Date: October 8th 2007

Dear Madison-area Irish dancers,

Irish set dancing is about to return to Madison on a regular basis! Starting this Thursday, Oct. 11, there will be bi-monthly dances. Event details are at the end of this message.

You are receiving this alert because you are on the general Irish-dance news list for the Madison area (there is a separate list for people specifically interested in Irish set dancing).

You are all welcome to come and learn more about Irish set dancing, which is the adult social dance form commonly seen in modern Ireland, dating back to the 19th century. It combined the traditions of older Irish dances and music with French quadrilles (four couples dancing in a small square of space), and its very much alive and well among Irish people today, and with a worldwide following, too.

If you are interested in getting regular notices about these dances, please subscribe yourself to the separate Irish set-dancing e-mail list here:

You can also learn more about the background of Irish set dancing - and the extent of its worldwide activity - here:


Mark your calendars for the 2nd and 4th Thursdays every month, at 7:00 pm, at the Froth House. Thanks to the efforts of Bryan Whiting and the strong interest of the operators of the Froth House, we are all invited, starting on October 11, to show up at The Froth House twice a month for Irish set dancing with a wood floor, live traditional dance music (except for recorded music during the instruction phase), a full bar and cafe menu, and comfy seating in the same room. The management normally closes up at 8 pm, but they have agreed to stay open for this event at least until 9 pm, and maybe even as late as 9:30 pm.

There will be instruction for the first hour or so every time. This, plus, the new bimonthly schedule, should really help keep things going long-term more than the old way did. For the initial Oct. 11 dance, Bryan Whiting will lead all beginners through the basics of Irish set dancing. As we go along, there are plans afoot to set up a rotating crew of instructors at these dances, including Jo Dupuis from Milwaukee this fall!

The Froth House is at 11 N. Allen St., just off of Regent St. More details about the Froth House are here:

Bryan wonders whether Thursday is a good night for people - if there will be a future change in the date formula, I will post an update to this list, too.

Bryan can be reached at 258-9732. And relevant links and dance info are always available at:


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