Irish Set Dancing


Do not attend if you are unwell, or a person in your house-hold is unwell
Use the Check-in Canberra app
Use hand sanitiser / wash hands
Wear face masks when not 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.

Ask us if you would like a beginners’ class. These are offered on an ad hoc basis 7:00PM to 7:30PM Wednesdays during term.

If you want to see how much fun you can have, and hear how wonderful the music is to dance to, have a look at the many Irish Set Dancing clips on youtube.

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

Dates for 2021:

Term 1: 3 February – 31 March

Term 2: 21 April – 23 June

Term 3: 14 July – 15 September
Suspended 12 August

Term 4: 6 October – 15 December
Resuming on 3 November

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


October Dance Weekend

Unfortunately, due to the uncertainties created by ongoing outbreaks of Covid-19, we have had to cancel this event in 2021.

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.

‘Pencil-in’ the dates below for 2022 and watch this space for details about the proposed 16th annual dance weekend, Friday 7 October – Sunday 9 October 2022.


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.

Dates for 2021:

  • 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.



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