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Irish Set Dancing


Wild Musette is proud to support Irish set dances in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, NC.

Set dancing is a form of social dancing that is very popular in Ireland. Similar to American square or contra dancing, couples dance repeating figures to lively traditional music. Set dancing is a very accessible form of dance, and all of the local dances listed here are taught. Beginners are welcome and you do not need to bring a partner. Just show up and dance!

Be sure to join our mailing list to stay informed about the schedule for dances, what sets will be danced, cancellations, and deviations from the normal schedule.

Information about specific set dances, including the exact steps and instructions, can be found at DanceMinder. There are many Irish set dances on YouTube. There is an international calendar of Irish set dances at Sets.ie.

 

The regular Irish set dances occur at two venues:

Chapel Hill

Second Wednesdays from 7:00-9:30PM | $5
Seymour Senior Center
2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Contact info:
  • Seymour Center: call 919.968.2070
  • Katja Sage: text/call 919.525.5826
  • Mary Dalton: text/call 240.994.3081

Raleigh

Fourth Wednesdays from 7:00-9:30PM (beginners come at 6:30) | $0
Private home
6416 Lakeway Drive, Raleigh 27612
Contact info:
  • Judith Muse: text/call 919.264.7110

 

Shoes

Set dancers use comfortable shoes with little or no heel. Ideally the sole is leather or some other smooth surface. Soles that grip, like sneakers, make it difficult to spin, and this can lead to injuries. Please no taps.

Shoes like these oxfords or these dance sneakers are ideal.

Clothing

No special clothing or costumes are required for informal Irish set dancing. Loose-fitting street clothes are quite appropriate. Some women prefer to wear skirts for the twirl factor and because they can help you keep cool. It can get hot when things really get going!

Question?

Have a question about our dances? Send us a message.

Irish Culture Night at Trali

Trali Irish Pub in Morrisville hosts an Irish culture night on the first Saturday of the month (holidays excepted). This craic features live music and set dancing with a teacher. Check before you come to make sure the event is on.

Trali Irish Pub
3107 Grace Park Dr.
Morrisville, NC 27560
919.651.9083

Dance Trip to Ireland

Wild Musette helped to organize a set dancing trip to Ireland in July 2018. Eleven people from the North Carolina group made the journey and had a wonderful time at the South Sligo Summer School in Tubbercurry. More trips are possible, so stay tuned.


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