Cari Buzia + Aon Celtic ArtNewcastle Irish Set Dancers

…run fun 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

for Newcastle Irish Set Dancers

The Tuesday class will resume on 4th July.

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? Visit our special page giving Handy Hints for Beginners

News

  • We had a great combined ceili hosted by the Central Coast and our dance group at the CWA Hall in Long Jetty. It featured fantastic music by the the new Lakes Ceili Band under the direction of Ian Hayden with support from local musicians and strong assistance from Sydney musicians.
  • Several Irish Set dance workshops were held at the Bundanoon DanceFest weekend on the Queen's Birthday weekend (mid-June), along with a whole host workshops in other dance genres. Arthur ran a workshop for the Ardcar Set with Ian Hayden leading the musicians.
  • Julia & Arthur danced at the Gaelic Club Ceili in Sydney recently. Des & Elaine Jackson (author of the Antrim Square Set) had come from Brisbane, there were two dancers from Melbourne, and quite a few from Canberra.
  • A new 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!

Coming Events

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

Next Class - 30 May

Merchant Set

Charlestown Set

Corofin Set


We'll be taking a break for June, then resuming back on 4th July.

Other Events...

Tues, 7:15-9:15pm ** Newcastle Irish Set Dancers.
Regular class at The Place, Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown Shopping Centre.
Fri-Sun, 16-18 June ** Melbourne Comhaltas Set Dance Weekend with Margaret & Bill Winnett - more info Mary McBride . <http://melbournecomhaltas.org/>
Sun, 18 June, 4-6pm Irish Music Session (3rd Sunday of each month): Hotel Bennett, (cnr. Steel & Denison Rds, Hamilton). Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or .
Sun, 2nd July, 3-6pm Traditional Irish Session (1st Sunday of each month): Lake Macquarie Hotel (opposite Morisset Railway Station). Contact Gabriele or Sharyn M: 0418146555 or M: 0418146554 or .
Sun, 16 July, 4-6pm Irish Music Session (3rd Sunday of each month): Hotel Bennett, (cnr. Steel & Denison Rds, Hamilton). Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or .
Sat, 19 Aug - night ** INA Ceili at the Gaelic Club, Surry Hills (Sydney). Also 28 October.
Sat, 9 Sep - night ** The Harp Dancers Ceili at the Gaelic Club, Surry Hills (Sydney). Also 2 December.
Fri-Sun, 15-17 Sep ** The Turning Wave Festival, Yass - more info
Fri-Sun, 7-9 Oct ** Canberra Set Dance Weekend - more info Christine Briton .

Note: events with ** 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 daned at the occasional ceili.

More Information

Irish Set Dance Instructions

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.