…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.
New to Irish Set Dancing? Visit our special page giving Handy Hints for Beginners…
Early in October 5 members of our group participated in the annual highlight for Irish Set Dancing in NSW (actually this was in the ACT!), the Canberra Irish Set Dancing weekend. Joan, Philip & Julia, Julia & Arthur attend a weekend with great fun, a relaxed atmosphere, yet excellent organisation. Dancers came from NSW, ACT, Victoria, South Australia and overseas visitors. Teachers were from Victoria (3 very experienced teachers) and from Canberra (actually NSW).
Local Identification with 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!
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. 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).
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Newcastle Irish Set Dancers are part of the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club.