Registrations must be completed and payment for the month must be received by Colleen prior to the student attending class.

Class sizes are limited, therefore we recommend prompt registration to avoid disappointment. A full one-month payment plus registration fee is required at the time of registration.

There are no refunds or prorated monthly fees for classes missed.


Adventure Write reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet a specific enrollment. A full refund will be made if a program is cancelled by Adventure Write. Monthly tuition refunds will not be issued if a student or parent decides not to continue, UNLESS approved by Adventure Write for medical or emergency situations.

There are no refunds or prorated monthly fees for classes missed.


If a class is missed, a dancer may attend another class of the same level (or one level below) if such a class is available. Please e-mail in advance to inquire about/schedule a make-up class.


Adventure Write follows MatSu Central school closures due to weather and may close for inclement weather on days the school does not. If a class is canceled due to inclement weather or instructor injury/illness, we will email all registered students. In addition, there will be an announcement in RED at the top of this page.

If a class is cancelled due to inclement weather, students may attend a make-up class per the policy stated above. If no make-up class is available, Adventure Write will issue a pro-rated refund in the form of a credit toward the next month’s tuition.


We expect Adventure Write students to set and maintain high courtesy standards in their use of social networking. As social media reaches audiences far beyond the community, students should use social sites responsibly. Enrollment in any Adventure Write class implies your understanding of and willingness to adhere to the Adventure Write recordings and social media policy.

  1. Adventure Write takes online bullying and harassment very seriously. Any student or family who posts photos, links, or comments that are profane, sexual, involve drugs or alcohol, or that are insulting or harassing to any Adventure Write students or teachers will be asked to leave the Adventure Write Irish Dance program without a refund.
  2. What you present on social networking forums represents you forever. Do not post or link anything to your social media account that you wouldn’t want friends, peers, parents, teachers, college admissions officers, or future employers to access.
  3. Always represent Adventure Write in a positive manner.
  4. Not all parents want images of their children online, and Adventure Write respects this. In addition, Adventure Write dance steps (as well as any Irish Dance school steps) may be considered proprietary, and neither parents nor students should share them online. Adventure Write reserves the right to request class-related images or content to be removed from the Internet.
  1. Videos of dancers performing Adventure Write steps are not to be posted online or e-mailed to anyone outside of Adventure Write.
  2. Be aware of liability. You’re legally liable for what you post online. Individuals have been held liable for commentary deemed to be proprietary, copyrighted, defamatory, libelous or obscene (as defined by the courts). If you have a concern regarding violations of this Social Media Policy, please contact the Adventure Write Irish Dance Director (Colleen Oefelein).