Did you know there is a whole world of Irish dance beyond Riverdance and little girls wearing bright costumes in dance competitions? People of all ages and nationalities get together and turn toe tapping into happy social dances set to traditional, lively Irish tunes. Céilís (pronounced “kay lees”) are Irish dance parties where the musicians and dancers create an amazing shared energy in the dance hall or pub. There are many dances and a variety of moves, formations, and steps so you’ll never be bored. Some céilí and set dances are similar to Contra, American square dancing, or English country dancing, but the Irish has a magical style and vibe all its own.
This page offers a list of opportunities to dance in and around the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex and beyond, whether you are a new dancer seeking to learn or an experienced dancer wanting to kick up your heels. Peruse this page for highlights and the Calendar for upcoming events, or sign up to receive notices on our e-mail list (send us a note through our contact page). If you hear about an event or class/workshop open for public participation, please send us a note so we can pass the word along. See you at the next céilí!
Looking for someone to teach a class or call a céilí at your next event, give Susan and Michael a shout.
Need dance notes?
If you need notes for set, ceili, two-hand (even contra and scottish!) dances take a look at DanceMinder. It’s a new site that features dynamic dance instructions with multiple viewing options, dance ratings and links to relevant music and videos. It’s a good reference to use on or off the dance floor.
Upcoming Events – Check the calendar below for any last-minute changes!
Trinity Hall Dallas (by Mockingbird Station)
Second Sundays 3:00-6:00pm
Come out and dance with the Trinity Hall Session Players from 3:00 – 6:00pm. It’s a family-friendly pub where you can experience a bit of Ireland in Dallas. Free admission. Most dances called. Everyone is welcome! Just let us know you’re there and interested in dancing and we’ll get you help move you around the floor. Psst! Click the photo to see more pics of past pub dancing.
The Celt in Mckinney on the square
Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30pm
These are primarily music sessions but dancers are very welcome. Expect less calling/teaching and more random dancing at these sessions. In other words, if the music moves you, get up and dance! If you arrive before the session begins space will be set aside for dancing. Come on out and leap about! Click on the photo for more pictures.
For general Irish dance information see the Irish Dance Wiki.
Trinity Hall Céilís
The ceilis continue every 2nd Sunday at Trinity Hall. Come join us for ceili, set, two-hand and step dancing. Check out the photos of past dances.
Most of the other past events can be found on our Teaching page. Head over there!