Irish Dance Organizations

There are many Irish dancing organizations all over the world.  Here we try to provide information on each organization and how to contact them.  Some organizations are formed to keep the traditions and culture alive, some are formed with goals to have students compete, and some are a great mix.

An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha

clrgAn Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, The Irish Dancing Commission, was established by Conradh na Gaeilge (The Gaelic League) in 1930.  This organization is a large organization that spans the world with dancers in many countries.  Their history can be read on the History of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha page on their website.

The principal aims and objectives of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha are to preserve and promote Irish Dancing, including step-dancing and team dancing.

An Comhdháil Múinteora Rinnce Gaelacha

Comhdháil Na Múinteoirí Le Rincí Gaelacha, is otherwise known as An Comhdháil – The Congress of Irish Dance Teachers was formed in 1969.

Cumann Rince Náisiúnta

Cumann Rince Náisiúnta (CRN) was founded in 1982 by a group of 12 teachers and was founded on a very strong set of Principles with the CRN Motto:  “Do not do to others what you would not like done to you.”    The CRN organization is an Open Platform organization, which means anyone is free to enter CRN competitions, not just students of CRN teachers.

Cumann Rince Dea Mheasa

Cumann Rince dea Mheasa (CRDM) is an open platform organisation that was founded in 2002 by 8 teachers who shared a common goal.

World Irish Dance Association

The World Irish Dance Association (W.I.D.A.) is a young organization set up to promote and develop Irish Dancing for today’s business arena.

Based in mainland Europe, W.I.D.A. organizes workshops, competitions and examinations to aid in the promotion of an interest and the development of a standard in Irish Dancing.

A prior knowledge or experience of Irish Dance is not necessary to become a certified W.I.D.A. dance teacher or adjudicator as few people on the European mainland grew up having the opportunity to know about Ireland’s national dance style.

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