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The Ancient Order of Hibernians is hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Old Market this weekend.  The school is honored to be participating this year.  We will proudly march and show off our Irish heritage.  The parade starts at 10am on Saturday.  The parade starts at 15th and Howard and runs through the Old Market.  We will be setting up between 15th and 16th on Jackson St.  If you want to march with us, black and green are the required attire.


Marty Dowds, the owner of Dowds Irish Dance Academy, will be at both Riverdance shows today.  There is a booth located in the lobby with flyers and signup sheets for anyone interested in classes.

Excited for the Academy meet and greet with the cast of Riverdance today!

The students will have a rare opportunity today to meet with some of the cast members of Riverdance while it’s briefly in town for 2 shows.  Riverdance is one of the shows that put Irish dance on the world map.  The owner of the Academy, Marty Dowds, is also a former Riverdance lead dancer.  This meet and greet is one of the last of it’s kind as this promises to be the last North American tour for a while.

Riverdance is coming!!!

In advance of Riverdance’s last Omaha appearance for the foreseeable future.  Marty Dowds was interviewed about his Riverdance experience and the school here in Omaha. He appeared on KMTV’s Morning Blend and in the Go! section of the Omaha World Herald.   The links for both are below.

Adult Step Class Class Added

There were several requests from both parents of children in dance classes and adult students in the Tuesday night ceili class to have an adult step class.  Adult step has begun!  It’s every Tuesday from 8-9pm at my Omaha studio.  As any of our adult ceili class members can testify to, adult classes are a great workout and will get your heart going.  It’s especially great for parents of children in classes.  Parents will learn the same steps their children are learning.  The fee is just $50/month.  You can join in the Ceili class as well for an extra $7/week or just come to Adult Step.  Get your aerobic workout out in and have some great fun at the same time!  See you on Tuesday night.  – Marty


Important Dates for 2011/2012 – See Blog for 2011 Class Schedule

Labor Day – 5 September

TCRG exam – 20-23 October

Thanksgiving – 24-25th November

Christmas/New Year’s Break  22 December – 3 January

St. Patrick’s Day – March 17th

Easter Sunday – April 8th

Last day of Spring Classes – 3 June

Look here often for updates!  SEE BLOG SECTION FOR FALL 2011 CLASS SCHEDULE 

Fall 2011 Class schedules and places

Classes are beginning!!! We always welcome new students.  You can fill out the registration form online, email us, or phone us. Drop-ins are also welcome however please arrive a few minutes early if you need to fill out a registration form.  You can always check the CALENDAR section of the website for events on a specific date, feis information, and holidays or breaks.

Sunday – Classes are in Lincoln at Club Kicks studio located at 4820 Rent Worth Drive

Level 1 step from 1-2pm
Level 2 step from 2-3pm

Monday – Classes are in Lincoln at First United Methodist Church at 2723 N 50th St.  BEGINS MON, SEPT 19TH 2011

Beginner’s class from 6 – 7pm
Ceili Classes with Lincoln Irish Dancers from 7 – 8pm

Tuesday – Classes are at our studio located at 3015 North 90th Street (just north of 90th and Maple)

Tots from 5:30 – 6:15pm
Adult ceili – 7 – 8pm

Wednesday – Classes at our studio located at 3015 North 90th Street (just north of 90th and Maple)

Level 1 step from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Level 2 step from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Level 3 step from 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Friday –  Classes at Bellevue Dance Academy located at 11800 S. 25th Street (just south of Hwy. 370 on 25th Street)

Level 3 step from 5:15 – 6:15 pm
Level 1 step from 6:15 – 7:00 pm
Level 2 step from 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday – Classes at our studio in Omaha located at 3015 North 90th Street (just north of 90th and Maple)

Level 1 step from 8:30 – 9:30 am
Level 2 step from 9:30 – 10:30 am
Level 3 step from 10:30 – 11:30 am






Fall classes, Grand Openings and Much Fanfare!

I can’t tell you how excited I am!  All our planning and hard work has resulted in some great news for our students.  Because of the support and hard work of some very important people and organizations, we will have classes in THREE locations this fall, Lincoln,Bellevue and Omaha.  Our Lincoln partnership is with the Lincoln Irish Dancers.  A great group of individuals who have supported Irish dance and Celtic culture in Lincoln for years.  In Bellevue I’m fortunate to work with the Bellevue Dance Academy and its great staff.  Our classes in Bellevue will be on Friday nights and our classes in Lincoln for Irish Step will be on Sunday afternoons and for Ceili on Monday evenings.  The classes in Lincoln begin on August 28th and in Bellevue on September 9th.  Be sure to check our online calendar for times and updates.

OPEN HOUSE IN LINCOLN is at Club Kicks at 4820 Rent Worth Drive  on August 7th from 1-3pm.  You will have a chance to come meet with us, ask questions and signup for classes.  Also there will be representatives of the Lincoln Irish Dancers there.  They are always looking for new dancers to join their wonderful group.  You can find out more about them at the open house and at their website

We will be posting the times of the Omaha and Bellevue Open Houses very soon so check back here at our website or on Facebook.