Cari Buzia + Aon Celtic ArtNewcastle Irish Set Dancers

…run fun classes in Irish Set dancing - the social dancing of the Irish. The group is located in Newcastle, New South Wales (Australia) and is part of the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club. Classes are held at The Place - Charlestown Community Centre & are generously supported by the Community Centre.

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News

Greetings for 2017! We had a really good turnout for our first class last Tuesday at The Place (Charlestown Community Centre). In case you hadn't heard we've managed to reduce class fees for the new year: $5 for Newcastle & Hunter Valley Folk Club members or $6 for others. The differential is in recognition that our public liability insurance cover is provided by the Folk Club. We encourage all regular attendees to join the Folk Club.

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Late last year we had a great ceili with the Irish Set Dancers from the Central Coast at their venue in Long Jetty. Ian Hayden organised friends (Jackie Luke, Greg Wilson & John Houston and Morisset session musicians) to play really energetic traditional Irish music. Maureen, Julia & Arthur gave us a program of well known sets (at least locally).

Local contributions to the Irish Set Dance community

There are two new Irish Sets directly connected to our local group. A set that is becoming increasingly popular is the Charlestown Set written by Julia Smith. For a few years a “New Irish Set Dances” competition was integrated with the “Sweets of May” festival in Tralee, Ireland. In 2013 James Garner (a young former member of the Newcastle Irish Set Dancers, but now resident in Sydney) entered his Hunter Valley Set and Julia Smith entered her Charlestown Set. James’ set won the competition and Julia’s set placed second - ahead of all the other sets by native Irish composers! So, we have two sets dedicated to our local group - both having won international recognition, and more specifically recognition in Ireland!

Coming Events

Regular classes for Newcastle Irish Set Dancers
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.

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 - 14 February @ The Place

The Cross of the Commons Set (written by Joan Pollard Carew)

Metal Bridge Lancers Set (written by Pat Murphy)

Stay tuned for other sets…

Previous Class - 7 February

The Cross of the Commons Set (written by Joan Pollard Carew) Metal Bridge Lancers Set (written by Pat Murphy) - we did only the first figure with a little mis-reading of the instructions making the walkthrough just a little haphazard!

Tues, 14 Feb, 2017
    7:15-9:15pm
** Newcastle Irish Set Dancers.
Regular class at The Place, Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown Shopping Centre.
Sun, 19 Feb, 4-6 pm Irish Music Session (3rd Sunday of each month): Hotel Bennett, (cnr. Steel & Denison Rds, Hamilton). Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or .
Sun, 5th Mar, 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 .
Sat, 18 Mar - afternoon Morisset St. Pat's Ceili, Lake Macquarie Hotel (opposite Morisset Railway Station). Contact Gabriele or Sharyn M: 0418146555 or M: 0418146554 or .
Sat, 25 Mar - night ** INA Ceili at the Gaelic Club, Surry Hills (Sydney). Also 12 August & 28 October.
Sat, 27 May - night ** The Harp Dancers Ceili at the Gaelic Club, Surry Hills (Sydney). Also 9 September & 2 December.
Fri-Sun, 16-18 June ** Melbourne Comhaltas Set Dance Weekend with Margaret & Bill Winnett - more info Mary McBride . <http://melbournecomhaltas.org/>
Fri-Sun, ?? Sep The Turning Wave Festival, Yass.
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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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.