What Is Irish Set Dancing? It's similar to Square Dancing, a little like Contra and Céilí dancing, but definitely not Riverdance!


Sue Dunlavey and the Seacoast Set Dancers bring their talent, skill, and obvious love for dancing to our 5th Annual YCCAC Ceilidh & Silent Auction at Spring Hill in South Berwick on Friday, November 8, 2019.


You can learn more about the Seacoast Set Dancers here: http://www.seacoastsetdancers.org/about.htm


Sue Dunlavey, Dover, NH - began set dancing in 2000. She has studied under Frank & Denise Holt (Pearl River, NY), Brendan & Glenda Brown (Buffalo, NY), Timmy McCarthy (England), Patrick O'Dea (Ireland), Pat Branigan (NJ/Ireland), Bruce Olens (NJ), Bridie & John DalPizzal (NJ/Ireland), Tony Ryan (Ireland), Anne McCallum (Canada), Kathleen Collins (NY), Regina Delaney (Exeter, NH), Padraig & Roisin McEneaney (Ireland), Aidan Vaughan (Ireland), Ultan Mulcahey (Ireland), and Mick Mulkerrin & Maraid Casey (Ireland). She has taught set dancing to both adults and teenagers in NJ and NH. Sue often attends monthly set dances/céilís run by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCE) and Ceol Traidisiúnta na h-Éireann (CTE) in the Boston area, conventions and weekend workshops, local céilís held in homes, and attends a week-long intensive set dancing class every summer. Sue has participated in several set dancing demonstrations, typically around St. Patrick's Day. Sue has also dabbled in Irish sean nós dancing, studying with Kieran Jordan (Boston), Mick Mulkerrin & Maraid Casey, and Shannon Dunne (Washington DC). She has danced more than 100 different sets in the time she has been dancing. Sue is a member of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCE), and Ceol Traidisiúnta na h-Éireann (CTE).

Bob Dunlavey, Sue's husband, is an avid Irish B/C button accordion player and regularly plays in local and regional sessions and for dancing at céilís in New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, DC, Massachusetts, and you never know where next, even Halifax! He can also set dance! Bob is also a member is a of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCE) Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch - Boston, and Ceol Traidisiúnta na h-Éireann (CTE)