Irish Set Dancing in Canberra


Our weekly classes cover the more common steps, moves and dances and are suitable for beginner and intermediate dancers. You do not need to bring a partner! We also have an end-of-term ceili so we have plenty of opportunity to practice what we have learned.

The 2018 class flier is here.

Wednesday nights from 7.30 – 9.30 pm (note - Term 2 trial of new class times) including a break for refreshments.

Dates for 2018

Term 1 - Wednesday 7 February - Wednesday 11 April (10 weeks)

Term 2 - Wednesday 2 May - Wednesday 4 July (10 weeks)

Term 3 - Wednesday 25 July - Wednesday 26 September (10 weeks)

Term 4 - Wednesday 17 October - Wednesday 19 December (10 weeks)

Free introductory sessions for beginners

If you are a beginner we are very happy to meet you half an hour before the class to show you the basics - see For beginners.


North Canberra Baptist Church

17 Condamine Street


Monaro Folk Society Members $8/class$70 for a 10 class pass
Non-members $9/class$80 for a 10 class pass

Newcomers to the group receive their first two classes free. The 30 minute introductory sessions for beginners before the class are free.


Casual, comfortable clothing and shoes.  Shoes with leather soles and a heel are recommended.

Our classes commenced in late 2003 and since then we have learned the following sets/ceili dances:

Antrim Set
Armagh Set
Australian Half Set
Atha Caoire Set
Ballinascarthy Half Set
Ballycommon Set
Ballycroy Set
Ballyduff Set
Ballyvourney Reel Set
Ballyvourney Jig Set
Black Valley Square Jig Set
Borlin Polka Set
Calendonian Set
Camden Hornpipe
Canberra Crooked Chain Set
Caragh Lake Jig Set
Cashel Set
Ceili Set
Charlestown Set
Claddagh Set
Clare Lancers
Clare Orange and Green Set
Clare Plain Set
Connemarra Reel Set
Coolnabeasoon Set
Corofin PLain Set
Derrada Set
Dromgarriff Half Set
Dublin Set
Durrow Threshing Set
Fermanagh Set
Fermanagh Quadrilles

Fintown Set
Glencree Set
Hunter Valley Set
Hurry the Jug
Inis Oirr Set
Kenmare Polka Set
Kilfenora Plain Set
Labasheeda Set
Limerick Tumblers
Lorrha Aglish Set
Loughgraney Set
Mazurka Set
Mealagh Valley Jig Set
Melleray Lancers
Merchant Set
Moycullen Set
Newmarket Meserts
Newport Set
North Kerry Polka Set
Paris Set
Port Fairy Set
Roscahill Set
Sliabh Fraoch Set
Sliabh Luacra Set
Sneem Set
Southern Cross Set
South Galway Reel Set
South Kerry Set
South Sligo Lancers
Southern Cross Set
Valentia Rights and Lefts
West Kerry Set

We have also learned a few couples (two-hand) dances. So far we have done:

Military Two Step
Winnett's Waltz
Vere's Waltz