Set and Céilí Dancing
There is a lot of Irish set and céilí
dancing here in the Bay Area. Listed below are the main events that
are scheduled on a regular basis. In addition to the events listed
below, there are also other non-scheduled ceilis and dance workshops
happening in the area. For these special events, you should check
out our calendar or our events page for more details.
There are also a great deal of dancing resource and information sites
on the web. Check out our dancing
resource page. There you will find links to other sites, and
a listing of local step dance schools.
We also have available here the descriptions (instructions) of some
of the set and céilí
dances that we do here on a regular basis.
Local Area Dance Listing
San Francisco - On Thursdays, CCÉ hosts set dancing classes at the UICC from 7:30 pm to 9.15 pm. Cost:
$5. This is followed by more dancing at the Plough and Stars from 9.30 pm to 11:30 pm -- except for the
first Thursday of the month when there is no class, just dancing at the Plough and Stars from 8.00 pm -
11.00 pm ~ $5 donation suggested. Contact
(415) 264-8856 for more information.
South Bay/Peninsula - Tuesday night set dancing (with a smidgen of céilí style) at Lilly Mac’s in
Sunnyvale (upstairs); 187 S. Murphy Avenue between Evelyn and Washington Avenues. It is every
Tuesday; 8-10pm; There will be no set dancing on November 26th, December 24th or December 31st.
Suggested donation is $7. Mostly live bands. Contact
(415) 999-6062 for more information.
North Bay - Mary McDonagh and Mícheál Minihane teach set dancing on the second and fourth Fridays
of the month at Brosnan School of Irish Dance in San Anselmo from 7-9pm. There is a $5 donation
suggested for this class. Mary and Mícheál also teach at the Redwood Cafe in Cotati on the second and fourth Wednesday. Contact
for more information.
East Bay - Starry Plough in Berkeley hosts céilí dancing on Mondays. Lessons from 7-9pm and dancing to
live music from 9-11pm. Contact
See calendar page for address, phone number and web page for all venues.