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 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.

More information about timing of the class and costs.

Downloadable map (PDF) showing how to get to our venue.

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

News

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

  • 10/7/19: We've started learning the new half set (currently) called the Lake Macquarie Half Set (or it might be called the Red Socks Half Set).
  • 30/6/19: I've added a video of Emma O'Sullivan demonstrating brush dancing to the Set Dance Instructions and Videos page (see the Stepwork Videos link at the top of that page).
  • A 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!
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Sets from the last class…

We danced the following sets:

Corofin Set

Lake Macquarie Half Set

  • Arthur's new set composed recently while convalescing. Possibly to be named the Red Socks Half Set, in the same manner as some of Pat Murphy's most recent sets. I've made minor changes to the final waltz figure after last night's class. Thanks to class members for testing the dance and suggesting improvements.
  • Arthur's instructions

Other Events...

Tues
7:15-9:15 pm
Dance Event Newcastle Irish Set Dancers
Regular class at The Place, Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown Shopping Centre.
Sun, 11 August
2-6 pm
Traditional Irish Session (2nd Sunday each month): O’Murrays Irish Bar, Bakehouse Lane, Morisset. Contact Gabriele or Sharyn .
Fri, 16 – Sun, 18 August Sydney Folk Festival – 'The Next Generation of Folk'. Includes 2 days of dance - Irish, Scottish, English, Aussie, American contra… Visit the festival's web site! Early Bird discounted rickets available until 30th June.
Sun, 18 August
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, 24 August
7:30-11:30 pm
New Sydney Ball, Berowra Community and Cultural Facility with music by Short Dented Potts. Australian (Colonial and contemporary) and English Country (traditional and modern) & various other styles. More information – Ball website or contact: David Potter 0413 210 789 or .
Sun, 8 September
2-6 pm
Traditional Irish Session (2nd Sunday each month): O’Murrays Irish Bar, Bakehouse Lane, Morisset. Contact Gabriele or Sharyn .
13-15 September Dance Event Irish & Celtic Music Festival Yass, includes Irish dancing. https://irishcelticmusicfestival.weebly.com/ …opens in a new window! https://www.facebook.com/jointhecraicinyass/ Contact Janno Scanes 0429 608 566.
Sun, 15 September
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, 28 September
7:30-11:30 pm
September Ball, Kuringai Town Hall (1186 Pacific Hwy, Pymble) with music by Short Dented Potts. The Sydney English Country Dancers host their Ball. For more details contact David Potter 0413 210 789 or .
Fri, 11 – Sun, 13 October Dance EventCanberra Irish Set Dancing Weekend. Hall Pavilion, Gladstone Street (Hall Showground), Hall, ACT. Teachers: Margaret and Bill Winnett (Syndey) & Matt Harriage (Melbourne). For more information visit the website or
January 2020
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
http://www.melbournecladdaghdancers.com.au/trentham-weekend.html

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.

  • New 17/7/19: Draft instructions for the new Lake Macquarie Half Set.
  • New 30/6/19: Emma O'Sullivan – Brush Dancing

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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      Web: <http://users.tpg.com.au/juliasm/Irish-Dance/>

Newcastle Irish Set Dancers are part of the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club.



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