We are planning to go ahead with out regular Irish Set Dance weekend in 2021 – but due to COVID-19 the format is likely to be 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.
It’s likely that Rise the Dust won’t be joining us this year, we’ll instead find a great band who don’t have to cross the water to get here!
A very popular dance weekend for experienced dancers. Join the A-team of callers Maggie Daniel and Lucy Slemmings, and Irish musicians Rise the Dust Ceili Band* 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 dancing with a great Irish 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.
*Rise the Dust Ceili Band (Johnnie Duffy, Liz Ryan & Brendan Doyle) are a high-energy three-piece band playing authentic and danceable tunes on banjo, box and piano. Popular around their native Ireland, it’s great to welcome them back to Halsway!
*It’s likely that we’ll need to find a band based in England, details to be confirmed.