Irish Set Dancing

Weekly Irish Set Dancing classes in 2018

All welcome – no partner necessary

  • Term 1: 7 February – 11 April
  • Term 2: 2 May – 4 July
  • Term 3: 25 July – 26 September
  • Term 4: 17 October – 19 December

Classes run from 7:30PM to 9:30PM WEDNESDAY EVENINGS.
North Canberra Baptist Church Hall, 17 Condamine St Turner. – Location map

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

The last class of Terms 1, 2 and 3 is a ‘mini-ceili‘, where the night is given to dancing rather than teaching. The last class of Term 4 is the group’s Christmas party and dance.

FREE beginners/refresher classes are run on selected Wednesday evenings prior to the regular class.

For details about these, and for any other information about Irish Set Dancing in Canberra, please contact Christine 0413 168 562 or


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.


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 11 April
  • Wednesday 4 July
  • Wednesday 26 September

The last week of Term 4, Wednesday 19 December, is a Christmas party and dance.


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.


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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