Cari Buzia + Aon Celtic ArtNewcastle Irish Set Dancers

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

Unfortunately we’ll have several regulars away next Tuesday, so we’re cancelling the class scheduled for Tuesday, 19th September. We’ll be back again on Tuesday, 26th September.

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

  • 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).

Class cancelled for Tuesday, 19th September…
We’ll be back again on Tuesday, 26th September.

Sets from last class…

Ardcar Set

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

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, 15-17 Sep ** The Turning Wave Festival, Yass - more info
Sun, 17 Sep, 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, 1 Oct, 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 .
Fri-Sun, 7-9 Oct ** Canberra Set Dance Weekend - more info Christine Briton .
Sun, 16 Oct, 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, 28 Oct - night ** INA Ceili at the Gaelic Club, Surry Hills (Sydney).
Sun, 6 Nov, 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, 2 Dec - night ** The Harp Dancers Ceili at the Gaelic Club, Surry Hills (Sydney).
29 March-2 April 2018 National Folk Festival
Get in early to secure your tickets at the best possible price. Take advantage of the Early Bird 1 (EB1) 30% discount off the full gate price and purchase your Adult Season ticket for $266.00 or an Adult Season + Camping ticket for $358.00. Concession, youth and child rates are also available. These tickets are available for sale until 11.59pm Thursday 31 August, 2017. For more information on Festival ticketing please visit the website.

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.