GWCC is the only set dance class that continues through the summer.
COVID guidelines mean proof of vaccination + booster(s) and mask wearing is required
Classes for summer 2022 start on June 9, and run through Aug 11.
7:00-8:00 pm basic steps/dances
8:00-9:30 pm advanced dances
The price is only $50 for the whole summer (covers all nine classes).
Class meets at the Pinecrest Park Building near 4 Corners in Silver Spring.
The address is 301 St. Lawrence Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20901.
This is just off University Blvd, between Colesville Rd and the Beltway.
If you are using public transportation, take Metrorail to Wheaton and either C2 or C4 bus East.
Some basic information about our program
Our classes are friendly and fun! Set and ceili dances are social dances – we try to maintain that attitude in class. The group includes a mix of adult novice and experienced dancers. Instruction is flexible in pace and content, the instructor reviewing or moving on as appropriate.
We focus on traditional Irish country sets, but include some ceili dances as well. The 7pm class is best for new dancers, but they are welcome to stay and watch (and even participate in) the 8pm class, where the students have more experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are set and ceili dances?
* Set dances: dancers are usually arranged in a square – like in American square dances; and the dances are composed of several parts [figures] with a brief break in between each figure.
* Ceili dances: danced in a variety of formations and often progressive – a relatively simple pattern is repeated as dancers move through the group, or square set as above.
What do I need for class?
First … you do NOT need a partner!
Wear comfortable clothes – you will be pretty active in class.
We recommend comfortable shoes with smooth soles (leather/synthetic) that will stay securely on your feet – this allows for smooth movement around the floor, especially when swinging.
(Tennis/athletic shoes are not recommended – they tend to stick instead of slide.)
Water is provided.
What does it cost?
$50 We offer 3 seasons/year: Fall (Sept-Dec), Spring (Jan-May) and Summer (June-Aug), (approx. 10-15 classes/season); classes cancelled in case of inclement weather are not rescheduled. $60 payment can be made during class in cash or by check (payable to GWCC).
In addition, we invite a $5 donation (at the door) for a monthly mini-ceili held on the 3rd Thursday of each month (in lieu of the 8pm class). Attendance at mini-ceilis is optional, but encouraged.
What is a mini-ceili?
Our monthly mini-ceili on the 3rd Thursday of the month is a casual opportunity for all students to practice what they’ve learned and have fun! Dances include favorite standards and dances being learned in class.
The 7pm class is held as usual; then, starting at 8pm, several musicians from the local community play for us as we dance until 10pm — we ask for a $5 donation/person to compensate the musicians. We also share snacks/refreshments potluck style. Participation is optional, and mini-ceilis are open to anyone — bring your friends!
Still have questions?
Please feel free to contact Paul O’Donnell at irishGWCC@aol.com, 301-649-6410.