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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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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July 5 ceili at Trinity Hall

It was another fun session at Trinity Hall this past Sunday. The Lone Star Ceili Band were all there (plus 1, what was her name?) along with 8 dancers with Susan, myself and Billye calling throughout the three hour session.

Ken’s hidden behind The mystery Bodhran player.

More pictures are available in the gallery.


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June 7 ceili at Trinity Hall

It was a fun session at Trinity Hall this past Sunday. Most of the Lone Star Ceili Band were there along with 16 dancers plus Susan and I calling throughout the three hour session.

There was also cake to celebrate the graduation of Ken’s daughter from high school with loads of spinning and jumping and battering during the afternoon.

More pictures are available in the gallery.


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Dancing at Lochrann’s March 22, 2009

Wheee! Another fun session at Lochrann’s. We were joined by a few more dancers and a new musician whose name I unfortunately failed to get.

We had the back room largely to ourselves and a few spectators and it was an afternoon full of great craic!

We danced a couple of the Ballyvorney Jig Set, the Clare Lancers, Three Tunes, Four Hand, Siege of Ennis and a bit of stepping about.

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Lochrann’s Feb15, 2009

Today we had a good session with loads of dancers and musicians.

There was also a good crop of spectators.

If we can Keep this up I hope we can continue to take over this end of the pub.

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Lochrann’s Jan 25, 2009

This was a fun session in the new space at Lochrann’s. They recently expanded into a whole new room with a larger stage as well as an added meeting room that could work as a session space in a pinch.

Things were quiet enough that we had the new room mostly to ourselves.

With music played by Wendy, Joseph, David and Mark, Susan, Andi, Margi, Dwayne, Billye, Brandi, Grady, Karen and I danced several sets and some ceili dances along with a bit of stepping about.

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Come on out next time! Keep an eye on the Facebook page for the session as well as Lochrann’s page.


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Lochrann’s Oct 19, 2008

We had a fun session this past Sunday at Lochrann’s. There was a good bit of dancing including sets and a two-hand hornpipe as well as a bit of stepping about to music by the Needfire bagpiper.

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The next session is Nov 16th, come on out!


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Seamus McCaffrey Irish Pub

I had some time in Phoenix so dropped in to see what the local pub was like and to get an early dinner.

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Lochrann’s Sep 7, 2008

Alright, I’ve procrastinated long enough. Here are the pictures from the last Lochrann’s gathering.

We got kicked outside due to a stupid football game but the weather was on the cool side, we were in the shade and we ended up with more room than normal so it was a win-win situation.

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We had seven musicians and enough dancers for a full set along with the requisite beers. It was a good dance afternoon.


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