Belfast Trad Fest have two upcoming dance workshops, see below for details and link to tickets.

SET DANCING – MARY FOX

Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th February 2024 | 10:30am – 1:00pm | Ulster University, York Street, BT15 1ED

Mary Fox is an esteemed authority on set dancing, and particularly the set dances of Ulster. Having founded the ‘Belfast & District Set Dancing and Traditional Music Society” now ‘Belfast Trad’ in 1990, she has since gone on to teach thousands of dancers and musicians with her brilliant All Set Project. Mary is now at the helm of Fast Trad, a traditional arts programme based in Mid Ulster. This community organisation is attracting all age groups from 6yrs to pensioners on a cross-community basis and continues Mary’s pioneering and important cross-cultural work for the traditional arts in the north of Ireland.

Mary will guide beginners and anyone with experience through the journey of ‘steps for the sets’. Instruction on figures from various sets will focus on the basic and more intricate footwork applicable. She will also teach the Caledonian Set associated with Ulster and Scotland. The workshops will feature live music from Lee Lawson on Smallpipes which will be most fitting for the dances.

No need for a partner, just flat soled shoes (you may prefer hard soled).

SEAN NÓS DANCING – SEOSAMH Ó NEACHTAIN

Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th February 2024 | 10:30am – 1:00pm | Ulster University, York Street, BT15 1ED

A graduate of NUI Galway, Seosamh Ó Neachtain has contributed to rejuvenating the Gaeltacht tradition of sean-nós dancing and is a founding member of the traditional dance show Barr go Sáil/Heel to Toe which has entertained audiences at various festivals such as Tonder Festival, Celtic Connections and the International Dance Festival of Ireland. Seosamh has performed worldwide with some of the finest exponents of traditional music, including Altan, De Dannan, Máirtín O’Connor, Harry Bradley, Jesse Smith, Johnny Connolly, and Róisín Elsafty.

‘He almost hovers, and you almost wonder if he might be able to dance across water …’ – The Irish Times
All classes are designed for intermediate to advanced (minimum 2 years instrument experience) adults and children over 6 years of age, with the exception of Traditional Singing, Set Dancing, Sean Nós Dancing & Whistle & Sing, which are pitched at beginner level while also facilitating the more experienced.