Newcastle Irish Set
              Dancers

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Irish Set dancing classes - the social dancing of the Irish. Come and join the caric!

The group dances at The Place - Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown (Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia). The group is part of the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club. The Place also generously supports the classes.

Regular classes

Every Tuesday from 7:15-9:15 pm at The Place - Charlestown Community Centre, cnr Frederick & Ferris Sts, Charlestown.
Cost: $5 for members of the Newcastle & Hunter Valley Folk Club / $6 for non-members.
Downloadable map (PDF) showing how to get to our venue.

New to Irish Set Dancing? Have a look at our Handy Hints for Beginners

News

We have classes every week from the start of February through to mid December (with the exception of the Tuesday immediately following Easter).

  • For our regular (and occasional) class members we'll be holding a Christmas/End of Year social night at our place on Tuesday, 18th December. Contact us for details.
  • Central Coast & Newcastle Irish Set Dancers held a ceili in Long Jetty with great music by the Lakes Ceili Session Band led by Ian Hayden. We had a great turnout from our Central Coast friends, our won dancers and plenty of Sydney dancers. Callers assisting Arthur were Margaret & Bill Winnett, Kate Middleton & Trish McGrath from Sydney, Maureen Houston from the Central Coast and they all did a great job.
  • A video of the Charlestown Set has appeared on the internet hosted by the Association Ceili 7 en Vienne: YouTube video. …opens in a new window!
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Sets from the last class…

We danced various figures from the following sets:

Ballyvourney Jig Set

Metal Bridge Lancers Set

Other Events...

Tues
7:15-9:15pm
Dance Event Newcastle Irish Set Dancers
Regular class at The Place, Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown Shopping Centre.
Sun, 18 November
3-6pm
Irish Music Session (3rd Sunday each month): Town Hall Hotel, corner Turton Road and Station Street, Waratah. All welcome, free. Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or .
Sat, 1 December
7:30-11:30pm
Dance Event Christmas Ceili – Irish National Association, 64 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills.
Sun, 2 December
3-6pm
Traditional Irish Session (1st Sunday each month): Lake Macquarie Hotel (opposite Morisset Railway Station). Contact Gabriele or Sharyn M: 0418146555 or M: 0418146554 or .
Tues, 11 December
7:15-9:15pm
Dance Event Newcastle Irish Set Dancers last class at The Place for 2018. Next class on first Tuesday in February.
Tues, 18 December
7:30-??pm
Dance Event End of Year Social at Arthur & Julia's place for regular (and occasional) class members. Details will be e-mailed in late November.
Sun, 16 December
3-6pm
Irish Music Session (3rd Sunday each month): Town Hall Hotel, corner Turton Road and Station Street, Waratah. All welcome, free. Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or .
Fri-Sun, 18-20 January 2019 Dance Event Trentham Irish Set-Dancing Weekend. Saturday night Ceili with Paddy Fitzgerald & The Melbourne Ceili Band. Sunday afternoon Ceili with Borderline Kaylee. Workshops with Kirsty & Richard Greenwood, Matt Harriage
& Arthur Kingsland
.
Info: Rachel McIntosh: 0430 934 329 or / George Ansell: 03 9890 5650 or / Mary Reilly: 03 9499 5965 or
http://www.melbournecladdaghdancers.com.au/trentham-weekend.html …opens in a new window!
Tue, 5 February 2019
7:15-9:15pm
Dance EventNewcastle Irish Set Dancers first class at The Place for 2019.
Sat, 16 March 2019
7:30-11pm
Dance Event St Patrick's Eve Ceili – Kingsgrove Uniting Church Hall (enter from Moreton Ave, Kingsgrove). Hosted by the Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers with music by The Coast Ceili Band. Entry $15 – Supper provided. Enquiries to Margaret Winnett 0419 334 335. http://sydneyirishceilidances.com.au/ …opens in a new window!

Note: events with Dance Event on the left are event primarily with Irish Set Dancing. The others have only part (or none) of the event devoted to Irish Set Dancing.
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Local contributions to the Irish Set Dance community

Two Irish Set dances have been created directly connected to our local group:

  • The Charlestown Set was written by Julia Smith and entered into the “New Irish Set Dances” competition conducted at the “Sweets of May” festival in Tralee, Ireland in 2013. This set is becoming increasingly popular, not only in Australia, but also in Ireland and quite a few other countries. For example, there is a YouTube video …opens in a new window! of this set being taught by the Association Ceili 7 en Vienne.
  • The Hunter Valley Set was written by James Garner (a former member of the Newcastle Irish Set Dancers, now resident in Sydney) was also entered in the same “New Irish Set Dances” competition. James’ set won the competition! James' set has also been taught at workshops and danced at the occasional ceili.

More Information

Irish Set Dance Instructions

Newcastle Irish Set Dancers concentrates on dancing sets, but occasionally dances some ceili dances. We have instructions for various Set Dances and a few ceili dances.

Contact details

For more information choose one of the categories below, or contact one of the teachers:
   Arthur Kingsland and Julia Smith
      Telephone: (02) 4955 5701
      Web: <http://users.tpg.com.au/juliasm/Irish-Dance/>

Newcastle Irish Set Dancers are part of the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club.



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