Irish dance opportunities for the Fall and beyond

A couple of exciting céilís are in your future — one at Trinity Hall this coming Sunday with more dancers than usual, then in September the season kick-off SCMA Céilí in a fabulous new venue. A new class in McKinney starts September 8. Plus you have a couple of great dancing-and-vacation opportunities in 2011. Read on!


Trinity Hall Dallas – Céilí with the Lone Star Céilí Band


You won’t want to miss this pub céilí — visiting dancers from San Antonio and Fort Worth will be joining us, so we should have plenty of new partners to add to the fun. Let’s plan to dance the Antrim Square Set, the Kilfenora Plain, the Ballyvourney Jig and/or the Connemara Reel Set plus the Haymakers Jig and any other ceili that strikes our fancy. (Requests? Tell me!) Marius knows we’ll have more dancers than usual and is happy to accommodate us. (Yay Marius!)

Date: Sunday, August 1

Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Trinity Hall Irish Pub at Mockingbird Station

5321 E. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

214-887-3600 www.trinityhall.tv

Cost: Free! (Please do support the pub.)

Dances: Antrim Square Set, Kilfenora Plain, Ballyvourney Jig, Connemara Reel, Haymakers Jig


SCMA Celtic Céilí – September 4, 2010 – New Location


A new season begins in September in a new venue…drum roll… theSammons Center for the Arts in Dallas! Enjoy plenty of room to move in the airy, 2800 sq ft Meadows Hall. Also new is the one-hour class in Irish set or traditional céilí dancing to help beginners get up to speed and to give experienced dancers an opportunity to focus on footwork and tricky moves. Classes will run from 6:45 to 7:45pm to recorded music, followed by a céilí from 8:00 to 10:00pm to live music.

Date: Saturday, September 4, 2010

Time: Class: 6:45pm to 7:45pm

Céilí: 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Sammons Center for the Arts

3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas,TX 75219

For recorded driving directions, call (214) 520-7788

Cost: $10 ($8 for SCMA members) includes both class and céilí


Dances: Now taking requests for the class and céilí!


Irish Set Dance Classes — Fall 2010


Irish Set Dancing classes in McKinney, TX continue! Learn dances, fancy footwork, and have a grand time with friendly folks. Couples or singles welcome.

Class Code: 133525-A1

Dates: Sept. 8 – Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 – Dec. 1

Day / Time: Wednesday evenings, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Location: McKinney Community Center, 2001 South Central Expy. (a little north of 121, east side of I-75)

Fees: $32 Resident/$35 Non-Resident

To register: call 972-547-2690 or visit https://webtrac.mckinneytexas.org/





2011 Mardi Gras/O’Flaherty’s Irish Channel Pub Reunion Cruise — Feb. 25, 2011


Plan now for a delightful break in 2011, an Irish themed cruise of the Caribbean! Prices start at $1099pps for this week-long cruise aboard the Norwegian Spirit. Bring an instrument and enjoy daily sessions with the Lone Star Ceili Band, and of course bring your dance shoes for céilí and set dance workshops and evening ceilithe. Check out the link for all the details. http://www.icruise.com/cruises/oflahertys-pub-reunion-cruise.html


CCE North American Convention, San Antonio — March 24-27, 2011


If you love Irish set dancing and traditional music, you must not miss the opportunity to attend the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s convention weekend in San Antonio, TX! Dancers, get ready for four days of céilís and workshops. Musicians, you’ll get workshops too plus opportunities to session with amazing players from North America and beyond. Details are still being worked out; check with the convention’s website for updates. http://cceconvention2011.org/

As always, do send me your dance requests. Hope to see you next week at Trinity Hall!

Susan


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Interesting things – dancing 6/27/10

It was another fun afternoon at Trinity Hall where we danced to great music played by Ken, Daniel, Gordon and Jeff.



We had a full set and a half this time an even a great fan in the corner helping to keep us cooler.

The next session will be August 1st, come on out and join us!



Click on any of the pictures to go to the full gallery.


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Interesting things I saw today 6/6/10

It was a fun (but hot!) afternoon at Trinity Hall where we danced to the wonderful tunes played by Allison, Toar, Candy and Rick.

The next session will be June 27, come on out and join us!

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Interesting things I saw today 5/21/10

Friday night found us heading out to Grayson country again for a set workshop.



There was only a single sets worth of people but they were fun and enthusiastic dancers. We spent the evening teaching footwork and movements for the Antrim Square set.


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Interesting Things I Saw Today 5/8/10

The last SCMA ceili for the 2009/2010 season. Most of our regulars had other places to be and we thought it might end up as a very private session between us and the musicians. Happily a few regulars and a bunch of new people came out and we had two full sets!




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Interesting things I saw today 5/2/10

Dancing at Trinity Hall! We did the Ballingeary Jig set, Haymakers Jig, several two-hands, a sin-hand and did loads of playing around. Click on the image for more.




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Interesting things I saw today 4/24/10 Pt II

Saturday night found us at the April SCMA ceili. We had two sets for most of the night and great music and dancers. Wonderful fun! Click on the picture to go the the full gallery

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Irish dance events in April

There are several great opportunities in April, hope to see you at one more more!

April has two céilís and a new class in store for you. The usual first Sunday dancing at Trinity Hall moved to the 11th, a week from tomorrow, to make way for the Easter bunny. Enjoy your chocolate eggs, and dance them off the next Sunday. A new session of Irish set dancing classes in McKinney starts April 21. We’ve had a great time with the Kilfenora Plain Set and the Antrim Square. Finally, we’re back at the ArtCentre of Plano for the SCMA Céilí on April 24. Celebrate spring by kicking up your heels!


Trinity Hall Dallas – Céilí with the Lone Star Céilí Band


Dance in a wonderful pub to awesome trad with talented local dancers. Beginners are welcomed and whirled around the dance floor. Join us!

Date: Sunday, April 11, 2010

Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Trinity Hall Irish Pub at Mockingbird Station

5321 E. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

214-887-3600 www.trinityhall.tv

Cost: Free! (Please do support the pub.)

Music: The Lone Star Céilí Band

Dances: Antrim Square Set, Connemara Set, Sliabh Luachra Set

4-Hand Reel, Fairy Reel, Rince Fada … what else would you like? Email me!


Irish Set Dance Class in McKinney – April 21 to May 26, 2010


Learn new dances, fancy footwork and smooth out any kinks in the ladies’ chain.
Register now! Bring a friend, spouse, a young dancer age 12 and up, or just yourself. You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy set dancing; you only need happy feet and a playful spirit!





Class Code: 131525-A3


Dates: Apr 21 – May 26

Day / Time: Wednesdays, 7:30pm- 8:30pm

Location: McKinney Community Center, 2001 South Central Expy.

(a little north of 121, east side of I-75)

Fees: $31 Resident/$35 Non-Resident


Age: 12yr. & up

To register: call 972-547-2690 or visit https://webtrac.mckinneytexas.org/


SCMA Celtic Céilí – April 24, 2010


Seems like forever since we’ve danced at the ArtCentre, doesn’t it? There will only be one more céilí here until we break for the summer, so don’t miss it!

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: ArtCentre of Plano



http://www.artcentreofplano.org/



1039 East 15th St., Plano, TX 75074

Cost: $7 ($5 for SCMA members)


Info: http://ceili.dragonseye.com/

Dances: Now taking requests!



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Dancing for March

Hi dancers and friends! How about a pre St. Patrick’s Day dance at Trinity Hall this Sunday afternoon? There won’t be room to stir on the day itself, so get your dancing fix in early! It’s open to everybody, so don’t be shy.

Trinity Hall Dallas – Céilí with the Lone Star Céilí Band

Date: Sunday, March 14, 2010

Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Trinity Hall Irish Pub at Mockingbird Station

5321 E. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

214-887-3600 www.trinityhall.tv

Cost: Free! (Please do support the pub.)

Music: The Lone Star Céilí Band

Dances: Antrim Square Set, Caledonian Set, Connemara Reel Set

How about the Duke Reel, Rince Fada, 4-Hand…what else would you like?

Remember to set your clocks ahead before hitting the hay Saturday night,or you’ll miss some of the fun.

Save these dates — The next Trinity Hall céilí will be April 11, since the 1st Sunday is Easter, and the next SCMA Céilí at the ArtCentre of Plano is April 24. http://ceili.dragonseye.com/


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North Texas Irish Festival 2010

The North Texas Irish Festival is coming up this weekend? Got your Irish on?

It’ll be a weekend of great music, dance, food and drink so don’t miss it!


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