Venues for Irish Set Dancing

Where to Find Irish Set and Ceili Dancing

Here are some places to do Irish Set Dancing in various area around the USA, starting with the Greater Boston area. Some of the set dancing teachers and organizers have joined together to form New England Irish Set Dancers, a Meetup group.

Massachusetts

  • Canton, MA – Monday: 7:30-9:30pm at the ICC-Canton – Beginner Irish Set Dancing Lessons at the Irish Cultural Center – year round (except holidays) with Instructor Cait Bracken Ages: Adults (16 & up) Fee: $5 donation at the door. More info: 781-821-8291
    Venue: Irish Cultural Center of New England, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton, MA map
  • Chelmsford, MA – Tuesday: Chelmsford set dancing lessons with Eileen Dugal – classes at Merrimack Valley Dance Company in Chelmsford Tuesdays 7.30-9.30pm, all year, $10
    Location: 11 Progress Avenue, Chelmsford, MA
  • Danvers MA – Thursday: Irish Set Dancing Class with Eileen Dugal 7:30-9:30PM at the Danvers Art Association building, Route 62 (Exit 22 East off Rte 128 – at the 1st set of lights), 105 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA. Sept to June
  • Quincy MA – Friday: Set Dancing Classes with Sheila Berry at the Wollaston Congregational Church, 48 Winthrop Ave, Quincy, MA 02170, 8-11pm year round
  • Roslindale, MA – Wednesday: Sally Harney’s Irish Set Dancing Class in Roslindale – Weds 7-9PM Sept-May
  • Somerville, MA – Monday: Burren Set Dancing 1st & 3rd Monday lessons with Ger Cooney  8-10pm (Somerville) year round at The Burren Back Room, 247 Elm Street, Davis Square Somerville, Massachusetts
    UPDATE! There is no more set dancing at the Burren! (Room not available starting fall 2014.)
  • Wakefield, MA – Tuesday: Harrington’s (Wakefield) Set and Ceili Dance Lessons with Rita O’Shea – September to May upstairs at Harrington’s Pub, 17 Water Street, Wakefield, MA
  • Wakefield, MA – Wednesday: Harrington’s (Wakefield) Set Dancing (called) Wednesdays 7:30-9:30PM Upstairs at Harrinton’s Pub, 17 Water Street, Wakefield, MA – year round (beginner set dancing classes held on Monday nights in the summer, in addition). Organized by Frank Keane and Eileen McClelland. $7
  • Watertown MA – Tuesday: Set Dancing Class with Sally Harney Sept-May Tues 7:30-9PM $5 Canadian-American Hall, 202 Arlington St., Watertown, MA – ceilis are held at this same location on 1st and 4th Sundays sponsored by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
  • Yarmouth on Cape Cod  – Tuesday: Set and ceili dancing every Tuesday night from 6-7 pm at the Sons of Erin clubhouse in 633 Route 28, West Yarmouth, MA. Beginners and non-members welcome. $8 per class. Seán Murphy, seanmurphy@dublin.ie or 508.790.0438 (don’t let the email address fool you – lessons are right here on Cape!)

New Hampshire

Rhode Island

  • Cranston, RI – Monday: Set Dance Classes Monday 7:15 to 9:15 pm with Barry & Pat Callahan Sep-Jun  at the R.I. Ceili Club, 50 America St., Cranston, RI
    Contact Barry Callahan <setdance.man@verizon.net> for more info or to add your name to Barry’s email list for future classes and ceilis.

Florida

  • Anna Maria Island, FL -Wednesdays 1-3PM from January through March – Anna Maria Island Set & Ceili Dancers meet  at a new venue this winter on Anna Maria Island, the Sand Piper Mobile Home Park on Anna Maria Island, starting  January 7, 2015, (formerly met at Manatee’s in Bradenton). $5 donation requested for live music accompaniment. Anne & Bill Walsh teach set dancing in January & February and Marilyn Andreini and others teach ceili dances in March. About Anna Maria Island on the Gulf Coast of Florida near Bradenton
  • Naples, FL – Set Dancing classes with Suzanna Hazlett at Veteran’s Park in Naples Mondays from November to April. Here is the 2014-2015 schedule:

Maryland – Washington DC Area

Greater Washington Ceili Club
Website: http://www.gwcc-online.org/