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.

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


Local Area Dance Listing

Below you will find the non-pandemic norm for dances around the San Francisco Bay Area. However, during the pandemic, all dancing is on hold.

San Francisco - On Thursdays, CCÉ hosts set dancing classes at the UICC from 7:30 pm to 9.15 pm. Cost: $5. This is followed by more dancing at the Plough and Stars from 9.30 pm to 11:30 pm -- except for the first Thursday of the month when there is no class, just dancing at the Plough and Stars from 8.00 pm - 11.00 pm ~ $5 donation suggested. Contact (415) 264-8856 for more information.

South Bay/Peninsula - Tuesday night set dancing (with a smidgen of céilí style) at Lilly Mac’s in Sunnyvale (upstairs); 187 S. Murphy Avenue between Evelyn and Washington Avenues. It is every Tuesday; 8-10pm; There will be no set dancing on November 26th, December 24th or December 31st. Suggested donation is $7. Mostly live bands. Contact (415) 999-6062 for more information.

North Bay - Mary McDonagh and Mícheál Minihane teach set dancing on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at Brosnan School of Irish Dance in San Anselmo from 7-9pm. There is a $5 donation suggested for this class. Mary and Mícheál also teach at the Redwood Cafe in Cotati on the second and fourth Wednesday. Contact or for more information.

East Bay - Starry Plough in Berkeley hosts céilí dancing on Mondays. Lessons from 7-9pm and dancing to live music from 9-11pm. Contact or See calendar page for address, phone number and web page for all venues.