Irish Set Dancing

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

Term 1: 6 February – 10 April
Term 2: 1 May – 3 July
Term 3: 24 July – 25 September
Term 4: 16 October – 18 December

FREE beginners/refresher classes are run on selected Wednesdays at 7pm prior to the regular class.

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

Contact Christine 0413 168 562 or isdcanberra@gmail.com

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October Dance Weekend

The 14th annual Canberra dance weekend (12-14 October 2018) was a fantastic weekend of workshops featuring Irish dancing master, Maureen Culleton, from County Laois, plus three ceilis with live music by the Jimmy Mullarkey Ceili Band. Over 130 people attended from the ACT, NSW, Vic, Qld, SA and of course, Ireland.

Photos courtesy of MelbourneCeiliCamera

The next annual dance weekend will be held on Friday 11 – Sunday 13 October 2019.
Suitable for both new and experienced dancers.

Watch this space for details coming in 2019.

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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.

  • Wednesday 10 April
  • Wednesday 3 July
  • Wednesday 25 September

The last week of Term 4, Wednesday 18 December, is a Christmas party and dance.

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Deck Dances

Do you have a large deck we could dance on? We have a tradition of social dancing at a host’s home (deck) a couple of times during the year for around 2-3 hours. The host provides the deck and attendees are asked to contribute towards refreshments.

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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.

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References

For further information on Irish Set Dancing in Canberra see http://www.mabula.net/setdancing/

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