2017 Dance Workshops

Dance workshops and Sunday Ceili sponsored by Bridie's Irish Faire in Newport Oregon" http://www.bridiesirishfaire.com.

Dance Workshops:

Saturday, 11/11, 2017 - Dance Workshops (Dance workshops are 10.00 admission or free with weekend or day pass)

  • 12:00 noon  - 1:00 pm Lions Club - Kelsey Wilson - Old Style Irish Step Dance (adults)
  • 1:00 - 1:45 pm Lions Club - Kelsey Wilson - Children's Dance Workshop(Free to under 18)
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 Lions Club  - Maldon Meehan - Irish Sean-Nos Dance (adults)

Sunday, 11/12, 2017 - Irish Céilí
Maldon Meehan caller with  Na Rosai
11:30 am - 1:00 pm. - Yachats Commons
Admission free

Dance Performances

Kelsey Wilson will perform with Na Rosai
7:00 pm Friday  -Yachats  Commons
3:00 pm Saturday - Yachats Commons

Maldon Meehan Performs
11:30 - 12:00 Saturday - Yachats Commons


An Irish social dance gathering is called a Céilí Dance. Céilí Dances can have either Set dances and/or Céilí Dances at them.  Similar to a contra dance, a Céilí Dance has live music and a caller and each dance is walked through before it is danced to live music.

CÉILÍ DANCE LESSON  (taught prior to the Sunday Céilí and will cover a few traditional dances).

Céilí or figure dances were originally danced at house dances in Ireland.  Céilí dances range in the number of participants (2 hands, 4 hands, 6 hands, 8 hands, 16 hands or more).  The majority of the dances are danced in jig or reel time.

Set Dance

Explore the most popular form of traditional social dancing in Ireland today.  We will learn the basics of Irish Set Dancing.  Sets are dance in square formation with intricate and rhythmic footwork. Learn to dance to reels, jigs, slides, polkas and hornpipes.

Sean-Nos Dance

Sean-nós dance is very different from the Irish step dance most people are used to seeing.  Sean-nós literally meaning old-style is a highly improvisational, low to the ground, rhythmic dance form.  Unlike Irish step dancers, Sean-nós dancers swing their hips and use their arms as forms of expressing the music.  Traditionally a dancer danced solo on the hardwood of a half door or the round top of a barrel; as a result the steps are confined to a small space.  In Sean-nós dance, the dancer is tied closely with the musician and the music.  The dancer interprets the music.

Maldon Meehan

Maldon Meehan is a performer, teacher and scholar of Irish Sean-nós and set dance. She holds a BA in Irish Studies/Theater Arts from The Evergreen State College and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Maldon has over 18 years experience dancing, teaching and performing and she is a 2008 Regional Arts and Cultures grant recipient.

As a sean-nós dancer, Maldon has appeared on the nationally televised 2005 Oireachtas at the Cork Opera House in Cork City, (TG4) as well as on Connemara Community Radio and Raidió na Gaeltachta (RTÉ) in Ireland. She placed 3rd in the 2005 Comórtas Chóilín Sheáin Dharach, a sean-nós jig competition held annually in Connemara. In 2005 Maldon Meehan and Ronan Regan released an instructional DVD of Sean-nós dance; today the DVD has been sold in more than 17 countries.

Maldon has studied sean-nós dance with Róisín Ní Mhainín, Pádraig Ó hOibicín, Mulkerrin, Mairéad Casey, Pádraig and Gearóid Ó Dubhain. She has performed on stage with Johnny B Connolly, Dale Russ, Hanz Araki, Kevin Burke, Danu, Jackie Daily, Ronan Regan and Kieran Jordan.

Maldon has performed and/or taught at the Boffin Arts Festival (Ireland), the Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp (Washington), Aladdin Theater (Oregon), Irish Connections Festival (Massachusetts), Sean-nós Milwaukee (Wisconsin) and the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College (Massachusetts).  She is a founding member of Sean-nós Northwest, a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting dance, song and language in the Pacific Northwest.

Maldon Meehan currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she teaches weekly classes, performs and tours nationally.

Ireland has a rich tradition of step dances whose lineage can be traced back to the 18th and 19th centuries.  Traveling dance masters codified and taught step dances that are characterized by percussive, precise footwork and relaxed upper body.

We will learn one of the old-style step dances passed down from the era of the great dance masters.  Please bring a water bottle, wear comfortable clothing and smooth-soled shoes that allow your feet to glide over the floor.  Recording devices are encouraged as there will be an opportunity to video the dance at the end.

Kelsey Wilson

Kelsey grew up Northern California and has been dancing all her life. Her love for movement started with dancing to her father’s records and ballet lessons encouraged by her mother. She has studied various dance styles throughout the years, such as ballet, tap, flat footing, modern, jazz, and aerial arts. Kelsey started Irish step dance at the age of 12, going on to compete in regional, national and world competitions. Her passion for Sean-nós dance began while completing her B.A. in Theatre Arts at CSU Chico. Kelsey has studied with many top performers, including Nic Gareiss, Kieran Jordan, Kevin Doyle, Siobhán Butler, Alicia Guinn and Ben Power. Kelsey currently performs with the Stomptowners in Portland, OR.