Irish dance classes for children in Salford

If you are looking for a new hobby for your child to take part in, why not give Irish dancing a go?

Irish dancing is a traditional style of dancing originated from Ireland. Irish dancing includes solo dancing, as well as team dances such as a ceili dance. Even though Irish dancing has been around for centuries, the dancing style has definitely evolved over the years with more modern choreography being performed by groups such as Prodijig and within more recent Riverdance or Lord of the Dance shows.

FD Academy of Irish Dance offers children aged years and over the opportunity to give this exciting dance style a go in a fun, friendly and welcoming environment.

Children are taught the traditional steps & more modern steps, and are supported to reach their potential and achieve their dancing goals – building confidence, making new friends and having lots of fun along the way!

Based in the Salford, classes are only a short 10 minute drive from Manchester City Centre, and appeal to a range of abilities.

About Us

Meet the Teacher –¬†Faye Downey T.C.R.G

Faye began dancing at a young age, and she danced for the Morgan School of Irish Dance for most of her competitive career, competing in both solos and teams at the World Championships, British National Championships, Great Britain Championships, All Irelands, All Scotlands and Regional Championships, where she became North West Regional Champion in 2010. Faye was part of the Dance Drama team who were crowned 2004 World Champions in Belfast, alongside her fellow teammates at the Morgan School of Irish Dance.

After 15 years of competitive dancing, Faye found her passion lay in teaching and after passing her TCRG Examination in 2012, she set up a the Robinson Downey Academy of Irish Dance with former Morgan dancer, Nicola Robinson, before opening up her own Academy in 2020 to expand her classes across Salford.

FD Academy is also registered with “An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha”, the largest Worldwide Irish dancing governing body.

Outside of Irish dancing, Faye earned a BA Hons in Sport Development in 2010, and since then as gone on to gain qualifications in the sports and fitness sector and is currently working towards a Level 2 Dance Fitness qualification. Faye works as a full time Project Manager in the fitness industry, and works primarily on projects that bring about positive change through exercise & sport.

Class Timetable

We are now enrolling for all classes. Please contact [email protected] for more information.


Who are beginner classes for?
All children aged 4 years and over are welcome to attend our Irish Dance classes. We have two Beginner class options:

Mini Jiggers – Beginner classes for children aged between 4 & 5 years focusing on basic Irish dance moves through fun routines and games.

Rising Stars – Beginner classes for children aged 6 years & over.

When are the classes?
Mini Jigger & Rising Stars classes have classes on Monday from 5.30pm at Bridgewater Studios in Eccles, Salford.

What can I expect?
Dancers will be taught basic Irish dance steps and their two Novice dances – Reel & Hop Jigs. Once they can perform all these dances to a good standard they will then move up to the next group.


Who advanced classes for?
All children aged 6 and over who are in grades from Primary to Open are welcome to join our advanced classes.

What day are the classes?
Classes are held Monday & Thursday evenings at Bridgewater Studios in Eccles. Dancers are split into groups depending on their age, grade and dancing ability.

What can I expect at class?
Classes cover fitness, drills and all solos dances. We may also include display routines depending on upcoming event bookings. All classes adhere to social distancing guidelines and are COVID-19 safe.

Please note that we will be working on different dances per class, so dancers are strongly encouraged to attend all classes per week for their dance group.