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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.

Set Dances Ceílí Dances
The Baile Bhúirne Jig Set
The Borlin Set
The Caledonian Set
The Castle Set (modern version)
The Castle Set (traditional version)
The Clare Lancers
The Corofin Plain Set
The Connemara Set
The Clare Orange and Green Set
The Plain Set
The Derradda Set
Labasheeda Set
The Mazurka Set
The Newport Set
The Paris Set
The Skibbereen Set
The Sliabh Luachra Set
The Televara Set
The Valentia Right and Left Set
The Waltz Cotillion
Local Area Dance Listing

North Bay

      Mill Valley
Noncompetitive beginning low style step for adults
      10 am - 3 pm or by arrangement other times
      There is a $5 charge for the class
      Please contact Shirleigh Brannon for more information.

Beginning Irish Dance for Adults. Always loved Irish music and “Riverdance” but thought “I can’t do
      that athletic stuff?” Unlike modern competitive Irish stepdance, Irish old style dance and sean-nos
      can be learned and danced by people of all ages. Learn to hear and dance steps “in time” to four basic
      rhythms of Irish music and dance: reel, jig, slip jig, hornpipe. No partner or specialty shoes needed.
      Tuesdays 5:40-7:30pm | Aug 29-Oct 10 2017 . $95
      Please contact Shirleigh Brannon for more information.

   First & Third Fridays Céilí
      Almonte Clubhouse
      105 Wisteria, Mill Valley
      From 7:00 PM to 10:00PM
      Please contact Shirleigh Brannon for more information.

   Second & Fourth Fridays (photo) (photo)
      Brosnan Schoold of Irish Dance
      Mary McDonagh & Micheal Minihan teach Irish Set Dancing

      From 7:00 PM to 9:00PM
      There is a $5 charge for the class. Tea & Cakes served.
      Please contact Mary McDonagh or Micheal Minihan for more information.

San Francisco
   Every Thursday (except the first Thursday)
      Set Dancing Class at the United Irish Cultural Center
      Join us as we learn new sets. Instructors rotate weekly. Taped music.
      From 7:30 PM to 9:00PM
      2700 45th Avenue (at Sloat Blvd.) , San Francisco, CA
      (415) 661-2700

   Every Thursday
      Set Dancing at the Plough and Stars
      Just dancing! Live Music!
      Suggested donation to support the music: $5.00
      From 9:30 PM to 11:00PM (starts at 8:00 PM on the first Thursday)
      On Clement between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, San Francisco, CA

South Bay
   Every Tuesday
      Set Dancing at Lilly Mac's
      Lessons by Michael Murphy start at 7:30 PM
      Dancing to live music from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
      187 South Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA
      Contact Michael Murphy - (415) 999-6062

East Bay
   Every Monday
      Céilí Dancing Class with John Slaymaker at the Starry Plough
      Lessons from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
to live music from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM.
      3101 Shattuck Ave, two blocks off of Ashby in Berkeley, CA
      (510) 841-2082

   Presently there is no regular scheduled dancing

Santa Cruz - Monterey
   There is no regular scheduled dancing, but there are occasional ceilis at the Trout Farm in Felton. The next one is Saturday January 30th, 2016 @ 8:30pm. Contact Julie Horner for more information:
Updated Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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