Irish Set Dancing


Check back in early July 2021 for an update.

The following is general information about ISD classes, assuming we are able to resume later in 2021:

Interested in learning to dance? Do you enjoy socialising with people who love to dance? Want to have fun while getting great exercise?

ALL are very welcome to Irish Set Dancing on Wednesday evenings.
Suitable for adults of all ages. No experience or partner necessary. All dances are taught and called. First two classes are FREE.

If you want to see how much fun it is, and hear how great the music is, have a look at Irish Set Dancing on youtube.

North Canberra Baptist Church Hall, 17 Condamine St Turner. – Location map
7:30PM to 9:30PM WEDNESDAY EVENINGS during ACT School terms

Tentative dates for 2021:

Term 1: 3 February – 31 March

Term 2: 21 April – 23 June

Term 3: 14 July – 15 September
Subject to confirmation in early July 2021

Term 4: 6 October – 15 December
Subject to confirmation

MFS Members $8 / Non-MFS $9
10 week pass available at a discounted rate: $70 MFS / $80 Non-MFS
First two classes are FREE.

Contact Christine 0413 168 562 or


October Dance Weekend

In an ‘ordinary’ year, the Irish Set Dancing Group hosts an annual dance weekend that attracts over 100 people from around Australia and, on occasion, from Ireland. You are guaranteed a fun-filled weekend of workshops with experienced teachers and three ceilis dancing to live music. You can come along to the whole weekend or selected sessions.

The event was not held in 2020 due to Covid-19.

‘Pencil-in’ the dates below for 2021 (subject to confirmation later in the year), and watch this space for details about the proposed 16th annual dance weekend, Friday 8 October – Sunday 10 October 2021.


Irish Set Dancing Ceilis

We traditionally run a ‘mini-ceili’ on the last Wednesday of Terms 1, 2 and 3, giving dancers the opportunity to enjoy favourite sets with minimal teaching and walk-throughs.

Tentative dates for 2021 (subject to confirmation) are:

  • Wednesday 31 March

  • Wednesday 23 June

  • Wednesday 15 September

The last week of Term 4, Wednesday 15 December 2021, is a Christmas party and mini-ceili.


Deck Dances

Our tradition of social dancing at a host’s home (deck) a couple of times during the year is postponed until further notice due to Covid-19.


What to bring

The recommended footwear is shoes with leather or hard ‘slippery’ soles that allow easy movement of the feet. Irish Set Dancing has a ‘gliding’ step where the feet brush the ground and ‘swings’ with a partner where dancers keep one foot on the floor while pushing around with the other. Wearing running shoes or shoes that ‘grab’ the floor will put a lot of pressure on knees and make dancing a lot more difficult. Feel free to come along to the first session in whatever you have, as we can demonstrate the many styles of footwear that suit. Please don’t bring tap shoes or shoes with metal soles as they may damage the floor.

Most people choose to wear casual clothing with room to move. In colder weather, layered clothing is useful as dancing is great exercise, making us warm whatever the weather.

Please don’t wear perfume/after shave. It may impact on the enjoyment of others, especially those who may experience allergies.

While Irish Set Dancing is done in couples, you don’t need to have a partner in order to come along! We regularly swap people around so that people get a chance to dance with many experienced dancers. We’ve found that this is the best way for new dancers to learn set dancing.



For further information on Irish Set Dancing in Canberra see

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