3 ceilis with the Swallow's Tail ceili band, workshops on Saturday morning and afternoon and Sunday morning
The weekend where we plan to dance around 30 different sets over the 3 days and nights. It's great fun, challenging and usually has a pretty special atmosphere.
A weekend of dancing with The Swallow’s Tail Ceili Band, playing for ceilis on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Workshops on Saturday morning and afternoon and Sunday morning.
Rotherwick Village Hall, comfortingly situated between the two village pubs in the picturesque village of Rotherwick. The venue is about 7 miles from Basingstoke.
We can recommend 2 nearby pubs, we advise you to book well in advance because both places get very busy.
What is there to say? We’ll have fine weather, lots of lovely sets, and the craic.
This is a very innovative and popular weekend. As usual, we’ll have dancers from around the UK and many parts of Europe. Please register early as space is limited.
Padraig & Roisin will once again blend their encyclopaedic knowledge of dance with their inimitable relaxed and friendly teaching style, always with careful attention to the heritage and finer details of the dances.
Every Thursday from 9.00 - 11.00 pm
Basingstoke Irish Centre, Council Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3DH (get directions)
Beginners and experienced dancers welcome, no need to bring a partner. We have a group of now experienced dancers who will be delighted to help you find your dancing feet.
We run weekend events with teachers and bands from Ireland. We call them Revival weekends. Our approach is to dance a wide variety of sets. Many experienced dancers complain of dancing the same sets at ceilis and weekends in Ireland and elsewhere. We believe there are many beautiful, charming and sometimes challenging sets that are not in the top dozen in terms of popularity that should be danced more often. We love the classic sets, and they have a cherished place at our events, but only once in a weekend; they complement the rare gems that we love to polish and display.
Our events take place on the 4th FULL weekend of September and the weekend around the Spring Equinox.
At previous weekends we have danced over 60 different sets from all around Ireland, and have welcomed visitors from all over the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Czech Republic (or Czechia if you like...), Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, the USA and Japan.
We have a Youtube channel where we have videos old and new of set dancing. The newest one we have is of our newly created Wessex Set, choreographed by Carol and Kevin Monaghan, Sue and Jim Crick, Brian and Mary Saunders and Dick and Jacky Gurney.
We launched this set at our St Patrick's weekend in 2016, and it was also danced at the weekend of set dancing in the beautiful city of Prague in April 2016. It has been shared with other dance teachers and been well-received by those who have danced it. Please feel free to peruse all our collected videos, and offer some feedback.
Four figures: 152b reels, 152b reels, 192b jigs and 160b fling