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Greater Washington
Ceili Club


last updated Apr 27, 2015


Celebrating Our 30th Year of Irish Music and Dance






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 Dance Classes   

 sets & ceili dances for brand new  and experienced dancers

Thursday nights in
Silver Spring, MD     
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 Set Dance Workshop  with Patrock O'Dea  
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Feb 26, 2015





  Spring Fling   
Set dance away weekend
and ceilis  
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April 17-18, 2015


 CCE MAD Week
musicians mini-ceili




Cape May
Set Dance Weekend

October 16-18. 2014    link


New Year's  Day Ceili    
Sunday, Jan 1, 2015


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Who We Are and What We Do                                             

The Greater Washington Ceili Club (GWCC) is a non-profit organization, organized and incorporated in 1985, to promote traditional Celtic dance, music, and culture. The club sponsors, supports and encourages ceilis, concerts and other programs for the enjoyment of its members and the community at large. You are invited to become a member, and more fully participate in the following GWCC activities: This year we proudly celebrate 30 years.


 -  We provide 9 monthly dances, including our New Year's event. Our monthly dances always feature live music from the best bands available in the Baltimore / Washington area.  Even if you don't dance, for the  price of admission and a dish, you can share an outstanding potluck dinner and some terrific traditional Irish music.


 -  We co-sponsor a full, year-round program of dance instruction for adults, featuring traditional Irish set dances.  Accommodating new dancers and challenging the experienced, classes provide solid instruction in a non-intimidating atmosphere. We also invite dancers to join us for a mini-ceili once each month to dance to live musicians and highlight some of the dances learned in class, but seldom included in a standard ceili dance list.


 -  We produce the annual  Cape May Dance Weekend (celebrating over 25 years) the best workshop on the East Coast dedicated to Irish traditional dance instruction.  Bringing premier dance instructors from Ireland since the very beginning of the resurgence of traditional Irish country sets, this event continues to be recognized as one of the most intensive weekends of set dancing in the USA, with a total of 7 hours of dance workshops and 8 hours of ceili dancing, plus a concert.  In 2004 we added our Spring Fling Weekend  to our dance calendar.


 -  We also upgrade our regular dance classes into mini-workshops with Patrick O'Dea, Timmy McCarthy, and others as available when passing through this area.


-   We have acquired a Gaelic Language learning program which we make available to our members on a lending basis at no charge. We also have a repository of tune books and a book of collected set dances that are available on loan to members -- take a look at BJ's Bookshelf.

 -  We financially contribute to the sponsorship of  students of  Irish music and dance to study/perform in Ireland through our Frankie Kennedy Memorial Scholarship Program and Irish Cultural Experience Travel Grants.  Also, donations made by the dance classes are used to help support the work of the Frost School and the Melvin J Bermin Academy where we have held our classes in the past.


 -  Our activities have been covered by local media (see articles)


 -  Our dancers perform regularly at the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival, the Potomac Celtic Festival, and the Dublin (Ohio) Irish Festival.  As much as we enjoy the dancing ourselves, we also enjoy the opportunity to share the thrill with the crowds and we include a lot of audience participation in our performances. We are dedicated to promoting the appreciation of traditional Irish music and dancing 


 - We also perform for area seniors throughout the year as a community service. We find it is as rewarding for us as it is entertaining for them.  If you are interested in scheduling a performance/event please email for more details.
 (Please note: the majority of our performers are working adults, so we are generally not available to participate in daytime Mon-Fri events.)


 -  We have provided volunteer workers as well as performers, for local festivals and cultural events.


 -  Finally, there's our monthly Newsletter, In Step, which provides listings of many more Irish events in the area; and there is this GWCC website to maintain our presence on the Internet.


 - Our annual General Membership meeting is usually held preceding the October ceili, at the Cherry Hill Conf Center. The GWCC is governed by elected the Officers and a Board of Directors with assistance of several Committees.



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Greater Washington Ceili Club
PO Box 1703
Silver Spring, MD   20915-1703
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