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Irish Set dancing classes - the social dancing of the Irish. Come and join the craic!

Newcastle Irish Set Dancers hold classes 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

Cancelled until further notice due to NSW Government restrictions = safe distancing, non-contact, etc.
Every Tuesday from 7:15-9:15 pm
The Place - Charlestown Community Centre – cnr Frederick & Ferris Sts, Charlestown.
Downloadable map (PDF) showing how to get to our venue.
$5 for members of the Newcastle & Hunter Valley Folk Club / $6 for non-members.
More information about timing of the class and costs.

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


Session – Sunday, 13 September (Lambton Park Rotunda) – 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 .
Weekly Irish Set Dancing classes cancelled until further notice!
We have classes every week from the start of February through to mid December (with the exception of the Tuesday immediately following Easter).
The Charlestown Set – dedicated to our local danc group, written by Julia Smith and danced internationally. YouTubSee from the Association Ceili 7 en Vienne: The Charlestown Set.

Local contributions to the Irish Set Dance community

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Two Irish Set dances have been created directly connected to our local group:

  • The Charlestown Set was written by our own 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.

Contact details

For more information choose 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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