Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa have a new choice when looking for a certified Irish dance school. Marty Dowds, former Riverdance lead dancer and winner of multiple international Irish dance competitions, has passed his TCRG exam (acryonym for the Irish – Teagascóir Choimisiúin le Rinci Gaelacha – Commission Certified Irish Dance Teacher). A rigorous multi-day exam it ensures that you are receiving quality dance instruction. Passing the TCRG exam also means that Dowds Irish Dance Academy is now a “TCRG certified school” with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) (Irish Dance Commission). What does this mean to students and parents? Students can now compete at Irish dance competitions. Something we have been anxiously awaiting. It’s a great opportunity for our students and offers a healthy competitive environment for students to push themselves further than they might have without competition.