Irish Set Dance Group

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Irish Set Dancing

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ALL welcome to weekly Irish Set Dancing classes in 2017
No partner necessary

  • Term 1 - 1 February - 5 April
  • Term 2 - 26 April - 28 June
  • Term 3 - 19 July - 20 September
  • Term 4 - 11 October - 13 December

Classes run from 8:00PM to 10:00PM WEDNESDAY EVENINGS during each term.
North Canberra Baptist Church Hall, 17 Condamine St Turner.

MFS Members $8 / Non-MFS $9. Includes a light supper. First TWO classes for new attendees are FREE. 10 week pass available at a discounted rate: $70 MFS / $80 Non-MFS.

The last class of Terms 1, 2 and 3 is a 'mini-ceili', where the night is given to dancing rather than teaching. The last class of Term 4 is the group's Christmas party and deck dance.

FREE beginners/refresher classes are run on selected Wednesday evenings prior to the regular class. For details about these, and for any other information about Irish Set Dancing in Canberra, please contact Christine 0413 168 562 or isdcanberra at gmail dot com.

October Dance Weekend

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Friday 6 - Sunday 8 October 2017, 13th annual dance weekend

A fun weekend of workshops with experienced teachers and ceilis with live music
Suitable for both new and experienced dancers

Hall Pavilion, Gladstone St (Showground), Hall ACT 2618

Saturday and Sunday workshops with talented teachers:

James & Sally Garner (NSW)
Liz Carter & Kate Crowley (NSW)
Paul Wayper (ACT)

Dance to great music by the popular Jimmy Mullarkey Ceili Band at all three ceilis

Online booking available from 1 June 2017 and there is a 10% discount on bookings made by 31 August 2017 (fully refundable if you are unable to attend)

$85 for the full weekend workshops and 3 live music ceilis
$20 Friday night ceili
$30 Saturday workshops
$20 Saturday night ceili
$30 Sunday workshops and afternoon ceili
And don't forget our famous morning teas and evening suppers are included

Under 18 and full-time students half-price

Get ready to join in the fun! Keep an eye on our website for updates and a full program in coming months

Contact us at isdcanberra at gmail dot com

Below is a photo from last year's event. Mr Graham Hartnett, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Ireland, officially opened the weekend at the Saturday evening gala ceili (centre with his young daughter)


Irish Set Dancing Ceilis

We traditionally run a 'mini-ceili' on the last Wednesday of Terms 1, 2 and 3, giving dancers the opportunity to enjoy favourite sets with minimal teaching and walk-throughs.

  • Wednesday 5 April
  • Wednesday 28 June
  • Wednesday 22 September

The last week of Term 4, Wednesday 13 December, is a Christmas party/deck dance.

Deck Dances

Do you have a large deck we could dance on? We have a tradition of social dancing at a host's home (deck) a couple of times during the year for around 2-3 hours. The host provides the deck and attendees are asked to contribute towards refreshments.

What to bring

The recommended footwear is shoes with leather or hard 'slippery' soles that allow easy movement of the feet. Irish Set Dancing has a 'gliding' step where the feet brush the ground and 'swings' with a partner where dancers keep one foot on the floor while pushing around with the other. Wearing running shoes or shoes that 'grab' the floor will put a lot of pressure on knees and make dancing a lot more difficult. Feel free to come along to the first session in whatever you have, as we can demonstrate the many styles of footwear that suit. Please don't bring tap shoes or shoes with metal soles as they may damage the floor.

Most people choose to wear casual clothing with room to move. In colder weather, layered clothing is useful as dancing is great exercise, making us warm whatever the weather.

Please don't wear perfume/after shave. It may impact on the enjoyment of others, especially those who may experience allergies.

While Irish Set Dancing is done in couples, you don't need to have a partner in order to come along! We regularly swap people around so that people get a chance to dance with many experienced dancers. We've found that this is the best way for new dancers to learn set dancing.


For further information on Irish Set Dancing in Canberra see

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