The Irish Independent says that a scandal caused the Irish dancing community to fall apart on Wednesday. It was said that several teachers and schools tried to fix the competition in their favor, including by using sexual favors.
The highest governing body for Irish dancing, the Coimisiin Le Rinc Gaelacha, was told about texts that seemed to show some of the most well-known instructors trying to fix competitions, according to a newspaper.
No information was provided as to who or how the competitions were rigged, but the newspaper said that in one instance, a dancing instructor and a competition judge looked to be trading sexual favors in exchange for higher points.
According to the organization, a former Irish Court of Appeal judge has been formally selected by the CLRG to lead an investigation into the alleged fraud.
“The process will no doubt be difficult and arduous, but this grossly unethical behavior must be eliminated from our competitions, dance schools and governing organizations,” the CLRG said in a statement.
“An Coimisiún regards such breaches to be Gross Misconduct. Any registered member found to be engaged in such practices will be subject to due and full process under our published Disciplinary Procedures.”
According to the CLRG, the investigator will have “to oversee and supervise the immediate investigation into these matters. They will have full and open access to the resources and records of CLRG.”
One of the teachers who is said to be involved in the scandal has a history of changing the results of competitions.
The CLRG apparently received several texts in July from teachers attempting to rig contests.
The CLRG has been contacted by the Post for comment.
Irish dance is always done to traditional Irish music and dates back to the 1500s. There are a few schools that do teach the dance, despite it not being very well-liked in the US.
“We are aware of allegations against a number of members circulating on social media. Allegations without evidence are simply that – allegations,” says the CLRG.