Newcastle Irish Set

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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.

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


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

  • A St. Patrick's weekend celebration is being organised by O'Murray's Irish Bar and Restaurant in Morisset. Newcastle Irish Set Dancers are combining with our friends from the Central Coast to dance a number of figures of Irish Set Dancing on Saturday afternoon.
  • 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:

Plain Set

Camp Set (West Kerry)

Claddagh Set

Other Events...

Dance Event Newcastle Irish Set Dancers
Regular class at The Place, Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown Shopping Centre.
Sun, 7 April 3-6pm Traditional Irish Session (1st Sunday each month): Lake Macquarie Hotel (opposite Morisset Railway Station). Contact Gabriele or Sharyn
18-22 April National Folk Festival – Exhibition Park, Canberra. Website …opens in a new window!.
Fri, 3 May – Sun, 5 May Dance EventComhaltas Melbourne Set Dancing Weekend – St Martin de Porres Hall / 155 Military Rd, Avondale Heights, Vic. Special Guest instructors: Paul Carr (Canberra) and Trish McGrath (Sydney).
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Contact: Mary McBride (03) 9435 4435 or Johanna O'Reilly 0428 564 266
Fri-Mon, 7-10 June Bundanoon Dancefest. Mixed dancing all workshops and evening dances with live music. Will probably include Irish Set Dancing. More information from the Bush Traditions …opens in a new window!website.
Sun, 16 June, 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. Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or .
October 2019 Dance EventCanberra Irish Set Dancing Weekend. Hall Pavilion, Gladstone Street (Hall Showground), Hall,  ACT. For more information visit their website …opens in a new window! or
January 2020
Dance Event Trentham Irish Set-Dancing Weekend
Info: Rachel McIntosh: 0430 934 329 or / George Ansell: (03) 9890 5650 or / Mary Reilly: (03) 9499 5965 or …opens in a new window!

Note: events with Dance Event 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). 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 instructions for various Set Dances and a few ceili dances.

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

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