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Newcastle Irish Set Dancers conduct 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.

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No class on the Tuesday immediately following Easter, i.e. Tuesday, 7th April.

  • We celebrated St. Patrick's Day recently, adjourning to the Mattara Hotel after our normal class.
  • Julia & Philip hosted a great St.Patrick's Day Ceili at Shamrock Hall with a program of dances allowing our newer dancers could join in. We were joined by several dancers from Sydney, including James and Sally Garner (who now dance with the Harp Irish Set Dancers) who gave us a comprehensive battering demonstration and short class with homework to get us going. Later in the evening Bill & Margaret Winnett (directors of the Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers) showed us a wonderful medley of 6 waltzes.
  • We hosted a great Ceili in East Gosford early in February with a good turn up of dancers from Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast. We'll look for another suitable date somewhere in the middle of the year for another round of dancing.

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. We have classes every week from the start of February through to early-mid December (with the exception of the Tuesday immediately following Easter. Downloadable map (PDF) showing how to get to our venue.

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

** Newcastle Irish Set Dancers
. The Place, Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown Shopping Centre.
Fri, 3rd - Mon, 6th Apr The National Folk Festival - Canberra: all sorts of Folk music, dance, poetry, stalls, workshops with international and local performers.
Sun, 5 Apr, 3-6pm Traditional Irish Session (1st Sunday of each month) - Lake Macquarie Hotel (opposite Morriset Railway Station). Contact Gabriele or Sharyn M: 0418146555 or M: 0418146554 or .
Tuesday, 7th No Irish Set Dance class
Sun, 12 Apr, 2-5pm English Country & Contra Class - All Saints Anglican Hall, cnr Oxford & Cromwell Sts, New Lambton. A new class suitable for all. Contact Julia or Arthur (02) 4955 5701
Sun, 19th Apr, 4-7pm Irish Music Session - (3rd Sunday of each month) - Hotel Bennett, (cnr. Steel & Denison Rds, Hamilton). Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or .
Fri, 5 - Mon, 8 Jun Bundanoon Dance Festival - Southern Highlands. Many types of Australian, English, Scottish, Irish, American social dancing. All sessions with live music, and a dress up Ball on Saturday night.
Fri, 18 - Sun, 20 Sep ** The Turning Wave Festival - Yass: Irish and Australian music and dance festival.
Fri, 9 - Sun, 11 Oct ** Set Dance Festival - Canberra.

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