Sets from the last class…
We danced the following sets:
Lough Allen Set
Repertiore of Commonly Danced Sets…
We are trying to build a repertoire of commonly danced sets (well, common for Newcastle at least). We expect to practice at
least one of the following sets each week so we should be able to dance them with a minimal recap: √ Antrim Square Set,
Ballyvourney Jig Set, Cashel Set, Charlestown Set, √ Claddagh Set, √ Clare Lancers Set, √ Corofin Plain Set, √ Mazurka Set,
Merchant Set, √ Plain Set
Newcastle Irish Set Dancers
Regular class at The Place, Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown Shopping Centre.
|Fri-Mon, 7-10 June
||Bundanoon Dancefest. Mixed dancing – all workshops and evening dances with live music. Will include Irish Set
Dancing and Irish couples dancing with Margaret & Bill Winnett. [Arthur will also be running quite challenging
workshops, but they definitely aren't Irish Set Dancing!] More information from the Bush
|Sun, 9 June
|Traditional Irish Session (2nd Sunday each month): O’Murrays Irish Bar, Bakehouse Lane, Morisset.
Contact Gabriele or Sharyn
|Sun, 16 June
|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
||Canberra Irish Set Dancing
Weekend. Hall Pavilion, Gladstone Street (Hall Showground), Hall, ACT. For more information visit their website
| Trentham Irish
Info: Rachel McIntosh: 0430 934 329 or
/ George Ansell: (03) 9890 5650 or
/ Mary Reilly: (03) 9499 5965 or
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 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.
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.
For more information choose one of the categories below, or contact one of the teachers:
and Julia Smith
Newcastle Irish Set Dancers are part of the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club.