Set and Céilí Dancing

There is a lot of Irish set and céilí dancing here in the Bay Area. Listed below are the main events that are scheduled on a regular basis. In addition to the events listed below, there are also other non-scheduled ceilis and dance workshops happening in the area. For these special events, you should check out our calendar or our events page for more details.

There are also a great deal of dancing resource and information sites on the web. Check out our dancing resource page. There you will find links to other sites, and a listing of local step dance schools.

Local Area Dance Listing

San Francisco - Set dancing has resumed at the Plough & Stars Bar on Clement Street on Thursday nights. First Thursday will be from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm and every other Thursday 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm. There is a $10 charge. Contact Michael Murphy at or 415-999-6062 for more information or watch out for an email from Josephine Brogan.

Berkeley -- The Starry Plough has a vibrant and always busy venue for Ceili dancing in Berkeley including lessons from 7-9pm and dancing 9-11pm with live musicians on Monday Nights. Cost $5/person. The community is open and welcoming to all!

North Bay - Set Dancing classes are happening in San Anselmo on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm pm at their new location, The Isabel Cook Community Center, 1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. San Anselmo. $10/person requested donation to help pay for the space. Tea and treats are served after the dance. We verify numbers in the days prior to each class via an email response, and we will not hold class if we have fewer than 12 confirmed attendees. Email with questions or to be added to the email list.

Peninsula - Céilís happen at Alhambra Irish House in Redwood City, 831 Main Street, Redwood City 94063, on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 8 pm to 10 pm and the 4th Sunday of the month from 5 pm to 7 pm. Live music. $10 donation for the band. Good food and drink and a welcoming staff. Contact Michael Murphy for information at

We also have available here the descriptions (instructions) of some of the set and céilí dances that we do here on a regular basis.

Set Dances

The Baile Bhúirne Jig Set
The Borlin Set
The Caledonian Set
The Castle Set (modern version)
The Castle Set (traditional version)
The Clare Lancers
The Corofin Plain Set
The Connemara Set
The Clare Orange and Green Set<
The Plain Set
The Derradda Set
Labasheeda Set
The Mazurka Set
The Newport Set
The Paris Set
The Skibbereen Set
The Sliabh Luachra Set
The Televara Set
The Valentia Right and Left Set
The Waltz Cotillion