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Irish Set Dancing in Milwaukee

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Midwinter Set Dance Weekend: February 21 - 23, 2014
Milwaukee's premiere set dance event returns, featuring instructors and musicians of international renown. New Set Dance Classes Begin September 11

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Weekly Dancing
Continues at
O'Donoghue's Irish Pub
Wednesdays
Open Dancing 7:00 p.m.
(7:30 when classes in session)

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 Set Dance Classes

Our September - October 2013 series were a great success and were thoroughly enjoyed by the new students and the more experienced dancers helping out alike.

We offer several series of classes during the year, typically in an 8-week format. This series is intended to get you started in set dancing with classes tailored for newcomers.

Information/Registration:

New classes to come: Stay tuned for announcements regarding classes.

Following each class, open dancing will begin at about 7:30 p.m. (7:00 p.m. when no classes are in session) Class participants are encouraged to join in the dancing (at no extra charge) throughout the evening. The open dancing without the formality of the class provides additional valuable insights into Irish dancing in a social setting and can be very helpful to the beginner.

 Weekly Dancing -- at O'Donoghue's

This continues a long tradition of weekly dancing which began at Nash's Irish Castle in 1991. Nash's, alas, is no more, but
this web page survives for now.

Important: See the note below about parking.

Set dancing is held year-round at O'Donoghue's Irish Pub in Elm Grove. Held on Wednesday evenings, dancing begins at 7:00 PM, (7:30 if classes are in session.) We ask for a free-will offering of three dollars each week to offset our rental costs. This is waived for paid class participants.

Note: parking behind the old Elm Grove Inn (now the Silver Spur) is no longer permitted. You can be ticketed if you park there. Please park on street or in lot behind the Town Bank, across the street and a little East of O'Donoghue's. It's on the North side of Watertown Plank Road, East of the Dry Cleaning business, at 13150 Watertown Plank Road. We may park there any Wednesday, after 5:30 PM. Set dancing is held year-round at O'Donoghue's Irish Pub in Elm Grove.

Periodic e-mail updates are sent throughout the year. See Contacts to be added to our list.

 Monthly Dances with Live Music

Regular dances are held on the fourth Saturday of the month (exceptions below) at the ICHC. Come at 7:00 p.m. to learn the Set of the Month. Dance to live music from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00. $10.00 free will offering requested. Tea and snacks are provided. Beer and soda are sold to benefit the ICHC. Please bring a treat to share if you can.

Date
Event Music  Set of the Month
March 22 Monthly dance at ICHC Cosmic Otters New Market Myzerts
April 26 Monthly dance at ICHC Áthas Kilfenora Plain Set
May 24 Monthly dance at ICHC Capitol Ceili Band Roscahill Set
June 28 Monthly dance at ICHC Ceol Caírde Moy Cullen Set
July 26 Monthly dance at ICHC TBA The Merchant Set
August 14-17 See you at Irish Fest! Bushels of bands Scores of sets- Info Here
August 15, 11:45 PM Annual Late Night Setdance TBA Yes, that's 11:45 PM
September 27 Monthly dance at ICHC TBA Limerick Orange & Green
October 25 Monthly dance at ICHC TBA West Kerry Set
November 22 Monthly dance at ICHC TBA Williamstown Set

 Midwinter Set Dance Weekend --  February 2015 

The Midwinter Set Dance Weekend with Ultan Mulcahy was a great sucess! Watch this space for information on next year's event.

 Other Irish Dancing

The Irish Cultural and Heritage Center hosts a variety of celtic events, including Ceili dances most first Fridays and third Saturdays of the month. Ceili dance info.

Irish Dancing in the Chicago area: Irish Dance Chicago.

Don't miss the 2013 Francis O'Neill Club Set Dance Weekend in Chicago, featuring Tony Ryan from Galway, October 5-7, 2013.
Workshops on Saturday (10am - 4pm) and Sunday (noon - 2pm) with dances Friday (8pm), Saturday 8pm), and Sunday (2pm.)
Click here for details
including a registration form.

The Cedarburg group setsintheburg.org has dancing on alternate Tuesdays in the Cedarburg / Mequon area.

 Venues

The Irish Cultural and Heritage Center (ICHC) is at 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee (just west of Marquette U.). Click for map. Park free in lots off 23rd St. south of Wisconsin Ave. Westbound: take I-94 west to 25th St. Exit, Go north on 25th Street to Wisconsin Avenue. Then right (east) to 23rd Street.  Eastbound: take I-94 east to 35th St. exit, go north (left) to Wisconsin Ave., east to 23rd St. Parking is available in lots south (and slightly West) of the center. Take 23rd St. south to alley to enter.

O'Donoghue's Irish Pub is at 13225 Watertown Plank Road in Elm Grove. Click for map. If you are coming from the west, O'Donoghue's is less than two miles east of Brookfield Square (I-94). Exit I-94 and go north the next road after Bluemound Road (US 18). This is Watertown Plank Road. Then turn right and after you cross the RR tracks, look for the pub on the right just past the Elm Grove Inn.
Coming from the East: If you are going west on I-94 or I-894 take US 45 north (at the zoo interchange) to the Watertown Plank Road exit. Then go two miles west (left) on Watertown Plank. When you see a church just ahead, veer left and look for the pub on your left.

Parking is available on nearby streets and lots. Please use these rather than the lot adjacent to the pub.

The Road House Bar & Grill, 1302 Washington Ave (Five Corners) Cedarburg. Corner of Highway 60 and 181 (76th Street/Wauwatosa Road) Phone 262-387-0399. Click here for a map.

 Bands

Here are the web sites of some of the bands and musicians that have played for us at our dances. Please support your local musicians!

Áthas and also this link too. Ceol Caírde
Frogwater Rírá Public House Ceili Band
Capitol Ceili Band Myserk Twin Cities Ceili Band

 Contact Us

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To be added to (or removed from) the e-mail list please send a message to the address below. Indicate what address you'd like to add, or remove.
Please also mention if you'd like to be on our local (weekly dances, etc), regional (Monthly dances and larger events), or national (Our largest events, which tend to interest people further away from Milwaukee) list.
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We apologize for the obfuscated contact information above. We have been inundated with spam and drastic measures were required.

 About The Milwaukee Set Dance Club

The Milwaukee Set Dance Club is an unincorporated non-profit association as defined in Chapter 184 of the Statutes of the State of Wisconsin.

 Other Celtic Culture On the Web

General set dance information world-wide is on the Web at www.setdancingnews.net

Irishfest events listing has listings of music, dance and culture outside of Irishfest itself.

The Shamrock Club has a comprehensive listing of events in Milwaukee, with links to calendars for events across Wisconsin and the Midwest.

Short Wikipedia article on set dance.

Updated on 2014-03-12