Irish dance academy has locations in northwest Chicago, Arlington Heights, Lakeview, South Loop, Downers Grove, Elmhurst , St. Charles and Western Springs. Instructors use a distinct, noncompetitive teaching method that places children on a "journey" through Ireland , teaching the beauty of the dance form as well as cultural and life lessons along the way. Classes for kids ages 4-5 run 45 minutes weekly from September through August. Classes for kids 6-12 run one hour weekly from September through August. Students and families are also invited to participate in optional extracurricular dancing activities and family events. Special boys promotion is available. Open enrollment for the 2008-9 year takes place through September 1. For more information, please visit the Web site or call toll free at 877-326-2328.