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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 [...]


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 [...]


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 COUNTRY 1 The [...]

North American Irish Dance Championships Take Place in Montreal

Bonne Chance to all dancers and schools at the NAIDC 2022! After three years, it’s wonderful to be back together for our premier event! Here’s to incredible dancing and a fantastic week in Montreal! Tremendous thanks to the amazing NAIDC 2022 co-chair team of Ryan Carroll, Rose Johnson, and Marie [...]

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Our History

About IDTANA Our History A brief history of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America The Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America, Inc. (IDTANA) is a not-for-profit, members-only organization which accepts registration applications from all teachers and/or adjudicators of Irish Dance who live and work in North America [...]

The Organization

About IDTANA The Organization North America’s governing body for Irish dance The Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America, Inc., is a not-for-profit membership organization representing over 1,000 certified and vetted Irish Dance teachers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Quick Links   Purpose | Mission | Vision | 501(c)3 Nonprofit Purpose [...]

Congratulations to the 2022 IDTANA Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2022 IDTANA Scholarship Recipients! In addition to the recipients’ commitment to excellence in Irish Dance, all have impressive academic records and devote themselves to volunteering in their schools and communities. The Cyril McNiff IDTANA Scholarship Program awarded a total of $44,000 in scholarships. A tremendous thank you [...]