Dear Parents and Dancers:


We look forward to the 2012 North American Irish Dance Championships to be held in Chicago, IL from July 3, 2012 - July 7, 2012.  The IDTANA Convention will be held on July 2, 2012.   The information about the 2012 North American Irish Dance Championships has been announced.  We are very excited about the championships being held in Chicago, IL from July 3rd – 7th, 2012.  


Make your plans today and we hope to see you there.  For all the details, please see the information below and if you have any questions, feel free to visit us on Facebook at North American Irish Dance Championships 2012.




Lisa Petri

President, IDTANA

Air Travel Discount:  

The IDTAMA and the IDTANA is happy to be able to provide a discount code for airline travel.  Please download the information here.

Hotel Accommodations:  


Hotel Accommodations are now available as follows (download pdf):



800-233-4100 toll free

312-464-1000 hotel direct OR

Online Sheraton Booking Form for 2012 NAIDC

$159 exclusive of taxes and parking

HYATT REGENCY CHICAGO (result presentations)


888-421-1442 toll free

312-565-1234 hotel direct OR

Online Hyatt Booking Form for 2012 NAIDC

$159 exclusive of taxes and parking


EMBASSY SUITES (overflow Nationals Hotel)


511 North Columbus Drive

Chicago, IL 60611


$179 single occupancy      $189 double occupancy

$199 triple occupancy       $209 quad occupancy


Each 2 room suite includes: Complimentary high speed or wireless internet, a mini fridge, microwave, and pull out sofa. The hotel offers rooms with either 1 King or 2 double beds.  Complimentary breakfast daily- 6:30AM-9:30AM (Mon-Fri) and 7:00AM-10:30AM (Sat-Sun).  Breakfast includes cooked to order omelet station, breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausage, pastries, cereal, juices, coffee, pancakes, French toast and oatmeal. Complimentary Nightly Manager's Reception - 5:30PM-7:30PM (Mon-Sun)

Reception includes domestic beers, wine, and well liquor. Non alcoholic beverages are available as well. Food items include hummus, pita chips, trail mix, chips, salsa, and mixed nuts.

Toll free reservations line is 866-866-8098 and mention Irish Dance Group for the group rate

Room Rate:  

$159 exclusive of taxes and parking

Deposit Requirements:  

A 2 night non-refundable charge will be taken.

  Facility Usage Fee:  

 $100 per person per day charged to anyone not staying in the Sheraton Chicago or the Hyatt Chicago Hotels.  (Families living in Illinois are exempt from this fee by showing an ID)   This fee is necessary to ensure the event meets the hotel room numbers to cover the costs of the hotel space donated to host the National Championships.  This policy was put into place three years ago but, since many of your families may still have questions, please find some answers below that you might find helpful.  The 2012 Committee is working hard to make this event family friendly and family affordable in one of America’s most wonderful cities.

IDTANA Convention:   

Monday, July 2, 2012

The 5 Day Championship:  

Tuesday – Saturday, July 3 – 7, 2012

Team Day is Thursday, July 5, 2012

Daily Schedule



Marie Moore, Michael Fitzpatrick, Kathleen O'Keefe, Helena McCarron, Kevin McCarron, Jan Curry Henderson, Brendan Tiernan, Maura Dixon, Pauline Shaw, Mary Sweeney, Maureen Cunniffe Daly,  Sharon O'Brien, Joanie Cass, Eddie Murphy, Patrick O'Hare


Anthony Davis, Billy Furlong, Brian O'Sullivan, Chris McGrory, Chris McLoughlin, Darren Checkley, Dean Crouch, Kevin Joyce, Merv Bell, Pat King, Paul O'Donnell, Tony Nother, Brian Grant, Cormac O'Se


North American Irish Dance Championships 2012


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