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 feisanna throughout North America. 


The surviving founders of the IDTANA:  the late Peter Smith, Anna O'Sullivan, Fidelmia Davis are still active members and were recently voted lifetime positions on the IDTANA Executive Board.


Since that small humble beginning, and through the efforts of many dedicated Irish Dance Teachers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, the IDTANA has grown now to nearly 650 members - with over 100 members in Canada, 550 members in the United States, and one member in Mexico.  The IDTANA consists of seven regional branches: Mid Atlantic, Mid America, Western US, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, New England and Southern US.  


The IDTANA operates in tandem with An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland.   All members of the IDTANA must be registered and certified as a TMRF, TCRG or ADCRG by An Coimisiun.   Additionally, North America currently has 23 voting members of An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha, which includes the 7 Regional Directors along with two elected members of each Region, the IDTANA Executive Board, and the elected North American Vice Presidents of An Coimisiun.


The emphasis of the IDTANA is to promote Irish Dance throughout North America.  Through continued cooperation with the North American Feis Commission, each region regulates Feiseanna in their area with a standardized syllabus of competitions and rules.  


Annually, the IDTANA sponsors the North American Irish Dance Championships during the first week of July.  The "Nationals", as they have become known as, is recognized as North America's  secondary qualifying event for the annual World Championships held each year around Easter and sponsored by An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha.  The primary qualifying event for dancers to qualify for the World Championships is their Regional Oireachtasi held in November and December each year.

2017 IDTANA Cyril McNiff Memorial Scholarship Program

Two types of scholarships will be awarded:

  • for high school seniors graduating in Spring 2017, and  

  • for students who are enrolled in a four-year undergraduate college program and who will still e enrolled during the 2017-2018 school year.

There have been significant changes to the specific, detailed on-line process for submitting applications for consideration.  (PDF)    (WORD) 


In order to submit an application, you must:

  • meet the minimum academic criteria in your academic transcript,

  • submit an official application form, and

  • provide required transcripts, other academic information, and

  • all required documentation/paperwork by the stated deadline.


If you are interested in receiving complete application information for the 2017 IDTANA Scholarship Program, please click on the following link (or copy and paste it into your server) to reach the initial application form (Google.doc form):


Once you submit a completed initial information application form, you will receive an e-mail response (NOT automated, but within a few days) with complete directions on how to submit the required application materials/supporting documents.


Once you receive that e-mail, please read carefully all rules and regulations and submit the required materials in the required format by the announced deadline.  Be sure to provide all requested/required materials with the Initial Information Application  and with your supporting materials form.


The IDTANA Scholarships are supported by a generous contribution from Northwest Designs. 


Questions?  Contact Russell J. Beaton, SDCRG, by e-mail only


All initial information forms/applications (as described above) must be received no later than December 10, 2016.



ASURINT Screening/Vetting for IDTANA U.S. Members


Current & New members that have not gone through the Screening/Vetting  process as of yet are required to have the proper documentation for the 2015 CLRG Registration period.

The On-line Portal address is: .

  • Those teachers having previously received Hireright reference numbers, confirmed by CLRG, will not have to go through the process this time.

  • Those teachers who have, as a result of their occupation or other activities with children or vulnerable persons, gone through an accredited screening process (which will have to be verified by presentation of documentary evidence) may not have to go through this process at this time, but should contact John Hennigan at for clarification. 

We anticipate the system for Canadian, Mexican & South American members will be operational very soon.



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