Date: February 12th 2009

Hello Madison-area Irish dancers,

Just in time for the annual run-up to the St. Pat's frenzy, here's a handy overview of upcoming dance opportunities (and other Celtophile events), in Heidi Hakseth's latest broadcast to her Irish dance followers. You can contact Heidi at hahakseth@gmail.com.

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Here are some Irish dance and music events for you to add to your calendar. I hope you'll be able to make it out for some dancin'! Also, a few of you have expressed interest in going to Milwaukee for various events. If you like, let me know when and maybe we can all arrange some sort of carpooling. No sense having everyone use their gas to go to the same place.

Best,
Heidi

Thursdays ongoing
Irish Drop in Class
$12
7:15-8:15pm
212 N Henry Street
http://www.dancefabulousmadison.com
**If you go to the website you can get a coupon "Buy a Class, Get a Class the Same Day Free." You have to take both classes the same day, but it can be any two classes. Come for African and stay for Irish. Take Irish and stay for Bollywood. Check out Dance Fabulous' website for the full schedule and to get the coupon. You MUST present coupon to cash in on the deal. Coupon is valid through 2/14.

Friday 2/13
International Dance Sampler
Free
3:30-4:30pm
Lathrop Hall on UW-Madison Campus
Dance teachers from UW Continuing Studies will each make brief performance presentations as part of the Friday Forum series in the Dance Dept. If you are free, come check it out. I'll be dancing. So will the Bellydance, tap, Latin, Modern and African teachers.

Saturday-Sunday 2/14-2/15
Celtic Film Festival
FREE!
11:00am-7:00pm
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (in the Overture Center)
http://www.celticmadison.org/events/film-festival.htm
Many award winning films will be shown throughout the day. Come for the films that appeal to you, leave and come back as you please. The full schedule and summaries of each film are on the website. This is going to be awesome!

Saturday 2/21
Irish Ceili Dance
$8.00
7:30-10:00pm or so (band starts at 8:00pm)
Irish Cultural and Heritage Center in Milwaukee
http://www.ichc.net/
The Milwaukee crowd is very friendly. Ceili dancing is very repetitive, so easy to catch on. Always lots of fun!

Friday 2/28
Dervish in Concert with Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill
Price varies
8:00pm
http://uniontheater.wisc.edu/season/dervish.html
Great players. This should be an excellent concert.

Friday-Sunday 2/28 - 3/1
Set Dance Weekend
Cost depends on Events Attended
Irish Cultural and Heritage Center in Milwaukee
http://setmke.org
Go to the website and download the brochure for the whole schedule and costs to attend (you can attend all events or just those that appeal to you, and that affects price).
Friday there is a set dance, Saturday there are workshops all day and a dance at night, Sunday there are workshops and an afternoon dance.
Tony Ryan will be teaching. He is a master teacher from Galway. Music will be provided for Friday and Saturday dances by John Whelan-amazing musician and great for dancing. For the Sunday dance, our own Alan Ng, Chelcy Bowles and Bryan Whiting will be playing away for your dancing pleasure as the new Capitol Ceili Band. If you are available, this event will be well worth the trip to Milwaukee.

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