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A quick guide to Irish Dance Organisations around the world (karma: 6)
By reel_faerie85member has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sun Nov 17, 2013 05:27 PM
Edited by reel_faerie85 (220924) on 2013-11-17 17:30:07

Most schools will belong to a governing body or association. Here are the main ones around the world.(Sourced from Irish Dancing Info on Facebook, run by myself)



AIDA - Australian Association of Irish Dance (.www.aidainc.com/ )

The largest Association in Australia. AIDA is a branch of CLRG. Dancers registered with AIDA can only compete in approved events.


AFC/AAIDT - American Feis Association/American Association of Irish Dance Teachers.

AAIDT was founded in 1998 when several Mid-Atlantic teachers sought an alternative to the established dance community. We are currently unable to find any information relating to the association.

An Cohmdhail. ( www.irishdancingorg.com . . .

An Comhdhail, state that their purpose is to foster, encourage and promote the art and practice of Irish Dancing and to protect and defend, as well as improve the rights and conditions of its members. All teachers and adjudicators are fully qualified , TCRG or ADCRG. An Comhdhail feiseanna are closed to non-members.


CAID - Celtic Association of Irish Dance. ( caid-irishdance.webs.com )

The Celtic Association of Irish Dance was formed with the emphasis on Enjoyment and Fun, and actively promotes this in its dancing and feiseanna. It is open to both qualified and non-qualified teachers. It has schools throughout the United Kingdom, mainly in the South East and in Eire. Most events are open platform but some are closed to non members.


CCE - Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (comhaltas.ie)

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. They provide music, dance and language classes.


CLRG -An Comisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha (Irish Dancing Commission) ( www.clrg.ie . . . )

An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha was established by Conradh na Gaeilge � The Gaelic League � in the 1920's as a commission for the purpose of examining the organisation of Irish dancing. An Coimisium was the first organisation to establish standards for teachers and adjudicators. It also published a handbook on Ceili dances and established the Oireachtas an Rince. CLRG has nine regional councils throughout the world and is the biggest organisation. CLRG is closed platform. Dancers registered with all branches of CLRG are only permitted to dance at approved events.


CRG - Cumann Rince Gaelach

The CRG was founded over 20 years ago to promote the great spirit and high standard of Irish Dancing as well as keeping it both fun and competitive. They run one feis each month and endeavour that all compeitiors will go home with medals and/or trophies which is extremely encouraging and rewarding for all. For more information on the organisation or to find out more about any of their events please contact Linda at: familydolan@eircom.net

CMFA - Cead Mile Failte Association (www.cmfa-id.co.uk . . .)

The organisation covers dancing schools in Hertfordshire, Kent, Essex, Sussex and Wiltshire. As an organisation they hold monthly feisianna run by member schools. Two of the CMFA teachers hold the annual open platform competition - The Hemel Open. Most events are open platform but some are closed to non members.

CRDM - Cumann Rince Dea Mheasa ( www.crdm.ie )

CRDM was founded with the intent of preserving the history of Irish dancing and promoting its future. It teaches both step and ceili dancing. It aims to make Irish Dancing accessible to all. It names itself as the organisation of goodwill. Open platform organisation.

CRN - Cumann Rince Naisiunta (www.crn.ie)

CRN was founded in 1982 by a group of 12 teachers. Its motto is:" Do not do to others what you would not like done to you"CRN operates an open platform and all dancers regardless of schools or organisations are welcome at their feiseanna. CRN has stayed more traditional than other organisations, and focuses more on footwork and timing, rather than jumps and tricks.

FDTA - Festival Dance Teachers Association

The Festival Dance Teachers Association (FDTA), was formed in 1971. They have been organising and participating in Festivals and Championships ever since. They currently have schools throughout Northern Ireland and offer a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere in which to learn, dance and compete. Most events are open platform but some are closed. We are currently unable to find any up to date information on the association.

IMDA - Irish Music and Dance Association (www.irishmusicanddanceassociation.org )

The Irish Music and Dance Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit cultural and educational organization. It was set up to support, coordinate, encourage and promote high quality activities and programs in irish music and dance.

IDTAC - Irish Dance Teachers Association of Canada (www.irishdancecanada.com) (www.widtac.com)

The Canadian branches of CLRG - split into Eastern and Western regions.
All dancers registered with all branches of CLRG are only permitted to dance at approved events.

IDTANA - Irish Dancing Teachers Association of North America (idtana.org)

The Irish Dancing Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA) was born in March, 1964 when Mae Butler, Fedelmia Davis, Kevin McKenna, Peter Smith, Cyril McNiff and Anna O�Sullivan met at the Irish Institute in New York City. They came together with the goal of assuring teacher and adjudicator competency, as well as standardizing the ever growing number of feiseanna throughout North America. The IDTANA consists of seven regional branches: Mid Atlantic, Mid America, Western US, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, New England and Southern US. All dancers registered with all branches of CLRG are only permitted to dance at approved events.


NAFC - North American Feis Commission (northamericanfeiscommission.org)

The North American Feis Commission (NAFC) is an organisation of Feis Managers responsible for the organising of Feiseanna in Canada and the United States. Its primary role is the development and promotion of Irish Culture, through the medium of Irish Dance and Music, as a principle component of the Irish Identity.


NSID/NIDTA - Nordic Society of Irish Dance/ Nordic Irish Dance Teachers Association (www.nsid.org)The purpose of the society is to promote and support Irish dance in the Nordic countries and to encourage relationship between dancers of Irish dance in those countries and beyond. This is, among other things, aided by the hosting of the Nordic Feis.


PIDTA - Performance Irish Dance Teachers Association

An association for those schools, teachers and dancers who are not interested in the competitive side of Irish Dance.


RTN - Rince Tuatha Nua (www.rtnirishdance.com)

Rince Tuatha Nua was founded in 2013 by a group of teachers looking for a way to collaborate with other Irish Dance instructors and create a robust and different type of Irish Dance Organization. Rince Tuatha Nua (Rink-a Two-a New-a) roughly translated means "A New Irish Dance Community."


RTME - Registered Teachers of Mainland Europe (www.europeirishdancing.com)

All teachers of RTME are registered with CLRG, and RTME is its sole mainland European affiliate. All dancers registered with all branches of CLRG are only permitted to dance at approved events.


TIDANZ - Traditional Irish Dancing Association of New Zealand (www.irishdancenz.co.nz . . .)

New Zealand Branch of CLRG. All dancers registered with all branches of CLRG are only permitted to dance at approved events.


WIDA - World Irish Dancing Association (www.worldirishdance.com)

The objective of WIDA is to preserve the history and promote the future of Irish Dancing including Step Dancing, Celli-Dancing and other team dancing as well as the culture, language and music of Ireland. Open platform.

5 Replies to A quick guide to Irish Dance Organisations around the world

re: A quick guide to Irish Dance Organisations around the world
By Hop_123member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sun Nov 17, 2013 06:10 PM
Lots of initials!

Thanks for putting them all in one place!
re: A quick guide to Irish Dance Organisations around the world
By reel_faerie85member has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon Nov 18, 2013 06:27 AM
Not a problem. I was unable to make it neat and tidy as posted it from my phone.

I am sure there are lots of smaller organisations that are out there that have been missed, so feel free to also list them.

I am hoping that this will make it somewhat clearer for dancers and families who are new to the ID world, and also it clearly states CLRG dancers are only permitted to enter verified competitions. Therefore it should help alleviate the old CLRG -v- Open Platform - should we advertise to CLRG dancers argument once and for all.
re: A quick guide to Irish Dance Organisations around the world
By tinydancer1988
On Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:32 PM
Are American dancers from the IDTANA allowed to dance at normal CLRG feises (besides the worlds)? Like, if I were to take a holiday in Ireland, could I register to compete even though my school isn't part of the CLRG?
re: A quick guide to Irish Dance Organisations around the world
By reel_faerie85member has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon Nov 18, 2013 01:08 PM
IDTANA registered schools are registered with CLRG therefore you can attend any CLRG feiseanna with the permission of your teacher.
re: A quick guide to Irish Dance Organisations around the world
By Reidfidleirmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:53 AM
Wow I totally just asked a question without seeing this. Thanks for the info! I think this should be a sticky! Pleeeeease? I'd hate to have to search for this later as I'm sure others would agree.

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