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Weekly Dancing Continues
at Friends Meeting House
Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

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 Set Dance Classes

No formal classes are planned for the moment. We are very beginner-friendly at our weekday dances and will help you get started, and help you build your skills, or just have fun!

 Weekly Dancing

Weekday Evening Dances: Well, not exactly "weekly" because our
Wednesday evenings dances are held about twice a month (not every Wednesday.) See the schedule below. To get the latest information, sign up for our email list or see our Facebook page. For a mini-flyer with our schedule for winter/spring 2023, Click here

Cost: $5

At the moment, masks are required. This issue is reviewed on an ongoing basis and will be relaxed when appropriate. Please respect our members by continuing to wear a mask at our dances until this requirement is removed. We also ask that only fully COVID-vaccinated persons participate. Thank you.

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.

We generally do not meet the Wednesday after Irish Fest.

Upcoming schedule notes for 2024- all weekday dances start at 7:00 PM unless noted.See the Venues section for locations, parking, and other important information.

January 3, 10, and 24 Milwaukee Friends Meeting 3224 N. Gordon Place, Milwaukee
February 7, 14, 28 Milwaukee Friends Meeting 3224 N. Gordon Place, Milwaukee
February 23-25 Midwinter Weekend Celtic MKE 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave, Wauwatosa WI  53213
March 6, 13, 20 Milwaukee Friends Meeting 3224 N. Gordon Place, Milwaukee
April 3, 10, 17 Milwaukee Friends Meeting 3224 N. Gordon Place, Milwaukee
May 1, 8, 22 Milwaukee Friends Meeting 3224 N. Gordon Place, Milwaukee

Important notes about parking:

  • For The Friends Meeting House, parking can be a bit limited.
    • Consider car pooling where possible.
    • Some on-street parking is available, e,g, Auer Avenue and nearby. Be sure to read and follow the parking signs.
    • During non-school hours, parking is allowed in the Gaenslen School lot,
    • South of the Meeting House, on the right, at the end of Auer Avenue. Follow the sidewalk from the lot to the meeting house.

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

We ask for a free-will offering of five dollars per person each week to offset our rental costs. This is waived for paid class participants.

 Monthly Dances with Live Music

Regular dances are held on most fourth Saturdays 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.

Please Note: There will not be a dance every month; those listed below are the only monthly dances we will hold. Check back here and on Facebook for updates.

Please note: Due to a new ICHC security policy, the doors to the building must remain locked. In general, there will be someone available to open the door- ring the bell to be admitted. Also, the doors at the top of the stairs will be locked. We advise arriving between 6:45 at 7:00, or 7:45-8:00, and having the mobile number of someone who is likely to have already arrived.

Date Event Music  Featured Set
None scheduled at this time.

 Midwinter Set Dance Weekend --  February 23 - 25, 2024 

The Annual Milwaukee Midwinter Set Dance Weekend Returns!

Make plans now to attend the 21st Annual Milwaukee Set Dance Weekend, featuring workshops by dance master Ronan Eastwood and dances with outstanding bands.

NEWS FLASH: Our original instructor has been moved to the injured reserve list! Dance instruction this year will be by the capable and dedicated Ronan Eastwood, a familiar face for many of us.

Download and print:

Music for the Midwinter Weekend provided by:

  • Áthas
  • Steam Irish Quartet
  • The Cosmic Otters


 Other Irish Dancing


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.

The Falcon Bowl is a historic fraternal organization for the Polish community in Milwaukee. We've been privileged to dance there from February to April 2022. The building has been sold, so we will meet at the Milwaukee Friends Meeting House for the foreseeable future.

The Milwaukee Friends Meeting house is our venue for the summer of 2022 and most of 2023, located at 3224 N. Gordon Place, Milwaukee, WI 53212. Map- Milwaukee Friends Meeting House Be advised that parking is limited at the Friends Meeting House. During non-school hours, parking is allowed in the Gaenslen School lot, South of the Meeting House, on the right, at the end of Auer Avenue. Follow the sidewalk from the lot to the meeting house.


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 Twin Cities Ceili Band

 Contact Us

Below, you should see four scrolling graphic images containing email addresses and phone numbers for contacting us.
General Info:
Classes: maintains a low-volume mailing list to keep the set dance community informed of our events and activities.
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.
Email list:

 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

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 2024-01-12