Newcastle Irish Set

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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

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? Have a look at our Handy Hints for Beginners


  • 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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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).

Sets from last class…

Corballa Set (written by Ger Butler)

Merchant Set

Other Events...

Tues, 7:15-9:15pm ** Newcastle Irish Set Dancers
Regular class at The Place, Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown Shopping Centre.
Sun, 4 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, 17 March ** St Patrick's Day Ceili – Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers at Kingsgrove Uniting Church Hall [Cnr Kingsgrove Rd & Moreton Ave] (Sydney) with the Coast Ceili Band. Admission $15. Contact Margaret 0419 334 335.
Sun, 18 March
St.Patrick's Day Ceili: Lake Macquarie Hotel (opposite Morisset Railway Station). Local performers: Dance demonstrations, concert pieces, singing, … Contact Gabriele M: 0418146555 or / Sharyn or M: 0418146554.
Sun, 18 Mar, 4-6pm Irish Music Session (3rd Sunday of each month): Hotel Bennett, (cnr. Steel & Denison Rds, Hamilton). Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or .
29 March-2 April National Folk Festival
For more information on Performers, festival ticketing, venues, etc. please visit the website.
27-29 April ** Comhaltas Melbourne - Set Dance Weekend with special guest instructor Pat Murphy. Ceili music with the Melbourne Comhaltas Band. Contact Mary McBride 03 9435 4435 or Johanna O'Reilly 0428 564 266 .
Sat, 26 May Sydney Irish Set Dance ceilis for 2018…
26 May, 25 August, 22 September, 27 October and 1 December
12-14 October ** Canberra Irish Set Dancing Weekend featuring Pat Murphy, Set Dance Master from Ireland.

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: <>

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