Promoting Irish Set and Ceili dancing in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia


Classes resume Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 and end in June. A Saturday morning class begins February 6th, and will meet the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Green Acres Center
4401 Sideburn Road,
Fairfax, Virginia, 22030

The Tuesday night class starts gathering at 7:15 and ends at 8:45 pm. The Saturday morning classes begin at 9 am and last an hour.

The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.   Set dancing is loosely akin the square dancing, but the entire dance has already been scripted.   For example, the Cashel Set dance, well known to most Set dancers, will follow the same patterns around the world.   The music accompanying the dances includes jigs, reels and hornpipes, and is similar to music played at contra dances.   If you enjoy this type of dancing music, and want to get some exercise and laughs, you should give us a try.

The class leader is Hugh Conway. He can be contacted at: ceiliset@yahoo.com. The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $35. A walk-in is $8.00. The Saturday morning class is $30 for 4 classes. $8.00 walk-in.

When the classes meet outside of the Green Acres Center for parties or ceilis, it is called the Tuesday Night Ceili Club.

Driving to the Green Acres Center can be roundabout since Sideburn Road has limited access. If using Rte. 123 (Chain Bridge Road), turn onto Armstrong Street, drive to Sideburn, turn right and travel to the center.   From Route 236, turn left on Roberts Road and turn onto to Forest Ave.  Drive to Sideburn Road and turn left.  From Braddock Road, turn right at Roberts, going north, turn onto to Forest, make left at Sideburn.

Information on a wider range of Irish cultural activities in the Washington D.C. area, such as musical groups, step dancing schools, book clubs etc. can be found on www.ccepotomac.org, the web page for the local branch, O'Neill-Malcom, of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann.

More information on Irish social dancing in the Washington D.C. area can be found at the web site for the Greater Washington Ceili Club, http://gwcc-online.org, and the Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers, http://www.ringofkerrydancers.org

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