Why choose Dowds Irish Dance Academy?

We are the Irish dance school in Omaha, Kansas City and Lincoln where students will be taught by a world champion Irish step dancer and former lead dancer with Riverdance who follows a proven traditional Irish method of instruction.  The Academy’s owner, Marty Dowds, was also a successful professional Irish dancer.  This makes a big difference to every student.  At our Academy you or your child will learn each step from a master.  His philosophy is that each student should be successful at each level before progressing to the next.  Those basic skills set the foundation for great dance and future success.  We have students from beginner level to World Qualifiers!

What do students and parents of students say about our instructor?

Parents surveyed for the Academy responded with resounding praise.  They said their kids really liked and respected their instructor.  The parents overwhelmingly felt our instructor challenged their child to do better, but was still compassionate and understanding.  They felt the level of excellence in instruction at Dowds Irish Dance Academy was exceptional.  Adult students also felt that Marty Dowds was an excellent instructor and have enjoyed Marty’s teaching and Irish humor.

Certified Instructor

Marty Dowds is a TCRG (Commission Certified Irish Dance Teacher) and the school is certified with Irish Dance Commission (An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha – CLRG) offering students the opportunity to competitively dance. Marty Dowds’ career in Irish dance started at the “late” age of 9.  During his competition years he won Worlds, All Ireland, Ulster and British Nationals competitions before heading off to dance professionally with Riverdance for 13 years. His combined Irish dance experience spans 24 years.  Many of those years were spent as a lead dancer. It’s his goal to pass on his love of Irish dance and culture to people of all backgrounds.

Bottom Line

You or your child want to receive excellent instruction in Irish step dancing in a positive, safe, friendly environment.    Where did the school’s teachers learn to Irish dance?  At Dowds Irish Dance Academy your teacher with 9 years of professional Irish step dance training in Ireland, certification from the CLRG, and 13 years of professional dance experience offers you or your child superior results and heck of a lot of fun in the process. Proudly in 2014 after only 3 years in business Dowds Irish Dance Academy had its first World Qualifier!  Please call or email us today to visit the Academy, meet our instructor, students and parents, and attend a class for free.


I can’t believe it’s almost time for kids to go back to school, the days are getting shorter again and soon the temps will cool.  It’s that time of year.  Each year seems to go faster and faster.  Well at Dowds Irish Dance Academy, we had a busy summer.  We had the MOST kids in our summer camps ever!

We want to keep the momentum going at Dowds.  Plan to attend one of our open houses in July/August.  Find out more about Irish dance and sign up for classes.  You’ll have a chance to meet Marty too and ask him whatever questions you may have.  The dates and locations of our open houses are as follows

  • Omaha – July 13th from 3pm – 5pm
  • Omaha – July 14th from 1pm – 3pm
  • Omaha – August 17th from 3pm – 5pm
  • Omaha – August 18th from 1pm – 3pm
  • Lincoln – August 4th from 1pm – 3pm
  • Kansas City – Times TBA

The Omaha studio is located at 2436 South 120th Street

The Lincoln studio is in residence at Club Kicks at 4820 Rentworth Drive

The Kansas City studio is 12616 West 62nd Terr, Ste. 114 (Monterey Office Park) in Shawnee, KS