Sean-nós dance workshops at Stomptown Collective in Portland, OR
Jul
23
to Aug 27

Sean-nós dance workshops at Stomptown Collective in Portland, OR

Sean-nós dancing with Brian Ó hAirt at The Stomptown Collective (AudioCinema)

Brian will be offering a six week summer term in sean-nós dance for both beginner and intermediate levels at the Stomptown Collective. Both series will focus on understanding the “timing step” and its various forms as well how to augment this timing to accommodate various dance tune types. Along with teaching tricks and steps—foot articulation, weight distribution, upper body posture, and tempo will also be focused on. Particular importance will be placed on improvisation, cultivating a personal style, and understanding the historical context of this dance form. No tap shoes or Irish step dancing hard shoes! Please bring a recording device. 

Mondays July 23rd through August 27th

6-7 p.m. intermediate

7-8 p.m. beginner

Drop in $15

Full six week term $60

RSVP a must! Please email ohairt@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

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Summer Irish Language Workshops in Portland OR
Jul
24
to Aug 28

Summer Irish Language Workshops in Portland OR

SUMMER IRISH LANGUAGE WORKSHOPS:

Tuesdays July 24th to August 28th from 7-8:30 p.m.

A Renaissance School of Arts and Science

0234 SW Bancroft Street

Portland OR 97239

These stand alone workshops, taught by Brian Ó hAirt, are thematically organized to focus on key elements of Irish Gaelic and to accommodate specific skill levels. Handouts will be provided to accompany lessons and various exercises will be implemented in class to build skills in comprehension, pronunciation, and fluency. Please bring paper and a writing implement (feel free to bring a recording device as well). Be sure to invite your study buddies! 

Tuition for each workshop is $25. RSVP and advanced payment are required. A minimum enrollment of 5 people per workshop is also required to avoid cancellation (students will be reimbursed). To RSVP and arrange payment contact Brian at ohairt@gmail.com or (314) 974-7073.

SCHEDULE:

1) TUESDAY JULY 24th: Features of the language—word order, prepositional pronouns, pronouns types, counting systems, niceties, remedial salutations, small talk, song. 

(Suitable for absolute beginners and novices)

2) TUESDAY JULY 31st: The two forms of the verb ‘BE’

Comparison of the two forms, tenses, basic sentence constructions, constructing questions, comparatives, and superlatives. 

(Suitable for beginners and novices)

3) TUESDAY AUGUST 7th: Pronunciation—concise guide, many examples, reading aloud & correction, grammatical situations for mutations, vocabulary building, song. 

(Suitable for everyone)

4) TUESDAY AUGUST 14th: Verbs—conjugating regular and irregular verbs in all common tenses plus autonomous forms, verbal noun forms, verbal adjectives.  

(Suitable for intermediates and improvers but novices may benefit)

5) TUESDAY AUGUST 21st: Synthetic verb forms—conjugating habitual past, conditional and subjunctive moods, translation practice, speaking practice, constructing blessings and curses. 

(Suitable for intermediates and improvers)

6) TUESDAY AUGUST 28th: Declension of nouns and adjective—Plurality, genitive case, irregularity of forms, extended vocabulary building. 

(Suitable for novices, intermediates, and improvers)

 

FIND YOUR SKILL LEVEL:

(If you're unsure, feel free to contact me for assessment.)

Beginner: You’ve had little or no exposure to the language. Essentially, you’re a clean slate. You should stick to the classes directed toward beginners. 

Novice: You’ve had modest exposure to the language and have lots of gaps in your abilities. You can make small talk but that’s about it. You may benefit from some of the intermediate/improver classes but be aware your level might not fully be accommodated. 

Intermediate: You’ve had moderate exposure to the language and know lots of grammar. You can have a basic conversation when prompted. Feel free sign up for any classes that interest you. Just be aware that your level might not be fully accommodated in lower skill levels. 

Improver: You’ve had lots of exposure to the language and are able to converse with relative ease but you’re returning after some time away. You need your skills dusted off. Feel free to sign up for any classes that interest you. Just be aware that your level might not be fully accommodated in lower skill levels. 

 

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Summer Irish Song Workshops in Portland, OR
Jul
25
to Aug 29

Summer Irish Song Workshops in Portland, OR

  • A Renaissance School of Arts & Science (map)
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SUMMER IRISH SONG WORKSHOPS:

Wednesdays* from July 25th to August 29th 7-8:30 p.m. 

A Renaissance School of Arts and Science

0234 SW Bancroft Street

Portland OR 97239

These stand-alone workshops will feature a variety of song types that span the breadth of human experience. Each class is thematically organized and will be taught “by ear” so be sure to bring a recording device. Lyric sheets will be supplied. No singing experience is required but students will be encouraged to sing out if moved! 

Each class is $25 or you may enroll for all six classes for $120. RSVP and advanced payment is required. A minimum enrollment of 5 people per class is required to avoid cancellation (students will be reimbursed). Be sure to invite your singing buddies! To RSVP and arrange payment contact Brian at ohairt@gmail.com or (314) 974-7073.  

SCHEDULE:

1) Wednesday July 25th: Songs of merriment & devilment—courting songs, work songs, night visiting songs, and licentious songs that celebrate the more unlaced aspects of Irish life. Perhaps not suitable for the younger folk!

2) Wednesday August 1st: Songs of emigration & transportation—songs that feature emigration from Ireland to places like Amerikay and Van Diemen’s Land due to famine, political dissent, poverty, or the search for a better life.  

3) Wednesday August 8th: Songs of love won & lost—the most widely-celebrated genre of songs of true love, false love, broken pledges, death of a loved one, unattainable lovers, and the occasional crossdresser or ghost!

4) Thursday* August 16th: Songs in translation—these songs were originally composed in Irish Gaelic and have been masterfully translated into English preserving aspects of the original composition. 

5) Wednesday August 22nd: Songs of the Ó Domhnaill’s—decades ago, Mícheál, Maighread, and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill brought to Portland songs from their naive Dublin, beloved Donegal, and beyond in both the Irish and English languages. Explore their repertoire and importance to the Portland community. 

6) Wednesday August 29th: Songs of Joe Heaney—Seosamh Éinniú is widely accepted as the most influential singer of the sean-nós style. His repertoire is vast and spans both Irish and English languages. He lived several years in Seattle and has left an indelible mark on the singing community here in the Pacific Northwest.  

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