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News 6. 10. 2019

POLL: Is competitive Irish dancing in need of reform?

As CLRG is being “assessed” by the Irish Competition Authority, we want to know your thoughts on the state of competitive Irish dancing

Competitive Irish dancing has become, undoubtedly, an expensive sport, despite its humble beginnings.

Recently, a group of TCRGs (Irish dance teachers) took a stand against their governing organization CLRG [An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha] when it was revealed that rates in the designated hotel block for the 2020 World Irish Dancing Championships, the organization’s most prestigious competition, were higher than prices outside of the block.

Further, attendees from outside of Ireland and Northern Ireland who opt to stay outside of the price-inflated hotel block in Dublin will be subject to a daily €50 ($55) ‘facility fee,’ in addition to the daily door fee, when attending the Dublin Convention Center for the competition.

Fed up, the group of teachers lodged a formal complaint with the Irish Competition Authority, alleging that CLRG is extorting its attendees.

The formal complaint, which is still being “assessed” by the ICA, is the first substantial stand that has been taken against CLRG.

Teachers, as well as Irish dancers’ parents, have had enough. Classes, competitions, travel to and lodging at competitions, as well as shoes, wigs, costumes, makeup, practice gear – it all adds up to a hefty price tag on what used to be a modest cultural activity.

So, what do you think – has competitive Irish dancing fallen too far from its roots? Does it need reform, or is the evolution that competitive Irish dancing has endured over the past few decades merely a product of it being thrust into the mainstream?

IrishCentral Staff @IrishCentral 

Václav Bernard

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