Tew Academy is currently an independent open platform school.
Open platform is a concept and movement born about a decade ago and as a result of a small group of progressive thinkers who envisioned an Irish dance world that was inclusive and not exclusive.
Essentially, any person claiming to be an Irish dance teacher can enter most open platform competitions. Certifications for teachers and judges are available but are not required for basic membership into these organizations.
Most people who attend open platform organizations for the first time comment on the “family atmosphere” and how supportive everyone is.
For more information about open platform, please visit: http://ashleyirishdances.com/openirishdance/ my friend Ashley Middleton has spent much of her time dedicated to amassing information on all aspects of Irish dance, check out her website.