Irish Square Set Dance

The traditional 4 couple set (quadrille) square sets for social dancing.  Swinging as couples or in 4s and even with 8 people! polka around the set, squaring through, chains, weaving, stars, wheels, gates, line-ups, slide and change, quarter house ..... just to name a few moves - all danced to Irish jigs, reels, polkas, slides, hornpipes and flings!!!

This is FUN ! - and you probably have never come across it unless you have been on holiday in the West of Ireland.  It will keep both your body and mind fit too!

Ring Jill for more details 07515 904 707 or just turn up at Falfield Village Hall (near Thornbury and by J14 of M5) on Monday evenings 7.30pm - 9.30pm (£8) or North Weston Village Hall (Portishead) on Thursday mornings 10am-12 noon.  See below for hall details.

Set dancing is NOT Irish step dancing as in Riverdance.  This is a fun, low impact Irish dance style, somewhat akin to American square dancing and is danced to Irish jigs, reels, polkas, slides, and hornpipes.  Dancers derive a great aerobic benefit and enjoyment from the dancing.  It is sociable and fun!   

At the classes you will learn the basic steps, moves and terminology.  You don't need to bring a partner as you can dance with different people throughout the evening, but if people do come with a partner with whom they wish to dance, that is fine too.  

The workshops and dances are pay as you go,
so no one pays for a class that they find they can't attend.  

 

 Our Monday evening classes and dances are held at Falfield Village Hall which is conveniently situated just off junction 14 of the M5, on the A38 north of Thornbury.  It has a large car park and a superb wooden floor perfect for dancing. 

Our Thursday morning classes are held at North Weston Village Hall, Portishead - just 5 minutes drive from junction19 of the M5 and within 30 minutes drive from north and west Bristol and Weston Super Mare.   There is a car park opposite the hall and the wooden floor is excellent for dancing - details below.  

Please Come and Join Us - You will definitely have fun!!

Falfield Village Hall GL12 8DH is on the A38 a couple of miles North of Thornbury and just off M5 junction 14 - so very easy to get to within half an hour from a wide geographical area.  It is situated on the same side of the road as the Hunstsman Inn just a few hundred yards north of the pub and just before the traffic lights.

The hall has a wonderful wooden floor for dancing and a good sized car park.

 

North Weston Village Hall BS20 6TB is also close to M5 junctions 19 (Portishead) and 20 (Clevedon).  The hall is situated on the left hand side as you come from Clevedon and is just before the zebra crossing.  The car park is opposite the hall - turn right just after the zebra crssing.  The hall also has a wooden floor.

There are lots of other opportunities to come and dance in the South West.  There are clubs in Bristol, Somerset and Devon running weekly dances and special ceilis.   If you would like to be on a mailing list to keep you updated please e mail jillyelliot@gmail.com

 

Once a month from October to April there is a day of dance at the Chipping Hall, Wotton Under Edge where the Perfect Cure Band play for the afternoon ceili from 2pm-5.30pm

 

There is a special weekend of dance organised by Sharon and Mick Carr on Friday 10th - Sunday 12th May 2019 when Ger Butler, dance master from Ireland, will be running a series of workshops.  There will be evening ceilis on Friday and Saturday nights and one on Sunday afternoon with The Perfect Cure Band.

 

The Perfect Cure will also be playing at Chippenham Folk Festival during the late May bank holiday weekend Saturday 25th - Monday 27th May, 2019

Sidmouth Folk Festival - Saturday 3rd August- Thursday 8th August 2019