Based on years of experience, The O’Shaughnessy Academy’s philosophy asserts that students learn best when their atmosphere is based on mutual respect, when they set goals and work through a merit based system, and when they become responsible for their growth as dancers. O’Shaughnessy expects its students to work at the highest level of which they are capable.
The O’Shaughnessy Academy aims to incorporate all aspects of human development through competitive Irish Dance—intellectual, social, physical, aesthetic, and moral—and integrates learning by mentoring students to be courageous in their goals and supportive of their teammates. O’Shaughnessy dancers build skills in physical fitness, time management, teamwork, dedication, and respect while developing an appreciation for the Irish culture. Dancers will establish a strong sense of themselves as individuals and as members of a close community.
The O’Shaughnessy Academy of Irish Dance is a small community, permitting dancers and their families to develop meaningful relationships that will last them a lifetime. Frequent group classes enables students to teach and learn from one another in addition to their instructor. This close community allows for individualized attention to development for each student.
O’Shaughnessy is committed to the creation and maintenance of a secure and enjoyable atmosphere and believes it is essential for students to develop a commitment to their goals and dance community. Through dance students create goals individually and as teams and are encouraged to support and encourage their fellow classmates.