Willie Clancy Summer School Complete guide to the biggest and best summer school of Irish music and dance South Sligo Summer School All about the special week of music and dance in Tubbercurry in July Joe Mooney Summer School Schedule for the summer school in Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim Set Dancing Week Photos and videos by Mary Lynch from the Armada Hotel's famous dancing week Merriman Summer School The Merriman concentrates on literature, politics, media, history and other interests of the chattering classes, and also has a lot of dancing. Oideas Gael This Irish language school offers a week of dancing in the summer. The World Fleadh A new week of music in dance held this year in August in Portlaoise, Co Laois Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann The All-Ireland music festival held in Tullamore, Co Offaly, at the end of August
Feakle Festival Tiny east Clare village holds a major music festival in August Tulla Traditional Music Festival September music and dance celebration in the east Clare village Féile Átha Dá Chab A festival coming up in April in Ballydehob, Co Cork Micho Russell Festival Weekend February festival remembering the Doolin whistler Micho Russell Comórtas Cóilín Sheáin Dharach A festival for sean nós solo jigs in Connemara The Shindig Popular set dancing weekend every January in Tralee Willie Keane Memorial Weekend A music and dance weekend in Doonbeg, Co Clare A Mighty Weekend of Set Dancing Connie Ryan's memorial weekend in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co Dublin Fleadh Nua Five days of music and dance in Ennis, Co Clare Eigse Mrs Crotty Mrs Crotty's memorial weekend in Kilrush, Co Clare, for lovers of the concertina Ennis Trad Festival November festival in Ennis, Co Clare
Ceili Time Two brothers from Co Tyrone McStocker Ceili Band Four-piece group from Co Antrim Donal Ring Ceili Band Classic Cork ceili band playing in a Scottish style Meet the Musician Haulie McKee Schoolchildren interview a member of the Tulla Ceili Band. Turloughmore Ceili Band Ten-piece prize-winning band from Co Clare. The Jivenaires The site of a showband formed in 1961. A treasure trove of bands, photos and memories. Not set dancing but fascinating nevertheless. Clareen Banjos A site by Tom Cusson of Shaskeen, with a page on the band and their recordings Emerald Ceili Band Information about the popular band from Ulster
Omagh Traditional Dancing Club Organisers of classes and a festival in Omagh, Co Tyrone Half-Door Club Organisers of a festival and ceilis in Co Laois "The definitive set dancing web site." News of the Longford weekend and other workshops and weekends by Gerard Butler Cairde Rince Céilí na hÉireann An organisation promoting ceili dancing The Belfast Set Dancing and Traditional Music Society Classes and ceilis in Belfast Owenabue Valley Traditional Group Keen dancers in Carrigaline, Co Cork, who run monthly ceilis and an annual workshop
Pádraig and Róisín McEneany Nice music by Triskell is heard on this website of the popular teaching couple Memories of a dancer Pat Murphy travels the world giving set dancing workshops. His web site presents illustrated accounts of a few of his visits.
Return to Camden Town A week-long festival of music and dance in London
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Copenhagen Irish Festival Taking place every November—information in Danish Seminarhof Proitzer Mühle A converted mill in Germany which holds occasional weekend set dancing workshops Grand Bal de l'Europe Festival of many kinds of dance featuring set dancing workshops, ceilis and concerts
Swaree Ceili Band German ceili band
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Karlsruhe Irish Set Dancers Weekly dancing Irish Set Dancers Frankfurt An active club in Frankfurt, Germany Irish dance in the Ruhr A dancing club in Essen, Germany Irish Set-Dance Dresden Set dancing reaches the city of Dresden Irish dancing in Croatia The first and only group of set dancers in this country www.ceili.de Events in Erlangen, Germany Irish Set Dance Group Basel An active group in Basel, Switzerland www.setdance.net Dancing in Erlangen, Germany Rinceoirí Site for Irish dancers in Prague in English and Czech Cumann Céilí Vin A club in Vienna, Austria Copenhagen Irish Set Dancers Danish language information with an English summary Oslo Irish Set Dancers Details of set dancing classes in an Irish pub in Oslo, Norway Association Irlandaise The Irish Association in Paris runs set dancing classes, ceilis and workshops—information in French. Århus Set Dancers An active group of dancers in Denmark Mulligan's Irish Music Bar An Amsterdam pub with monthly dance sessions www.setdancing.de Set dancing events, classes and contacts in Germany Jagst Valley Irish Set Dancers Information in German about a class in Möckmühl—includes a German dictionary of set dancing terms
Dublin Irish Festival and Irish Festival Academy An August festival weekend in Dublin, Ohio, following a new four-day summer school Celtic College and Celtic Roots Festival Summer school and festival in Goderich, Ontario, beside Lake Huron Catskills Irish Arts Week An Irish music and dance summer school in the Catskill Mountains of New York Augusta Heritage Center Irish Week Traditional Irish music, dance and arts summer school in Elkins, West Virginia Milwaukee Irish Fest and Summer School North America's biggest Irish festival and summer school
John Whelan A virtuoso on box who's very popular with set dancers Ceol na gCroí Ceili Band New York based band Green Gates Ceili Band New Jersey based band
Irish Dance in Dallas Dancing opportunities in Texas Ceol agus Rince Calendar covering events in the wider New York, Philadelpha and Washington DC areas and beyond Irish Thymes Dancing at a couple locations in Massachusetts Irish Set Dancing in Nova Scotia The web site of the Scaip na Cleiti dancers in Halifax Irish Philadelphia Coverage of Irish events including ceilis in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sets in the 'Burg Classes in Cedarburg, Wisconsin Pittsburgh Ceili Club Dancing enthusiasts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania New Castle County Irish Society Weekly classes and monthly ceilis in Wilmington, Delaware Mari Hoiland's web site Plenty of photos from ceilis in Washington and Oregon Greater Washington Ceili Club A Washington DC area club with classes and ceilis in Maryland Emerald Isle Club A social club in Baltimore, Maryland, which holds monthly dances Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers A club in Gaithersburg, Maryland, holding weekly classes Philadelphia Ceili Group Monthly ceilis and an annual festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Jackson Irish Dancers Classes, workshops and ceilis in Jackson, Mississippi Portland Ceili Society Classes, events and information about dancing in Portland, Oregon Irish Set Dancing in Milwaukee Classes, monthly dances and other events in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and area Vancouver Irish Ceili Society A programme of workshops and ceilis in BC Quad Cities Céilí Club A group of keen Irish dancers in Iowa and Illinois Ceili and Set Dance in Toronto and Vicinities Toronto area classes and events Irish Dance Los Angeles Set dancing classes and ceilis in LA Irish American Society A club in Mineola, Long Island, New York Irish Dancemaster The activities of teacher Yutaka Usui
New York City, New York Monthly live music ceilis New Orleans, Louisiana Weekly set dancing classes Kingston, Ontario A branch with monthly sessions and ceilis Boston, Massachusetts Information about classes San Francisco, California Includes details of dancing around the area Rochester, New York With information about music and dance classes
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Irish Set Dancing In Canberra Canberra class and ceili info, plus dance instructions and a helpful set dancing FAQ Comhaltas Melbourne Includes set dancing classes Set Dancing Australia Classes and ceilis down under Irish Dance Circle Clare The web site of keen dancers in Kanagawa, Japan. A few pages in English and French, but most is in Japanese Kyoto Irish Dance Club Set, ceili and step (trad and modern) classes in Kyoto, Japan Melbourne Claddagh Dancers Schedule of weekly classes Sainak A Japanese ceili band and dancers Sydney Irish Dancers Dancing down under in Sydney with Margaret and Bill Winnett Newcastle Irish Dance Information from a class in Australia
These sites have accounts of dancing in Ireland and elsewhere.
Memories of a dancer Pat Murphy travels the world giving set dancing workshops. His web site presents illustrated accounts of a few of his visits. Hideya and Akiko's 2003 Trip and Hideya and Akiko's 2004 Trip A Japanese couple visit traditional music festivals during trips to Ireland. Full of frank comments on Ireland and the Irish. Also available - their trip in 2002 in Japanese Round the Place where I was Born Memories of a dancing board in Co Laois Jennifer's Labasheeda Experience A Pittsburgh woman and her husband go dancing on their first trip to Ireland. The Fall 2000 Ireland Dispatches, Irish Set Dancing, The Ireland Dispatches Set dancing is a major focus in these travelogues by a Seattle photographer. A two week trip to Ireland A couple from Texas experience set dancing in Kerry and Clare in 2001. Celtic Bompa in Irish Dancing The adventures of a Belgian fellow who does as much Irish dancing as possible (mostly step) and logs every event in full detail—includes several short videos of set dancing. A Dance Vacation in Ireland Marilyn Moore and Jim Owens from Maryland describe every set and variation on a month-long trip in 1999. Irish Set Dancing Henry Morgenstein compares set dancing to contra dancing.
Published articles about set dancing and set dancers.
Dances from an old Ireland Informative article from the Schnectady Gazette, New York. Includes a short video clip. Get set - it's time for the dancing news An article about Set Dancing News from the Clare Champion. Limerick's sporting heroes - where are they now? The sporting background of Limerick teacher Timmy Woulfe. Rover Roy returns to his roots An interview with Tipperary dancer Roy Galvin. Great 'News' for Set Dancers About Set Dancing News. Cork Couple Honored For a Life Of Dance A tribute to Joe and Siobhán O'Donovan. Will the real Irish dancing please stand up? Ceili dancing versus set dancing circa 1996. West's dancers set to answer the call An article about the West Limerick Set Dancing Club. Sean Nos Step Dancing - It's A Living Tradition About Patrick O'Dea
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These sites include instructions for dancing sets and related dances.
Terry's Dancebook A book of standard and newly created ceili dances as done in Alameda and Berkeley, California Irish Set Dancing in Canberra Notes for just one set available nowhere else. Paul's Irish Set Dance Music Database A cross-referenced listing of all sets and other dances published in books and websites and available on CD. The Two-Hand Dances of Ireland and the Old Philadelphia Set Traditional dances collected in Philadephia, complete with music for the set. Wiki the Feathers Notes for sets in Japanese. Sets in the 'Burg Short and simple notes for several sets by Joanna DuPuis. Melbourne Claddagh Dancers Several sets in Word document format Crooked River Set Dancers A collection of sets including recently revived ones such as the Kilfenora, Claddagh and Ballyduff Search and replace An amusing account of some typos in the first edition of Pat Murphy's Toss the Feathers La Page Set-Dancing de Sylphane French-language set and ceili instructions in PDF form Irish Set Dance Study Notes Instructions for 78 sets and ten ceili dances, complete and annotated, including all the most popular sets and some rarities Brooks Academy The site of the Dublin school of set dancing includes instructions for all their published sets Irish-American Lobby Education Foundation Detailed information on steps, movements and terms, plus eleven sets Newcastle Irish Dance This Australian site has detailed instructions for several sets and ceili dances Irish and Scottish Dance Information Includes instructions for six Irish ceili dances plus information about dancing in Portland, Oregon Dance Instruction Manuals A large collection of old dance manuals from the Library of Congress in Washington DC Chris Brady Chris Brady's website has a complete facsimile of an 1867 handwritten dance manual from Dundalk. Some of the dances in it are transcribed in easy-to-read text and thorough background information is available. The site also includes a full copy of an 1899 Irish ballroom dance manual and instructions for a traditional step dance, the Gabhairín Buí or the Yellow-Haired Goat. Comhaltas, San Francisco, California Has notes for the sets taught locally
CeltiCottage USA source for some set dancing books, CDs and videos Irish Image Digital "paint effect" prints of set dancing in Cois na hAbhna, Ennis The Living Tradition Good source for set dancing books, CDs, tapes and videos Talbot Dance Centre Shoes for set dancing and other types of dance Big Plain Records Traditional Irish music recordings including a set dancing CD by the Gleann an Iolair Ceili Band Laura Higgins A Toronto dancer and artist who captures set dancing in her paintings Glens Music Recordings Recordings of traditional Irish song and dance music of Northern Ireland Ainm Records Producer of music and videos for set dancing and step dancing Irish Music Magazine The web site for the traditional and folk music publication Smithsonian Folkways An interesting collection of folk music including Irish trad music
Interesting historical articles related to dance.
The Origin of the Word Polka An attempt to make sense of the complicated history of this dance
The companies advertising on these sites offer holiday packages which include set dancing.
Trad Tours Set dancing tours to Ireland from Philadelphia and area. Fleadh España An annual set dancing holiday in Spain Irish Folklore Tours One of their tours each year features set dancing. Celtic Spirit Irish cultural activities including dance in Switzerland and on the Aran Islands
Traditional Irish Music A 'resource site' with a collection of links Intercelt Cultural holiday information Webfeet Dance Index UK folk dance events Ceolas Celtic music resource
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