RIVER CITY SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE
A Premiere Dance Academy
CLASSES WE OFFER
Embrace Your Love of Dance
Learn New Skills
Led by a dedicated team of instructors, this class will have you on your feet in no time. Many of our dancers love taking this class, as it gives them the opportunity to learn new movements and easily showcase their talent. Interested in learning more? Get in contact with a member of our team, we’re happy to answer any questions.
Become a Champion
This class is a favorite among many of our students. Everyone loves the opportunity to explore the new dance moves taught in this class, while also mastering the classic moves. Our amazing instructors make sure everyone gets individual attention while keeping the class collaborative. Want to find out more? Get in touch with us today.
Try Something New
Whether you’re looking to learn new dance moves or hone in on your existing talent, this class is what you are looking for. The instructors are committed to giving each student attention while also moving the class forward. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about this class or any others - simply contact us below.
The River City School of Irish Dance is one of Saskatoon's longest running Irish Dance schools, officially opening its doors in 1996. At River City, it is our mission to promote awareness, understanding and love of Irish Dance and Irish culture throughout the local community. We believe so strongly in the local promotion of Irish Dance in that we worked hard to help host the 2019 Western Canadian Regional Oireachtas in Saskatoon, bringing this prestigious qualifying competition for the North American and World Irish Dance Championships to Saskatchewan for the first time in history.
In the studio, we strive to provide world-class instruction and resources for our dance students to ensure that they have the tools to achieve their goals, whether that be a qualification for the World Irish Dance Championships or 1st Place at a local Feis, we are here to support all dancers equally. Dancers at River City will receive instruction from certified Irish Dance Teachers (TCRG) at every class who have the knowledge and experience to ensure that dancers are receiving consistent and quality instruction of Irish Dance.
The River City Irish Dance Parents Association is a non-profit entity dedicated to the development of River City dancers through fundraising initiatives and event organization and it has been our pleasure to work closely with Nicole and Katie over the years in support of their school. Both teachers are talented and certified Irish dance instructors dedicated to teaching Irish dance and promoting Irish culture in a fun, rewarding and inclusive environment. River City gives dancers an opportunity to build character and confidence through a variety of dance instruction including health, nutrition and life skills. This provides an excellent opportunity for dancers to achieve their highest potential resulting in many of the River City dancers qualifying for national and international competitions. The Parents Association highly encourages anyone with interest to reach out and contact the school for further information.
MEET THE TEAM
KATIE BLEAKNEY, TCRG
Owner | Instructor
Katie has lived in Saskatoon since the age of two and has been dancing since age five. She enjoyed competing from an early age and progressed through the grades quickly. Katie's hard work and determination resulted in her participation at the World and North American Championships on a number of occasions. Katie was very driven in her last few years of her competitive career and was pleased to finish in the top 20 in North America two years in a row.
Teaching dance as well as choreographing for shows and performances is something Katie is very passionate about. Katie received her TCRG Certification in December of 2015.
NICOLE NIENABER, TCRG
Owner | Instructor
Nicole was born and raised in Saskatoon and has been a member of River City since its opening in 1996. Nicole started dancing at the age of six and began competing shortly thereafter. Nicole reached the highest level of dance and qualified for the North American Championships on numerous occasions. Nicole has been privileged to dance in many honoured events throughout Saskatchewan and looks forward to guiding young dancers to do the same.
Nicole considers herself very fortunate to play a positive role in the development of each dancer. Nicole received her TCRG Certification in May of 2015.
COVID SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY SATURDAY
TINY TOTS 5:00 - 5:30
BEGINNER 5:40 – 6:25 5:00 – 5:45
ADVANCED BEGINNER 5:40 – 6:40 5:00 – 6:00 10:00 – 10:50
NOVICE/PRIZEWINNER 6:50 – 8:05 6:10 – 7:25 11:00 – 12:00
PRELIM CHAMPIONSHIP 5:00 – 6:15 8:15 – 9:15 12:10 – 1:40
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 6:25 – 7:40 7:35 – 8:35 1:50 – 3:20
ADULT BEGINNER 5:45 – 6:45
ADULT INTERMEDIATE 7:00 – 8:00
ADULT ADVANCED 8:15 – 9:15