Newcastle Irish Set
              Dancers

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

The group dances 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.

Regular classes

Every Tuesday from 7:15-9:15 pm at The Place - Charlestown Community Centre, cnr Frederick & Ferris Sts, Charlestown.
Cost: $5 for members of the Newcastle & Hunter Valley Folk Club / $6 for non-members.
Downloadable map (PDF) showing how to get to our venue.

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

News

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

  • Many of our class members attended the Canberra Irish Set Dancing Weekend which featured teaching by Maureen Culleton who hails from County Laois.
  • Sad news is that Timmy "The Brit" McCarthy passed away recently. Julia & Arthur enjoyed Timmy's enthusiastic teaching on two occasions at the Willy Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malboy, County Clare. Timmy single-handedly revived Set Dancing as danced in the Cork and Kerry regions through painstaking seeking out the older folk from the region and recording the memories of the sets they danced when much younger. Here's Neilie Dunne's video documenting Timmy's life and passion for the set dances of West Cork and Kerry.
  • A video of the Charlestown Set has appeared on the internet hosted by the Association Ceili 7 en Vienne: YouTube video. …opens in a new window!
  • Instructions added for the Seit Doire Cholmcille have been added to the instructions page [scroll down the list of set dances].

We're hoping to host another ceili with the Lakes Ceili Band later in the year (maybe early or mid November). Stay tuned for more information…

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Sets from the last class…

We danced various figures from the following sets:

Moycullen Set

Fermanagh Set

Other Events...

Tues
7:15-9:15pm
** Newcastle Irish Set Dancers
Regular class at The Place, Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown Shopping Centre.
Sun, 21 October
4pm
Irish Music Session (3rd Sunday each month): Tudor Hotel, 42 Kookaburra Parade, Woodberry, 1km north of Beresfield train station. All welcome, free. Buffet dinner available from about 6.30pm. Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or .
Sat, 27 October
7:30-11:30pm
** Halloween Ceili – Irish National Association, 64 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills. Contact Bill & Margaret Winnett 02 91506765 or .
Sun, 4 November
3-6pm
Traditional Irish Session (1st Sunday each month): Lake Macquarie Hotel (opposite Morisset Railway Station). Contact Gabriele or Sharyn M: 0418146555 or M: 0418146554 or .
Sun, 11 November
2-6pm
** Central Coast & Newcastle Ceili with music by the Lakes Ceili Session Band led by Ian Hayden – Pacific Street, Long Jetty. Free + Afternoon tea supplied. Contact Maureen Houston [0423 208 267 or ] or Julia Smith & Arthur Kingsland [(02) 4955 5701 or .]
Sun, 18 November
4pm
Irish Music Session (3rd Sunday each month): Tudor Hotel, 42 Kookaburra Parade, Woodberry, 1km north of Beresfield train station. All welcome, free. Buffet dinner available from about 6.30pm. Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or .
Sat, 1 December
7:30-11:30pm
** Christmas Ceili – Irish National Association, 64 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills.
Sun, 2 December
3-6pm
Traditional Irish Session (1st Sunday each month): Lake Macquarie Hotel (opposite Morisset Railway Station). Contact Gabriele or Sharyn M: 0418146555 or M: 0418146554 or .
Fri-Sun, 18-20 January 2019 ** Trentham Irish Set-Dancing Weekend. Saturday night Ceili with Paddy Fitzgerald & The Melbourne Ceili Band. Sunday afternoon Ceili with Borderline Kaylee. Workshops with Kirsty & Richard Greenwood, Matt Harriage
& Arthur Kingsland
.
Info: Rachel McIntosh: 0430 934 329 or / George Ansell: 03 9890 5650 or / Mary Reilly: 03 9499 5965 or
http://www.melbournecladdaghdancers.com.au/trentham-weekend.html …opens in a new window!
Sat, 16 March 2019
7:30-11pm
** St Patrick's Eve Ceili – Kingsgrove Uniting Church Hall (enter from Moreton Ave, Kingsgrove). Hosted by the Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers with music by The Coast Ceili Band. Entry $15 – Supper provided. Enquiries to Margaret Winnett 0419 334 335. http://www.sydneyirishceilidances.com.au/ …opens in a new window!

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 …opens in a new window! 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) was also entered in the same “New Irish Set Dances” competition. James’ set won the competition! James' set has also been taught at workshops and daned at the occasional ceili.

More Information

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.



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