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

Classes have been cancelled due to NSW Government restrictions = safe distancing, non-contact, etc.

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

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The following events are subject to the then current Covid-19 circumstances. Hopefully, most people will have been vaccinated by the latter part of the year.

Friday, 8 October – Sunday, 10 October 2021 16th annual Irish Set Dancing weekend – Hall Pavilion, Gladstone St (Showground), Hall ACT 2618. If you wish to be on the mailing list for this event, please
Visit their website for more information.

Due to the ongoing uncertainties around current outbreaks of Covid, the Canberra ISD Group is unable to go ahead with an October Irish Set Dancing Weekend this year
Saturday, 4 December 2021 Christmas Ceili (Sydney) with music by Jimmy Mullarkey & Friends Ceili Band.
More information
Friday, 14 January – Sunday, 16 January 2022 Trentham Irish Set Dancing WeekendMelbourne Claddagh Dancers
Friday night meet & greet with informal set dancing + Saturday & Sunday Set Dance Workshops + Two live music ceilis.
Info: Rachel McIntosh – 0430 934 329 – / George Ansell – 03 9890 5650 – / Mary Reilly – 03 9499 5965 –

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 internationally at workshops and danced at the occasional ceili.
  • The Red Socks Set (aka The Lake Macquarie Half Set) is a 5-figure half set written by Arthur Kingsland, but is still a work in progress. The first 4 figures were refined with our dancers, but more work is still required for the final figure danced to waltzes.

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