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How to Get Started

About IDTANA How to Get Started How to find a teacher, and what to expect. If you, or your little one, is ready to give Irish dancing a try, then you’ve come to the right place! We are a non-profit organization that is composed of Irish dance instructors from all [...]

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Glossary

About Irish Dance Glossary Your guide to Irish Dancing Terminology Like many activities, Irish dancing has a vocabulary of its own, complete with many terms you may not know yet, but which will become second nature over time. Our comprehensive glossary below will help you familiarize yourself with some of [...]

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Music & Musicians

About Irish Dance Music & Musicians The heart and soul of Irish dancing Irish dancing is intimately connected to traditional Irish music. Irish music is so ingrained into the dance form that the dances themselves are named according to the type of Irish tune that is being played. There are [...]

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What do Irish Dancers Wear?

About Irish Dance What do Irish Dancers Wear? Your guide to Irish dancing shoes, costumes, and more When you are getting ready for your first Irish dance class, you might wonder what is appropriate to wear. There is typically no heavy investment in special clothes or shoes for your first [...]

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Types of Irish Dancing

About Irish Dance Types of Irish Dancing An opportunity for everyone Traditional Irish step dancing can be subdivided into different types and categories, which adds many exciting and different dynamics to the art form. Unlike some other traditional or cultural dance forms, which may only have one standard format, Irish [...]

Why Irish Dance?

About Irish Dance Why Irish Dance? Irish dance offers more benefits than any other activity. An incredible workout, a beautiful art form, a lifetime of community, and a world of performance opportunity – no matter what you are looking for, Irish dance has an opportunity for you. Read on to [...]

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Who Can Irish Dance?

About Irish Dance Who can Irish Dance? An art and sport for all. Whatever your background, age, or goals, you are welcome in the world of Irish dance. There is no typical dancer, and whether you want to be a world champion, or make friends at the studio and learn [...]

What is Irish Dancing?

About Irish Dance What is Irish Dancing? Informed by history, always evolving. At its core, modern Irish Dance is the evolution of the traditional dance form of the people of Ireland. Crafted over centuries, the dance developed in direct partnership with the traditional music of Ireland. As with all human [...]