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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 [...]


About IDTANA Ethics A commitment to strong ethical standards and child protection IDTANA recognizes the extreme importance of all members to strive effectively to ensure the safety and protection of all children. Members of IDTANA are all licensed, fully vetted professionals with the parent body, An Coimisiun Le Rince Gaelacha [...]


About IDTANA Officers​ The IDTANA is an incorporated nonprofit organization, and is led by an elected Executive Board of six officers who may serve for two consecutive two-year terms. The officers are members of the IDTANA and are elected by their peers at an annual convention of teacher members from [...]

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About IDTANA Certifications Offered by IDTANA and An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha Members of the IDTANA must first and foremost be certified and accredited by An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha (CLRG), The Commission of Irish Dance, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. The IDTANA is formally associated with CLRG, recognizing CLRG as [...]

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About IDTANA Regions Seven regions, Three countries, One organization The IDTANA collectively supports the local membership of our regions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Read on to learn more about Irish dance in each of our IDTANA member countries! Quick Links The United States | Canada | Mexico [...]