Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

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


Blarney Notice

In the June Edition: Year-End Ceili! Safari! More travel! Plus an outing to a ball game and personal milestones. With two videos.

Calendar of EventsCalendar Notice

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

Birthdays A Week Around Today

Diane M, Elizabeth W

Quick Steps

Ridgeview Rocks
and Reels

Yes, the Fall semester has begun! Most classes will be at Ridgeview Middle School, on the usual Tuesday nights. Your Board of Directors, particularly Treasurer Diane, has come up with a new registration payment system that takes major credit cards. Very convenient! And the fees have not changed. If you just want to renew your annual membership and not enroll, click here.

The Directors play a major role in keeping us going, so please consider joining them! Elections will be held at the September 24th annual meeting and class. Contact Maura, Kate or Bill if you are interested.

Dances for the Semester

Beginners' Class   Experienced Class
done North Kerry  video
done Moycullen  video
Merchant  video
Antrim Square  video
Clare Plain Set  video
Paris  video

done indicates completed dance lesson, may be periodically reviewed

This lesson plan may change.

Dance Instructions

Tap or Hover Here for Our At-A-Glance Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 Class Schedule. To print it, you must allow popups on this page. ?

All 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


Fall 2019 Semester

Date Notes
September 10
September 17
September 24 7 - 7:30: Annual Membership Meeting,  abbreviated dance class follows
October 1
October 8
October 15
October 22 LOCATION IS TO BE ANNOUNCED, but it won't be Ridgeview MS. Blackthorn ceili is Saturday, Oct. 26.
October 29
November 5 Marilyn Moore substitutes
November 12
November 19
December 3
December 10 Mini-Ceili for last Fall class

Winter/Spring 2020 Semester

January 7  
January 14  
January 21  
January 28  
February 4  
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  
May 12  
May 19 Mini-Ceili for last class
Labor Day 2019

Ever-astute member Kathryn G. recommends this course, presented by the Bernard Osher Lifelong Learning Institute:

Course Name:Irish Fiction and Films
Dates and Times:Fridays, Sept 20 - Dec 13, 2019 (no class 11/29), 1 - 3 pm
Location:Ingleside, 701 King Farm Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850
Taught By:George Clack
Fee:$135 (for Non-Ingleside Residents) This fee includes a membership in the Ingleside Osher program. As a member you are also eligible (for no additional fee) to take a second class, The Caravaggio Revolution, which will be held Friday mornings at the same location and the same dates.
Websites:Course Summary, Osher Institute Info
Course Description

For a small country with a long, sad history of oppression and repression, Ireland has produced an astonishing number of great writers. In this 12-week course we’ll read and discuss six works of fiction. Four are recent, critically acclaimed novels, but first we’ll consider two classics that are central to the modern Irish tradition - James Joyce’s 1914 short story collection Dubliners and Edna O’Brien’s 1960 novel The Country Girls. The other works for this course are: Love and Summer by William Trevor (2000), Nora Webster by Colm Toibin(2015), The Green Road by Anne Enright (2015), A novel to be selected from works by John Banville, Molly Keane, John McGahern, or Sally Rooney. During class sessions between book discussions, we’ll watch a classic Irish film, drawn from the likes of Man of Aran, The Quiet Man, Young Cassidy, The Commitments, The Dead, Bloody Sunday, Michael Collins, and The Magdalene Sisters.

Images of Our St. Patrick's Month Activities

St. Patrick's Day Parade
at the Washingtonian Center
Four shows by the Performance Group including the Irish Arts Celebration at the Kentlands Mansion ... Blackthorn Ceili ... Parade at the Washingtonian Center ... Party at the O'Briens' ... St. Patrick's Day brunch at Lahinch ... it was an awesome month of Irish fun. Check out our photo album and special edition of Blarney.

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.