Irish Set Dance

The traditional 4 couple set (quadrille) square sets for social dancing.  Fast swinging in couples or in 4s, 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 one of the following...

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.  

We have live music! - The Perfect Cure Ceili Band

 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!!

Free Taster Sessions - November 2018 - January 2019

 

 

 

 Irish Set Dance workshops and dances in Falfield Village Hall GL12 8DH - north of Thornbury, on the A38 just off  M5 J14 runs weekly during the months September-April. Everyone is welcome - you do not need to come with a ready-made partner!  Not Riverdance!!Live Music.  Pay as you go.   Alternating weekly between workshops for beginners and a dance the following week to practice your moves with more experienced dancers.

The hall has a large car park and an excellent wooden floor for dancing. 

Our Irish Set Dance workshops in North Weson Hall near Portishead, BS20 6TB runs weekly throughout the year.  The venue is 10 minutes from M5 J19 Portishead or J20 Clevedon and is half an hour from North West and South West Bristol.  Car park opposite and wooden floor for dancing.   

Come along for the craic at Pete Tiley's excellent Ale House in Thornbury High Street.  Only room for one set at a time to dance - come and see for yourself why we love this so much!!

Meet the band at Pete Tiley's award winning pub the Salutation, Ham, GL13 9QH and listen to the jigs, reels, hornpipes, slides and polkas played on fiddle, melodeon and guitar.

A day of dance is on offer at the Chipping Hall in Wotton under Edge once a month from October to April.  Workshops in the morning and a ceili in the afternoon hosted by Sharon and Mick Carr.

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

 

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.

 

The Perfect Cure will 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