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Set Dancing Classes:When/Where?
Tuesdays: Dublin South
The Thatch Function Room
The Glenside, Landscape Road
Churchtown, Dublin 14
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Wednesdays: Dublin North
The Edmund Hall, Marino Institute of Education
Charlemont, Griffith Avenue,
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Thursdays: Sligo Town Centre
The Lissadell Function Room
Sligo City Hotel
Quay Street, Sligo
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The set dancing class starts at 8pm. However, for the half-hour beforehand, i.e. from 7:30pm - 8pm, we do a bit of Sean Nos solo dancing. If you can make it along in time for the Sean Nos part, great, if not, no problem, just come along for 8 and you won't be at any disadvantage.
From time-to-time, we occasionally have a night of ceili and two-hand dances instead of set dancing. Ceili dances, such as The Siege of Ennis and The Walls of Limerick and two-hand dances such as Shoe the Donkey and The Stack of Barley are very popular at weddings and other family gatherings and whenever we want to celebrate our Irishness, such at St. Patrick's Day festivities.
Scroll down for general details about all three nights, or click above for directions and details about a specific night.
Partner not required, no need to book, just come along - the majority of people who attend these classes come along on their own, but if you can convince others to join you, so much the better, the more the merrier!
Everyone Welcome! Learn/practise the steps, figures & time of the popular sets and enjoy the fun of the ceili. Guaranteed fun!
If you are within reach of one of our classes, whether you live permanently in Ireland, or are visiting from abroad, you are very welcome to join us any night that you are available - you will be made very welcome and we guarantee a good night's craic!
Set dancing has become very popular in recent years - it's great fun, good exercise and a great way to meet people. The class caters for both experienced dancers and beginners and you can join in at any stage. It is not necessary to have a partner, but couples may of course dance together if they wish.
The class provides detailed instructions on the steps, figures and timing for the popular sets and there is ample opportunity for participants to put into practice what has been learned in class. The main emphasis is on dancing for enjoyment and many of the class participants meet up at ceili and festival events throughout the year.
Beginners and experienced dancers are welcome at any time.
It is not necessary to book in advance, just come along.
Clothing and Shoes:No special clothing is required, just wear whatever you are comfortable in. Although leather-soled shoes are easiest to dance in, your choice of footwear is totally up to you. You don't need special shoes, but if you do decide to invest, make sure not to get "noisy" ones, such as the ones sold for tap dancing, hard-shoe, and other types of solo dance. Whereas solo dancing shoes may have "metalwork" on the heels, toes, and/or soles, set dancing shoes do not require any metal at all on the heels, toes, or sole.
Class Outline:The aim of the class is to teach the steps, figures and timing for the popular sets, such that dancers who attend regularly will be able to dance a set, without calling.
The content of the class could be roughly broken broken down as follows:
Sets:The aim of the class is to cover the figures, steps and timing for the popular sets which are commonly danced at ceili events throughout Ireland, such as:
Other Dances:While the emphasis is on the popular set dances, other types of Irish dancing will also be covered at some stage during the year, including:
Sean Nos Step Dancing
The emphasis is on dancing for enjoyment and many of the class participants meet up regularly at local ceili events and at festivals at home and abroad.
Above all else, the primary objective is to have fun!
Why not give it a try by coming along any night at 8 pm - you will be very welcome.
Visiting Ireland:If you are visiting Ireland, you are very welcome to join us, even if it is only for a single night. The class provides a relaxed and friendly environment in which to enjoy the fun of Irish set dancing. The class runs each year from the second week in September until the last week in May the following year.
Cameras & Phones:We would prefer if you left your cameras and video at home and, unless you are expecting an urgent call, we'd prefer if you switched off your mobile phone, or put it on silent, during class. Anyone wanting to take a memento photo, please say so and we will invite people who wish to be in the photo to assemble during break time.
Armada Set Dance Week & Willie Clancy Summer School:
In early July each year, the highlight of the set dancing calendar takes place place in Miltown Malbay and Spanish Point, Co. Clare. The annual Willie Clancy Summer School and Armada Set Dance Week take place in parallel, within a few miles of each other.
The Willie Clancy Summer School starts on the first Saturday in July each year and runs for 8-10 days until the end of the following weekend, or longer, until all the musicians and dancers have finally worn themselves out and gone home!
Willie Clancy Summer School Start Dates:
2014: Saturday, 5th July 2014
2015: Saturday, 4th July 2015
2016: Saturday, 2nd July 2016
The Armada Set Dance Week starts on the Friday night, i.e. the night before each of the above dates.
More Information:Well, there isn't really any more information. The aim of this website is to give you all the information you would need in order to make a decision about coming along to give it a try - any other questions you might have can be answered face-to-face in class. We've added everything we can think of and the website is up to date as of today, 31st October 2014. But, if you have read everything on this website and you still don't have enough information to make a decision on whether or not to come along, then we have forgotten something. In this case, please click here to contact us and we will get back to you by email as soon as possible. Please do not telephone the venue, as venue staff have no details about the set dancing classes. If you do not have access to email, please come along any night at 8 pm and we will answer your questions then.
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