RKIDs Membership and Class Information
Membership: Who and How
The Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers welcomes adults, 18 and older. Skill levels among our members range from total beginners to dancers with years of experience.
Download our membership application form using the button further down this page. Please note the questions about your Covid vaccination status on its first page. Return one form per person to the address shown on the first page. Payment checks can be for multiple people, just include their forms and vaccination information and indicate how much payment is going to which person and for what purpose (membership dues, class application, donations, etc.). If you want to participate in any RKIDs face-to-face activities, whether in class or at social gatherings, for now you must be fully Covid-vaccinated and provide proof of same with your application.
Classes: Where, What and When
As a member, you are entitled to, but don't have to, enroll in classes. If you want to enroll, your membership dues must be paid for the duration of the class semester you are interested in. So to enroll in September for a Fall semester, you must also pay the membership fee for that September - August (of the next year) time frame.
Generally, we meet at in the cafeteria at the Gaithersburg High School located at 101 Education Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, but always check our calendar to be sure where to find us on a particular date. Class is held in the school cafeteria. We meet most Tuesdays from 7 pm - 8:45 pm. We're off most of the summer and resume in September.
Our Who We Are page has more information on what goes into each class.
Generally, tuition is not prorated if we must shorten the semester due to inclement weather or cancellations caused by the school system. We try to schedule make-up classes, and try to teach 13 - 15 classes per semester, but that's not guaranteed.
It's desirable to have:
- A sense of humor
- Comfortable shoes
- Two feet (preferably one right and one left, but don't let having two left feet stop you)
But you do NOT need:
- A partner
- Irish ancestry
- Previous dance experience
Our club contact can give you more information.
Cost per Person
Other Membership Benefits
As a member, you don't have to go to dance classes. We have a strong orientation towards social activities. Members also get these benefits:
- Invitation for one year to all RKIDs' social activities and events;
- Participation in parades and performances (with certain guidelines, such as attendance at rehearsals, approval by parade and performance organizers, etc.);
- Attend annual meetings and vote for Directors and bylaw changes;
- Inclusion on club announcements email list;
- Run for a position on the Board of Directors;
- Right to attend Directors' meetings.
Membership fees are not prorated over the course of the year.