©️Milton Baar, MediaImages
AIDA NSW is the state branch of the Australian Irish Dancing Association.
It is made up of qualified teachers registered with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, Dublin.
This international organisation was established in the 1930s to set standards for teaching and later adjudicating. It also publishes a handbook of Ceili dances as well as overseeing competitons also known as feisannas.
This includes the Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne – The World Irish Dancing Championships.
Charmain May ADCRG
Jan Currie-Henderson ADCRG
Jane Berne ADCRG
Ann Derwent ADCRG
Sarah Hockley TCRG
Tegan Horwood TCRG
Eleanor Grose TCRG
Genevieve Carroll TCRG
the history of irish dancing
This traditional dance form originated in Ireland but is popular worldwide, thanks to shows such as Riverdance.
The fast footwork, rhythmical beats and energetic jumps make it the ideal workout for both girls and boys.
Some may want to learn for fitness and fun while others may choose to hone their craft by dancing competitively.
Dance masters appeared in Ireland in the second half of the 18th century where they would travel from village to village, teaching locals intricate steps.
A fiddler or a piper usually accompanied them and their arrival bought great excitement.
Rival dance masters would also challenge each other at local fairs – dancing until one collapse from exhaustion!
Today dedicated and trained teachers pass their love of this dance onto students from all cultural backgrounds. While it is steeped in tradition, Irish dancing is always evolving. You will find classes in most corners of the globe!