Teachers at the Old Town School

Cheryl Ziemba

Irish Step Dance

Styles - A Mix of Traditional and Modern Irish Music

Techniques - Soft Shoe (Ghillies) and Hard Shoe (Heavy Jig Shoes)

Cheryl is upbeat and energetic in class. Irish dance involves a lot of jumping and controlled movements, so she tries to make sure students are having fun while also showing proper form and getting a great workout. Timing and rhythm are so important, so when teaching something new she likes to slow down the music so students can get a feel for the timing of a dance even if their feet aren't quite ready to go at full speed yet. She tries to keep class challenging and push students a little outside of their comfort zone.

For 12 years, Cheryl competed in local, regional, national, and world competitions. During that time she was able to perform at venues across the country including Epcot Center, Downtown Disney, the Chicago Bears halftime show at Soldier Field, the ellipse in Washington, D.C., the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, and the official St. Patrick’s Day mass and brunch reception with Mayor Daley at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago. You can even catch a quick glimpse of her in the movie The Fugitive during the St. Patrick’s Day parade scene. In addition to Irish dance, Cheryl enjoys taking flying trapeze lessons!

Education: Graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2002 with a major in Marketing.

Started at the Old Town School in August of 2010


Group Classes for the session beginning 10/28/2019

Irish Step Dance: Advanced with Cheryl Ziemba

Experience the fun and precision of Irish step dancing in a more advanced, fast-paced group setting. We'll focus on more intricate and advanced steps including reels, slip jigs, slow hornpipes, treble jigs, treble reels, and set dances. At the end of the session, we'll participate in the showcase and perform a 2-minute group dance.

$116 ($96 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:00 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Irish Step Dance: Beginner/Beginner Rep with Cheryl Ziemba

Experience the fun and precision of Irish step dancing in a spirited, comfortable group class. Learn the basics of Irish dance including promenades, glides, 7s, and begin a traditional soft shoe dance of reels, jigs, hop jigs, or slip jigs. At the end of the session, your class will have a chance to perform a short group dance at the showcase to show family & friends what you’ve accomplished and celebrate what you’ve learned together.

$116 ($96 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:55 PM – 8:45 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Irish Step Dance: Intermediate with Cheryl Ziemba

$116 ($96 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:50 PM – 9:40 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/06/2020

Irish Step Dance: Int/Adv Soft Shoe Choreography with Cheryl Ziemba

$148 ($128 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 7:00 PM – 8:05 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Irish Step Dance: Int/Adv Hard Shoe with Cheryl Ziemba

For Irish Step Dancers looking to work on their hard shoe skills, this is the place for you!

$66 ($46 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:10 PM – 8:40 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Irish Step Dance: Beg/Beg Rep with Cheryl Ziemba

Experience the fun and precision of Irish step dancing in a spirited, comfortable group class. Learn the basics of Irish dance including promenades, glides, 7s, and begin a traditional soft shoe dance of reels, jigs, hop jigs, or slip jigs. At the end of the session, your class will have a chance to perform a short group dance at the showcase to show family & friends what you’ve accomplished and celebrate what you’ve learned together.

$132 ($112 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 8:45 PM – 9:35 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave