Maggie Daniel is an experienced Irish Set Dance teacher, having run two dance clubs in Devon for around 15 years, and taught at a number of folk festivals. She tries to make classes fun for beginners and experienced dancers alike, and hopes to welcome some new Irish Set dancers to the workshops in Chippenham.
Irish Set Dancing is a social dance, popular all over Ireland. It is danced in a square set (the Set), and each dance (also called a Set) consists of 3 to 6 (or more) separate figures. Each figure may be danced to different rhythms, such as jigs, reels, polkas or hornpipes, and each figure may have similarities, such as the same opening and closing moves, with different sequences in the middle, but this doesn't always apply. Many of the sets are named after the towns and villages where they originated, and until recent times people would only dance the sets from their local area. Nowadays, dancers travel all over Ireland, and could dance sets from anywhere, though a ceili programme will usually include some local sets. Irish Set Dancing is lively and fun, and the music is great, so do come along and try it over the weekend.