We are planning to go ahead with out regular Irish Set Dance weekend in 2021 – but due to COVID-19 the planned format is different to originally advertised.
We’ll need to limit the numbers of participants to ensure physical distancing.
You’ll need to attend as pre-arranged dance couples, and stay in your couple for the duration of the weekend.
Even with these measures in place, you may need to sit some dances out to ensure adequate space on the floor.
Sadly Rise the Dust won’t be joining us this year because of issues with travel – but we’re delighted to welcome ‘The Perfect Cure’ instead!
A very popular dance weekend for experienced dancers. Join the A-team of callers Maggie Daniel and Lucy Slemmings, and high-energy ceili trio The Perfect Cure for another rip-roaring weekend at Halsway.
Maggie and Lucy will teach daytime workshops helping you to brush up on your skills, and there will be ceilis on Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon for you to enjoy dancing to top-notch live accompaniment. Book early!
There’s the option to stay Sunday night for an extra £40 per person, to include light supper, B&B. Bring instruments if you have them, and enjoy a relaxed evening session!
“Meeting old friends & dancing to great music in beautiful surroundings – I just love the place, it’s so welcoming and people are always so nice.” Participant
Who’s it For?
This course is for experienced dancers to come together and enjoy a great weekend of high energy workshops and ceili dancing with a great live band!
Maggie Daniel first tried Irish Set Dancing at Bromyard Folk Festival in 1996. This was followed by her first trip to Ireland in 1998 where she was really bitten by the bug! She leads workshop and dances at festivals and venues up and down the UK. She is joined by experienced teacher and dancer Lucy Slemmings; together they have run this popular weekend at Halsway for many years.
The Perfect Cure were our first choice when we decided it was too risky to Bring Rise The Dust over from Ireland, so we’re delighted that they accepted! The Perfect Cure is a trio of talented musicians, working mainly in Bristol and the South West, and specialising in Barn Dances and Irish Dance Music. All three members have many years’ experience and together create lively music for dancing. In addition to regular weekly barn dance bookings for folk dance clubs and for Irish Set dancing, the band regularly play for private events and festivals, with additional musicians joining the trio to form a larger band when the occasion calls.
As keen dancers themselves, the band has a special affinity with its audience, carefully choosing the best music to suit each set dance figure or barn dance.