Date: January 14th 2008

Dear Madison-area Irish dancers,

Local Irish dance teacher Heidi Hakseth just put together a summary of news about our local Irish dance scene (thanks, Heidi!), which seems appropriate to re-broadcast to you:

There are now several options* in Madison for adults who want to try
their hand (feet?) at Irish Dance. Here's the low-down:

Irish Set Dancing
2nd & 4th Thursdays every month
7:00pm - 9:00 or 9:30pm
No partner or experience required
Free, Live Music
Froth House - 11 N. Allen St. (just off Regent, near West High School)
Contact Bryan (258-9732) or Alan ( for info

Irish Dance Survey
Thursdays 1/17 - 3/13
6:00pm - 7:00pm
No partner or experience required
Shorewood Hills Elementary School Gymnasium (just off University, near
Atlanta Bread)
$32.00 - to register

Irish Dance Drop In
Wednesdays ongoing
5:30pm - 6:30pm
No partner or experience required
Dance Fabulous Studio - 212 N. Henry St. (Just off State St., behind
Overture Center)
$12.00 drop in / $10.00 with pre-paid 10-Class Pass

Irish Step Dance
Wednesdays 1/30 - 5/7
7:30pm - 8:30pm
No partner or experience required
122 State St., 3rd Floor Studio (on State St., near the capitol &
Michelangelo's Coffee)
$106.00 - to register

For ALL Irish dance classes, dressing comfortably and bringing smooth
soled shoes is recommended. Bringing a water bottle is also not a bad

Hope to see you dancing!

Set Dance - Social dancing to up-tempo Irish music (yes, there is such
a thing as Irish polka!). Done in groups of 8. Looks a bit like
American Square Dancing to outsiders, but is much cooler than that.
Lots of fun with very friendly and knowledgeable instructors.

Irish Dance Survey - A little taste of everything Irish: solo step
dance, a bit of set dance and a few larger group (ceili) dances.
Class will keep building each week, starting very simple and getting
more complex as the session goes on. But emphasis is always on fun.

Irish Dance Drop In - Ceili and step dance basics. Fresh class each
week. Guaranteed good time and good workout. Ideal for those with
busy schedules who want to move to Irish music, but can't commit to an
ongoing class.

Irish Step Dance - Class learns a jig, a reel and a hornpipe (two soft
shoe, one hard shoe solo respectively). Exposure to both modern and
old style step dancing. Geared toward beginners-no prior experience
assumed, but students who have taken the class before are always
welcome to join again.

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