Irish Dance

Irish Dance Class

~ For Fun, Fitness, and Performance ~ No Contracts ~ Family and Military/LEO Discounts

We teach at our studio off the Palmer Wasilla Highway in the Mayflower Building at 4901 E Mayflower Ln, at MatSu Central School, and at workshops in various local schools. Call or email us for details: 907-306-9199 or


  • Beginner classes for ages 7-adult. Call or email for information or 907.306.9199

A Mat-Su Central, IDEA, Raven, and Twindly Bridges Educational Vendor *
* Licensed in Alaska and Insured by State Farm *

Students get their heart pumping and their toes tapping as they learn basic Irish Dance and progress from beginner steps in soft shoes and hard shoes in this fun, weekly class. We build strength, flexibility, agility, stamina, rhythm, and confidence in an upbeat fitness class. Whether you call it Riverdance, or Lord of the Dance, this is performance (noncompetitive) Irish step dancing. We teach students a healthy workout routine, beginning each class with a warm-up and gentle stretching before practicing our dance moves and steps, and finishing with a strength workout and cool down. Beginners learn an easy Irish reel or light jig first and progress to more difficult steps and then to hard shoe rhythms, including hornpipes, treble jigs, and treble reels.

For all ages, shapes, sizes, colors, and ancestry—you DO NOT have to be Irish to get your Irish Dance on!

We celebrate Irish culture and tradition through Irish Dance.

We perform at the Highland Games, the State Fair and at several community venues.

Studio location: In the back of the Mayflower Building at 4901 E Mayflower Ln (off the Palmer Wasilla Highway near Luke St and in the same building as the HOPE Community Resources Alaska)  Email or call Colleen for details/registration information: or 907.306.9199:

  • NEW BEGINNER CLASSES (ages 7-adult): 1-hour beginner class ~ TUESDAYS, 10:00-11:00am and SATURDAYS 0900-1000.
  • FAST BEGINNER CLASS (ages 7-adult) – for all adults and kids with prior dance experience. This class moves forward a bit faster than our normal beginner class. ~ FRIDAYS 6:45-7:45pm.
  • The Thursday beginner class at MatSu Central (ages 7-19) is FULL Session 2 begins Thursday, 7 Dec 2017. Same time (Thursdays, 4-5pm), same place. See the details on our Mat-Su Central site:
  •  Click here for the registration packet. Please email me with questions/payment instructions:
  • PRICES: $15 per class, plus a one-time $30 registration fee, which covers dance socks and a class t-shirt. We bill monthly, and you only pay for classes you will attend. No contracts, and taking a month or two off in the summer is just fine.
  • CURRICULUM: In class, we teach Irish Dance rhythm and steps as we enjoy an aerobic workout that includes toning, flexibility, and strength training. Email or call Colleen for details/registration information: or 907.306.9199.  Try it for free!  $15 per hour-long class, paid monthly.


  1. Progressive discounts on multiple classes per week — We offer a discount for any additional weekly classes you or your child attends at a progressive rate. The 2nd hourly class your child attends in the same week costs $10 and the third costs $5. Additional classes in the same week are $5 per class, including any open studio times.
  2. Adult family discount — Adults enjoy a $5 discount if they have 1 child enrolled in dance class and a $10 discount per class if they have 2+ children enrolled in class.
  3. Veterans and Law Enforcement Officers — All adults who are veterans of the military or law enforcement enjoy a $5 discount per class. Disabled veterans receive a $10 discount per class.
  4. We do stack discounts, until we reach the minimum hourly class fee of $5.
What is it?

Get your heart pumping and your toes tapping as you learn basic Irish Dance. Build agility, stamina, rhythm, and confidence through this upbeat fitness program. Whether you call it Step Dance, Riverdance, or Lord of the Dance, this is noncompetitive, family-oriented Irish dancing, where you’ll learn basic Irish moves and steps as well as fancy footwork and rhythms set to modern and traditional tunes. We do not compete. We’re a low-pressure academy, learning for fun, fitness, performance, and the simple joy of discovering and sharing Irish tradition. We dance like champions and love like family!

  • Beginner Irish Dance Lessons located at MatSu Central School auditorium (non MatSu Central students welcome) and at our studio in the Mayflower Building at 4901 E Mayflower Ln, Wasilla, AK 99654.
  • Beginner Classes, advanced, and/or Private Lessons available
  • For Boys and Girls
  • Ages 4-adult
  • Weekly classes last 30 or 60 mins
  • $32/Month or $60/Month + $30 registration fee (due whenever a student decides they’d like to stay with the class). We accept payment by cash, credit card via PayPal, or check ($35 returned check fee applies)
  • Tuition prorated for 3-week months and missed classes may be either made up or fees applied to the next month’s tuition.
  • No contract means you can take off for a couple weeks or months and not lose $$$
  • We may cancel new classes due to low/no enrollment, so please RSVP prior to showing up!
What do students wear?
  • Sport shorts or leggings & class t-shirt or any non-baggy athletic clothing
  • Sneakers or Ghillies (Irish soft shoes) or dancers may dance in socks, though we don’t recommend it–your feet will get sore.

** Students should bring water **

What do students learn?
  • A healthy workout routine (warm up, gentle stretching, form, calisthenics, cardio, cool-down)
  • Basic and advanced Irish Dance moves, rhythm, and timing, as well as agility and confidence.
  • Reels, Light Jig, Single Jig, Slip Jig, hard shoe rhythms, hornpipes, treble jigs, treble reels, set dances, and ceili

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.


Drop-off and Pick-up at MatSu Central:

Dancers should be dropped off and/or escorted in to our Mayflower studio or in to Mat-Su Central School, upstairs and right, to the Auditorium for class 5-10 minutes PRIOR to the start of class to allow time to take off winter clothes and/or change into Ghillies so that class may start on time. MatSu locks their outer doors at 4:30pm, and so parents who drop their dancers off may have to wait in the parking lot for class to end.

May parents stay and observe the class?

Yes. Or parents may drop their dancers off for class and return to pick them up. Our studio has an activity nook for toddlers, a table with puzzles, coloring and card games for older siblings, and a comfy reading chair for parents.

Mat-Su Central locks their outer doors at 1630 (4:30pm) each day, and so parents will not be able to enter the school after that time, and will need to wait outside for dancers to exit.

 What should I wear and bring to Irish Dance class?

  • Wear sport shorts/stretchy pants & a t-shirt or any non-baggy athletic clothing, like leggings or jeggings (I need to see the dancer’s legs and feet!)
  • Sneakers or Ghillies (Irish soft shoes) or dancers may dance in stocking feet (socks). Dancers who continue in Irish Dance will need Ghillies (Irish soft shoes) and eventually, hard shoes, which are NOT reimbursable educational expenses via your Alaska allotment. If you’re interested in purchasing Ghillies or hard shoes, please let me know, and I’ll send you information.
  • WATER – Dancers should bring a water bottle to class. Dancers can fill/re-fill their water bottles at the studio or purchase a water bottle from our studio for $1.

Are private lessons available?

Yes! Private lessons cost $45 for 30 minutes, and dancers can split the cost if they’d like to share a private lesson. I can generate a receipt for each dancer, and if you get an Alaska allotment from MatSu Central, Raven, Twindly Bridges, or IDEA, the lesson cost is a reimbursable educational expense for your PE individual lesson plan.

Will there be a performance?

Yes! There are several opportunities for both our beginners and advanced dancers to perform throughout the year at vendor fairs, the Highland Games, the Alaska State Fair, and at other various venues. During Christmas, we organize a performance at a local veteran’s or senior community. Also, many schools offer dancers an opportunity to dance at their annual talent shows, including the one at MatSu Central School n the spring. Students who wish to perform may do so, and will need appropriate Irish dance shoes, a black long-sleeve leotard, and black opaque tights for the performance (or for boys, black pants and a black, long-sleeve collared shirt). I supply a loaned, satin wrap-around skirt (or red tie).  Additionally, students who wish to perform solo in their school/church talent show may do so, and should inform me of any performance they wish execute, as I would love to attend!

What about Irish Dance shoes?

Beginners may dance in sneakers or soft jazz shoes, or in stocking feet. Beginners are not required to purchase Irish soft shoes (aka ghillies, pumps, reel shoes), but I do recommend them. Dancers who continue in Irish Dance will need soft shoes (ghillies) first and hard shoes later, if they wish to perform. Otherwise, dancers may learn and practice the hard shoe rhythms and steps in sneakers or even in soft shoes.

Here’s a great place to find several brands of ghillies and hard shoes online. New, ghillies range in price from $45 to $85, and any of these models of soft shoe will do. You can also find used ghillies for sale on Ebay and in Facebook groups for less. I wear the Hullachan PRO soft shoe and the Rutherford flexi hard shoe, but all of the models listed on this webpage are wonderful.

Ghillies / Irish Soft Shoes

What do dancers wear for performances?

Boys wear a black button-down, collared shirt with black pants and black socks. I provide a red tie.

Girls wear a black long-sleeved leotard and black tights. I’ll provide a red satin skirt ($20 deposit required, which dancers will get back if/when they leave Irish Dance lessons and return their well-cared-for skirt) and a rhinestone headband. Dancers who demonstrate their reel and jig steps will received their bejeweled headband ($5 and the dancer keeps this). Advanced dancers may wear the red sequin dress ($25 deposit required) with black tights and the bejeweled headband for Christmas performances or solo talent show performances. Dancers who demonstrate their reel, jig, and a hard shoe dance (hornpipe, treble reel, or treble jig) may wear the sparkly Irish Dance graduate dress with black tights. Parents must purchase this dress through Colleen, who orders directly from the dress-maker in Pennsylvania.  The graduate dress will cost $90, and the dancers obviously get to keep the dress but they may sell it back to our studio when they outgrow it for a credit toward purchasing a larger dress.

What’s the registration fee for?

The one-time $25 registration fee covers one class t-shirt (Alaska Treble Makers) and one pair of Irish poodle socks for each dancer. Dancers who continue in the program will never have to pay a registration fee again. Additional t-shirts and socks are available for purchase through Colleen. You may also find/purchase additional Irish poodle socks online.

Irish Poodle Socks:


Class t-shirts (Alaska Treble Makers):


Release of LIABILITY

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.


Registration papers 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.


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 for classes missed, but make-up classes may be available.


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 ( for Thursday classes, both scheduled and due to weather, and we may cancel 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 our website:

If a class is cancelled due to inclement weather or instructor injury/illness, 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.