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Irish Set Dance Lessons (San Francisco)
Free in San Francisco on Thursday nights? Brand new to Irish dance, or looking to improve your skills? Then come to the Irish Cultural Center for fun and friendly dance lessons! Lessons are held at 7:30p every Thursday except the first Thursday of the month. They are taught by one of several local instructors and typically attended by 10-20 other dancers. No prior dance experience of any kind is necessary. You don't need a partner -- there will always be one available -- but feel free to bring one along. You can wear any clothes and shoes that you're comfortable dancing and sweating in, although it's recommended that women avoid wearing heels. Fun fact: Many of your dance classmates will be going to the Plough and Stars Pub (116 Clement St) after lessons end at 9:30, for several more hours of dancing to a live band!

United Irish Cultural Center

2700 45th Avenue · San Francisco, CA

What we're about

This is a Meetup group for everyone interested in Irish dancing in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are not yet a dancer but are curious, join this group for the easiest way to get started! If you are already a dancer, you should join this group to get updates on upcoming events and stay in touch with other dancers.

Set dancing is fun and easy to learn; this is not the performance style dancing you may have seen on "Riverdance." It is a social form of folk dancing that is very beginner friendly, but is also engaging enough to appeal to experienced dancers. So whether you are an experienced dancer looking to try something new, or an absolute beginner who wants to give dancing a try, this group may be for you.

The dances are taught by well-known instructor Michael Murphy, whose teaching is welcoming, inclusive and entertaining. No partner is required -- you will find one there! We recommend low heeled comfortable shoes.

If you would like to see what set dancing looks like, here are a few examples:

It may look complicated if you have never done it before, but the moves and patterns become easy to do with a bit of instruction.

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