Newcastle Irish Set Dancers

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

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.

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Regular classes

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

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


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

  • A video of the Charlestown Set danced by the Association Ceili 7 en Vienne is now available:
    YouTube video. …opens in a new window!
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Sets from the last class…

We danced the following sets:

Ballykeale Set

The South Sligo Lancers Set

Other Events...

7:15-9:15 pm
Set Dance Event! Newcastle Irish Set Dancers
Regular class at The Place, Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown Shopping Centre.
Sun, 17 November
3-6 pm
  Irish Music Session (3rd Sunday of each month): The Town Hall Hotel (Cnr Turton Rd & Station St). Off-street parking via Station St / Close to Waratah Railway Station.  The bistro will be open all afternoon and for dinner.
Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or .
Sat, 30 November
7:30-11:30 pm
Set Dance Event! Irish National Association - End of Year Ceili
   Gaelic Club, Level 1, 64 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills.
   Music: Jimmy Mullarkey
   Tickets: $15 ($10 INA members) – includes light supper
   Info: Trish 02 9580 4865 or .
   Sets: Ballykeale, Cashel, Clare Lancers, Newport, Waltz, South Sligo Lancers, North Kerry, Ballyvourney, Plain.
?? Sun, 8 December
2-6 pm
  Traditional Irish Session (2nd Sunday each month): O’Murrays Irish Bar, Bakehouse Lane, Morisset.
Contact Gabriele or Sharyn .
Tue, 17 December Set Dance Event!  Last night of dancing for 2020. Christmas celebration - contact Julia & Arthur for details.
January 2020 Set Dance Event! Trentham Irish Set-Dancing Weekend (Vic.)
Info: Rachel McIntosh: 0430 934 329 or / George Ansell: (03) 9890 5650 or / Mary Reilly: (03) 9499 5965 or

Note: events with Dance Event on the left are events either primarily with Irish Set Dancing, or a stream of events devoted to Irish Set Dancing (mainly applied to festivals). The other events are either entirely musical occasions, or with only part of the event devoted to Set Dancing.

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 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). It was also entered in the same “New Irish Set Dances” competition and 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 detailed instructions for various Set Dances and a few ceili dances.

Newcastle Irish Set Dancers' Set Dance Instructions and Videos page contains links to instructions and videos available on the Internet for the various sets dances that that we have dance in the last few years.

  • 17/7/19: Draft instructions for the new Lake Macquarie Half Set.
    Still a work in progress, Figure 5 (in particular) still needs some work to suit typical waltz music!

Contact details

For more information choose one of the categories below, or contact one of the teachers:
   Arthur Kingsland and Julia Smith
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Newcastle Irish Set Dancers are part of the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club.

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