Cumann Rince Náisiúnta (CRN) was founded in 1982 by the late great Ita Cadwell along with 11 other teachers. They believed that all teachers should be protected and that all dancers should be afforded the right to dance.

Since its formation CRN has encouraged an open platform for all dancers and provides an organisation that gives a voice to young teachers, most importantly it provides a stage where every dancer can perform in a competitive but friendly environment. CRN is governed by an Executive Committee who is elected by our members to uphold our Constitution. All our Feile’s and Feiseanna are run under our Rules of Competition.

Thirty years ago Ita Cadwell had a vision of an organisation that would grow worldwide, an organisation that would promote an open platform to all dancers in the hope that this organisation, while encouraging choreography of new work, would still maintain our traditions. This is now being realised. CRN has expanded throughout Ireland and is now quite a force to be reckoned with throughout the World, with teachers and adjudicators based in England, Scotland, Wales, Holland, Belgium, Australia and as far afield as China and indeed CRN is rapidly expanding throughout the USA.

In 2012 Cumann Rince Náisiúnta celebrated its 30th anniversary and launched the CRN Worlds Craobhacha Oscailte na Cruinne. CRN’s very first worlds took place over the June bank holiday weekend in the very prestigious world renowned Wexford Opera House. This has now become an annual event. Over the past couple of years CRN has moved its Irish Open Championships base to the magnificent City west Hotel Conference Centre and has expanded its Calendar of Events to include the North American Open Championships.

If you would like to take part in any of our Feiseanna please check out our Calendar of Events or if you require a copy of our Rules of Competition please contact us.

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