Ireland vacations are not complete without some Irish dancing! For fans of traditional Irish dancing and live Irish music, Tralee is the place to be this weekend. This upcoming weekend sees the shindig festival, a weekend of traditional music and set dancing takes place in the Charlton hotel in Tralee (scene of the Rose of Tralee).
Run on the 20-22nd April, the ‘Shindig’ is a fun packed weekend of great Irish music, singing, set dancing, Sean-Nos dancing, storytelling and the occasional pint of Guinness.
Throughout the weekend there are workshops on all aspects and styles of traditional Irish dancing, with classes to suit everyone from complete beginners to more experienced dancers wishing to improve their footwork and specialise in certain dances.
At night time you can practice your skills at a series of ceili, where music will be provided by local musicians. For those on your Ireland vacations at this time who have not previously attended a ceili, then a treat is in store – Ceili dancing is fast, it’s fun and leaving your head whirling and your body exhausted in a good way. No special skills needed except enthusiasm, a sense of fun and a willingness to learn with lots of opportunity for that here. After the ceilis there will be social dancing and sing along sessions in the main bar on Friday and Saturday nights.
As well as the dancing there will be many traditional Irish music sessions planned in the Carlton hotel throughout the 3 days. So for those interested in taking in some traditional irish music and dance, why not take in the festivities in Tralee.