Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

preserving the cultural tradition of Irish ceili and set dancing since 1991


Blarney Notice

In the first Issue of 2020: Say Nothing book discussion, Shannon Tide reunites, celebrations, travels south, and portraits of some of our dogs.

Calendar of EventsCalendar Notice

Our list of what's going on in the Maryland Irish set and ceili dance scene, plus a little more.

St. Patrick's Day 2020 Parade

Hey, Members! Are you interested in marching in the Gaithersburg St. Patrick's Day parade on March 14? It's a lot of fun. We need marchers/dancers, wavers, banner carriers, and coat cart wranglers. Depending on the weather, dress is the RKIDs green polo shirt and fleece jacket, black turtleneck and black pants. If you want to participate, click these links and talk to the parade coordinator (Tom).

Birthdays A Week Around Today

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  • Last Say Nothing book discussion is Wednesday February 26 More info
  • Social Group event: We Banjo 3 concert in Frederick's Weinberg Center on Saturday February 29
  • Capital Irish Film festival, sponsored by Solas Nua and the AFI Theater, on March 2. Several RKIDs plan to go.
  • Blackthorn ceili and potluck. Music by Rambling House: Joe DeZarn, Marc Glickman and Tina Eck. Caller: Larry Frank. It's on Friday March 6.

Dances for the Winter-Spring 2020 Semester

Beginners' Class   Experienced Class
done Sweets of May  video
done High Cauled Cap  video
done Clare Lancers  video
done Caledonian  video
Six-Hand Fairy Reel  video
done Corofin  video
Waltz Cotillion
Gates of Derry  video
Haymaker's Jig  video
Connemara Reel  video
Demo of the Connemara Step
Merchant  video
Clare Plain Set  video
Ballyvourney Jig  video

done indicates a completed dance lesson, but may be periodically reviewed. First class will warm up with simple ceili dances, e.g., Siege of Carrick.

This lesson plan may change.

Dance Instructions

Tap or Hover Here for Our At-A-Glance Winter/Spring 2020 Class Schedule. To print it, you must allow popups on this page. ?

Unless Noted, Classes are at Ridgeview Middle School

Class sessions

Beginners: 7:00 pm - 7:50 pm
Advanced: 8:05 pm - 9:00 pm

Check our Events Calendar for the Latest Info

Winter/Spring 2020 Semester

January 7  
January 14  
January 21 NO CLASS
January 28  
February 4 In Gaithersburg HS Cafeteria
February 11  
February 18 Marilyn Moore substitutes
February 25 Marilyn Moore substitutes
March 3 Pre-Blackthorn ceili review; Blackthorn ceili on Friday 3/6
March 10  
March 17 Mini-Ceili 
March 24  
March 31  
April 14  
April 21  
May 5 In Gaithersburg HS Cafeteria
May 12  
May 19 Mini-Ceili for last class

Quick Steps

Rundown of Recent Major Club Events

The dances we practice are selected from popular MD-DC-VA ceili and set dance group lists as well as other sources. Learn more about us.