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Irish Set Dancing and Sean Nós Classes: Lessons in Dublin City, North and SouthWeekly Irish Set Dancing and Sean Nós classes in Dublin City. Everyone welcome, no experience needed. It's really great fun, good exercise and a great way to socalise.
We're on Summer break right now. Classes typically run from the second week of September each year, until the end of May the following year. During the Summer months, many of the class participants meet up at one or other of the many great festivals in various locations around the country.
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Beginners and experienced dancers welcome at all classes. We love to introduce new people to the set dances which have been danced in Ireland for generations - people who never danced before are especially welcome. Go on, give it a try! If you still need convincing, click here to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page
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Set Dancing and Sean Nós Classes in Dublin, Ireland:
If you are visiting Dublin, from abroad, or from elsewhere in Ireland, you are very welcome to join us, even if it's only for a single night. It's a completely different experience when you participate, as compared to being a spectator. The class provides a relaxed and friendly environment in which to enjoy the fun of Irish set dancing. The class runs each year from around the second week in September until the last week in May the following year. Come along and give it a try - note that the taking of photographs or video is not allowed during class.
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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 as around St. Patrick's Day.
About our Set Dancing and Sean Nós Classes:
This website is about Set Dancing and Sean Nos classes which take place in Dublin, Ireland. A "set" typically consists of 4 couples, facing each other in a square, whereas Sean Nós is a solo dance, where typically one person takes to the floor to "throw a step". In times past in Ireland, the sets and half-sets were danced in the country farmhouses when neighbours gathered together at harvest time, "American wakes", "joins", or for no reason at all, other than the urge to play music and dance. While house dances still take place in some parts of Ireland, the majority of set dancing and ceili dancing is now done in halls at regular monthly ceilis, festivals and annual local gatherings.
The set dancing classes described in these pages focus on dancing for fun and enjoyment. We are not involved with competition dancing or performance dancing, we dance just for our own enjoyment and it really is great fun!
You don't need a partner to join in, most people come along on their own, but if you can convince others to come along with you, so much the better, the more the merrier!
You are very welcome to join us any time you are available, you will be made very welcome and we guarantee a good night's craic!
Throughout the year, the figures (movements), timing and steps of the popular sets are explained and practised. While experienced dancers are very welcome, no prior knowledge of set dancing is assumed.
The class is mainly about set dancing, but, for those that are interested, we also cover solo dancing / Sean Nós and, at some stage during the year, we do a few ceili and two-hand dances.
Set dancing is really great fun, good exercise and a great way to meet people. The lessons cater 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:
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Cameras & Phones:It is not allowed to take photographs or video during class - we aim to provide a comfortable environment in which to learn Irish Set Dancing and taking photos or video would be an intrusion. Anyone wanting to take a momento photo, please say so and we will invite people who wish to be in the photo to assemble during break time, or at the end of class.
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.
Ceili:The word "ceili" has many meanings, for example:
Note that in the Irish language, there would be a fada in the word "ceili" and it would not be considered gramatically incorrect to add "ing" or "ers" at the end, to form "ceiliing" or "ceiliers", but, while these words might not be in Irish grammer books, that's how it's actually spoken in many parts or Ireland. In times past, in ceiling houses around the Irish countryside, youngsters would be told to "get the milking done before the ceiliers arrive". As darkness fell, the neighbouring men would gather around the fire and tell stories, or in Winter time, play a game of 25, or, if there were a lot of players, perhaps a game of partners, with lots of nods and winks! There was no formality, they came in their working clothes, lifted the latch without knocking and came straight in to sit around the open hearth fire. Even if everyone was out doing farm work and there was no one home, they would still gather around the fireplace, in the absence of anyone belonging to the house. In effect, a ceiliing house was considered as a sort of communal space, where regulars felt totally at home.
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, 16th August 2018. But, if you have read everything on this website, including:
and you still do not have enough information to make a decision on whether or not to come along, then it seems that 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 to class any night and we will answer your questions then.
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