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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.

Fall Classes Starting Soon – Open House and Registration

The summer is coming to an end and the kids will be back in school before we know it.   That means it’s time for fall dance classes to start again!  We are excited for a new season of Irish dance.  Please come and visit our studios, ask about our school and teaching method and register for classes.   Our open houses are as follows:


  • August 1st from 3-5pm;
  • August 2nd from 2-4pm; and
  • August 8th from 3-5pm

Kansas City

  • September 6th from 1-4pm


  • August 9 from 1-3pm