ONJ Roster 2019

Virtual Private Lessons - Spring/Summer 2020

The O'Neill-James School of Irish Dance has adopted a special schedule and rates for private lessons in response to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read all of the information below carefully, even if you have taken private lessons with ONJ in the past!   

Who is eligible to take private lessons with ONJ? Private lessons are open to all current students of the O'Neill-James School of Irish Dance.

How are lessons offered? Private lessons will be offered with one of our skilled instructors via Zoom. Once you schedule your private lesson, you will receive an invitation with the unique Zoom meeting ID and password.

How long do lessons last? Private lessons are 50 minutes in duration. 

How do I know which instructor to choose? All of our private lesson instructors are long-time ONJ dancers with extensive performance and competition experience. Please find your/your dancer's class time below, and select a lesson with one of the instructors assigned to cover material from that class:

  • Beginner (B): Mon 5PM, Tue 4PM, Tue 5PM, Thu 5PM, Sat 9AM - Shannon or Emma
  • Advanced Beginner (AB): Mon 6PM, Wed 7PM, Sat 10AM - Shannon, Emma, Amanda, or Grady
  • Intermediate (I): Mon 7PM, Thu 6PM, Sat 11AM - Shannon, Emma, Amanda, or Grady
  • Advanced (A): Mon 8PM, Wed 8PM, Sat 12:30PM - Emma, Amanda, or Grady
  • Prelim/Champ (PC+): Thu 7PM - Amanda or Grady      

There are only two more weeks of classes - please do not sign up for a private lesson that conflicts with an already scheduled class! 

How do I pay for lessons? During distance learning, ONJ is offering private lessons at the special rate of $60 per lesson, paid via PayPal. Please submit your payment of $60 via PayPal to [email protected] any time between scheduling the lesson and the end of the lesson. If you have questions or concerns about using PayPal, please contact [email protected]

How do I sign up for private lessons? All private lessons are scheduled via this SignUp Genius page. You are not required to register for a SignUp Genius account to enroll for private lessons.

The final sign-up page requests a contact phone number and the first name of the dancer, and provides a space for comments to the instructor. This information is only visible to ONJ private lesson instructors and administrators. Any information that you record in the "Public Comments" box can be seen by others - please do not use this box for information that you do not intend to share.

What if I have to change or cancel a lesson? You can manage your own private lesson schedule through this SignUp Genius page, and may cancel or change any private lesson without penalty up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled lesson.

We understand that emergencies arise. If you must cancel a lesson with less than 24 hours' notice, please notify Mrs. James as soon as possible by sending an email to [email protected] and leaving a message at 703-241-1978. No-shows must be paid in full.

What can I expect from a private lesson? A private lesson is an opportunity to strengthen skills learned in class through supplementary instruction tailored to the individual dancer's abilities. At the beginning of each lesson, the dancer works with the instructor to identify his/her main priorities - this can begin prior to the lesson using the "Private Comments for Instructors" in the sign-up form. The dancer works at his/her own pace with personalized feedback from the instructor, and finishes by setting goals for practice at home. (Parents or guardians may arrange with the instructor for a demonstration of the student's skills and practice assignments in the last few minutes of the lesson.)

Created by:   Laureen O'Neill-James
 

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