Cari Buzia + Aon Celtic ArtNewcastle Irish Set Dancers

…run fun classes in Irish Set dancing - the social dancing of the Irish. The group is located in Newcastle, New South Wales (Australia) and is part of the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club. Classes are held at The Place - Charlestown Community Centre & are generously supported by the Community Centre.

There are two new Irish Set dances directly connected to our local group. A set that is becoming increasingly popular is the Charlestown Set written by Julia Smith

For a few years a “New Irish Set Dances” competition was integrated with the “Sweets of May” festival in Tralee, Ireland. In 2013 James Garner (a young former member of the Newcastle Irish Set Dancers, but now resident in Sydney) entered his Hunter Valley Set and Julia Smith entered her Charlestown Set. James’ set won the competition and Julia’s set placed second - ahead of all the other sets by native Irish composers! So, we have two sets dedicated to our local group - both having won international recognition, and more specifically recognition in Ireland!

New to Irish Set Dancing? Visit our special page giving Handy Hints for Beginners

Next Class - 27 September

T.B.A

Probably some of…
Carrowbeg Set (written by Pat Murphy) Inis Oirr Set (Half Set)

Previous Class - 20 September

Ballyvourney Jig Set (Slides - danced as one continuous dance) Caledonian Set Carrowbeg Set (written by Pat Murphy) - Figures 3 & 5 Inis Oirr Set - Figure 1

Coming Events

Regular classes for Newcastle Irish Set Dancers every Tuesday from 7:15-9:15 pm at The Place - Charlestown Community Centre, cnr Frederick & Ferris Sts, Charlestown. Downloadable map (PDF) showing how to get to our venue.

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


Tuesdays, 7:15-9/9:15pm

** Newcastle Irish Set Dancers
. The Place, Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown Shopping Centre.
Sun, 2nd October, 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 .
Fri-Sun, 7-9 October ** ACT Irish Set Dancing Weekend - Hall Pavilion at Hall Showground, Gladstone Street, Hall,  ACT. Link for more information.…opens in a new window! Contact Christine on (H) 02 6288 6841 or (M) 0413 168 562 or .
Sun, 16th Oct, 4-6 pm Irish Music Session - (3rd Sunday of each month) - Hotel Bennett, (cnr. Steel & Denison Rds, Hamilton). Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or .
Sat, 29th Oct.
** Gaelic Club Ceili - the Irish National Association
Level 1, 64 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010. <info@irishassociation.org.au>
Sun, 6th November, 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 .
Sun, 20th Nov. 4-6 pm Irish Music Session - (3rd Sunday of each month) - Hotel Bennett, (cnr. Steel & Denison Rds, Hamilton). Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or .
Sat, 29th Oct. ** Gaelic Club Ceili - the Irish National Association
Level 1, 64 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010. <info@irishassociation.org.au>

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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More Information on sub-pages:

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: <http://users.tpg.com.au/juliasm/Irish-Dance/>

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