Workshop with Patrock O'Dea
Dublin Ireland flyer
Feb 26, 2015
dance away weekend
April 17-18, 2015
Set Dance Weekend
October 16-18. 2015 link
(mail-in form to print and
online registration available)
New Year's Day Ceili
Sunday, Jan 1, 2015
Irish Set Dance
Irish Ceili Dance
Online Dance Notes
|Who We Are and What We Do
The Greater Washington Ceili Club (GWCC) is a non-profit
organization, organized and incorporated in 1985, to promote
traditional Celtic dance, music, and culture. The club sponsors,
supports and encourages ceilis, concerts and other programs for the
enjoyment of its members and the community at large. You are invited to
become a member, and more fully
participate in the following GWCC activities: This year we proudly
celebrate 30 years.
- We provide 9 monthly dances,
including our New Year's event. Our monthly dances always feature live
music from the best bands available in the Baltimore / Washington area.
Even if you don't dance, for the price of admission and a
dish, you can share an outstanding potluck dinner and some terrific traditional Irish music.
- We co-sponsor a full,
year-round program of dance instruction for adults, featuring
traditional Irish set dances. Accommodating new dancers and
challenging the experienced, classes provide solid instruction in a
non-intimidating atmosphere. We also invite dancers to join us for a mini-ceili once each month to dance
to live musicians and highlight some of the dances learned in class,
but seldom included in a standard ceili dance list.
- We produce the annual Cape May Dance Weekend (celebrating over 25
years) the best workshop on the East Coast dedicated to Irish
traditional dance instruction. Bringing premier dance instructors
from Ireland since the very beginning of the resurgence of traditional
Irish country sets, this event continues to be recognized as one
of the most intensive weekends of set dancing in the USA, with
total of 7 hours of dance workshops and 8 hours of ceili dancing, plus
a concert. In 2004 we added our Spring Fling Weekend to our
- We also upgrade our regular dance classes into mini-workshops
with Patrick O'Dea, Timmy McCarthy, and others as available when
passing through this area.
- We have acquired a Gaelic Language
learning program which we
make available to our members on a lending basis at no charge. We also
have a repository of tune books and a book of collected set dances that
are available on loan to members -- take a look at BJ's Bookshelf.
- We financially contribute to the sponsorship of
students of Irish music and dance to study/perform in
Ireland through our Frankie Kennedy
Memorial Scholarship Program and Irish
Cultural Experience Travel Grants. Also, donations made
by the dance classes are used to help support the work of the Frost
School and the Melvin J Bermin Academy where we have held our classes
in the past.
- Our activities have been covered by local media (see articles)
- Our dancers perform regularly at the Southern
Maryland Celtic Festival, the Potomac Celtic Festival, and the Dublin
(Ohio) Irish Festival. As much as we enjoy the dancing ourselves,
we also enjoy the opportunity to share the thrill with the
crowds and we include a lot of audience participation in our
performances. We are dedicated to promoting the appreciation of
traditional Irish music and dancing
- We also perform for area seniors throughout the
year as a community service. We find it is as rewarding for us as it is
entertaining for them. If you are interested in scheduling a
performance/event please email for more details.
note: the majority of our performers
are working adults, so we are generally not available to participate in
daytime Mon-Fri events.)
- We have provided volunteer workers as well as
performers, for local festivals and cultural events.
- Finally, there's our monthly Newsletter, In Step, which provides
listings of many more Irish events in the area; and there is this GWCC website to maintain
presence on the Internet.
- Our annual General Membership meeting is usually held preceding
the October ceili, at the Cherry Hill Conf Center. The GWCC is governed
by elected the Officers and a Board of Directors
with assistance of several Committees.
To become a GWCC Member - print this form