5 pm
$5 per class
All Ages (Adult Must Be Present)

Irish Set Dancing with Joan Benjamin


Before there was Michael Flatley and Riverdance, there were the good ol’ days of Irish dancing. Picture a quaint barn floor covered in hay with the town band playing away as the community came together for some fun. Irish set dancing features a group of dancers huddled arm-in-arm and hand-in-hand (think: Irish square dancing). Our classes are your chance to hit the dance floor for an authentic Irish cultural experience like none other! Come as a single (we’ll find a partner for you!), as a couple, or as a complete group of eight! Dress in clothes you are comfortable moving around in … and for the love of St. Patrick wear some shoes!! (Flip flops and sandals are not your friends here!)

Contact instructor Joan Benjamin at (717) 283-0392 or email joanben256@yahoo.com to register for a class (required) or ask any questions. Only $5 and you will be damcing like a pro! 

Irish set dance, sometimes called “country sets”, is a popular form of folk dancing in Ireland. Set dances are based on quadrilles, which were court dances. These were transformed by the Irish into a unique folk dance of the Irish rural communities. Promotion of Céilí dance during the 1930s and 1940s (abetted by the Public Dance Halls Act of 1935), and the rise of rock and roll in the 1950s caused the popularity of set dancing to fade. However, in the 1980s a revival started and many sets that have not been done for forty years or more are being recovered and danced again.