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Irish Set Dancing Evening Classes: Lessons in Dublin City (North, Centre and South)
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Everyone welcome, no experience needed, partner not required.
Mondays: Dublin City Centre
Methodist Centenary Church
near Dublin City Centre
Map coordinates: 53.329303,-6.252218
New Term Starting: Mon 13th Apr 2015 at 8:30pm
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Wesley House is on the South side of Dublin City Centre and is within easy reach of St. Stephen's Green, Ranelagh, Rathmines, Donnybrook, Ballsbridge, Mountpleasant, Earlsfort Terrace, Leeson Street, Harcourt Street, Appian Way, Herbert Park, Baggot Street, Grafton Street, Trinity College and surrounding areas.
Tuesdays: Dublin South
Our Lady's National School,
St Columbanus Road,
Map coordinates: 53.301883,-6.249976
New Term Starting: Tue 14th Apr 2015 at 8pm (steps from 7:30)
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Windy Arbour, Milltown is in South Dublin, within easy reach of Churchtown, Rathfarnham, Templeogue, Nutgrove, Dundrum, Ballinteer, Goatstown, Clonskeagh, Dartry, Rathmines, Mount Merrion, Stillorgan, Kilmacud and surrounding areas.
Wednesdays: Dublin North
The Edmund Hall, Marino Institute of Education
Charlemont, Griffith Avenue,
Drumcondra, Dublin City North
Map coordinates: 53.373458,-6.234215
New Term Starting: Wed 15th Apr 2015 at 8pm (steps from 7:30)
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Griffith Avenue is on the North side of Dublin City, within easy reach of Marino, Drumcondra, Whitehall, Clontarf, Raheny, Coolock, Glasnevin, Beaumont, Phibsborough, Dublin City Centre and surrounding areas.
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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.
Set Dancing and Sean Nos Classes:
This website is mainly about Set Dancing and Sean Nos dancing. A "set" typically consists of 4 couples, facing each other in a square, whereas Sean Nos 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!
The class is mainly about set dancing, but, for those that are interested, we also cover a bit of solo dancing / Sean Nos 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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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 momento photo, please say so and we will invite people who wish to be in the photo to assemble during break time.
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 correct 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, 1st April 2015. 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 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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