Irish Music & Dance Workshops Finland

Midsummer Irish Music & Dance
Espoon Tanssiopisto 17-18.6.23

SUNDAY 18.6.23

11:15-12:00 – Introduction to Irish Dance

This class will cover the basics of Irish dancing as well as some simple team ‘céilí’ dances. This class is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and a fun way to learn for complete beginners or those with some previous experience.

12:00-13:15 – Céilí Class

These classes are for dancers of all levels. If you are not currently attending Irish dancing classes or are familiar with basic Irish and/or céilí dancing you are encouraged to attend the free intrdouction class at 11:15. A variety of céilí dances will be covered in the class in preparation for the Céilí Club.

Dances will include:

Walls of Limerick
Siege of Ennis
Shoe the Donkey
Humours of Bandon
Fairy Reel
Lannigan’s Ball
Sweets of May

13:15-14:30 – Drum & Dance

Join us for this special collaborative workshop combining hard shoe Irish dance and percussion instruments. This class is suitable for traditional and non-traditional percussion instruments (bódhran, cajon, tambourine, spoons, triangle) and dancers with basic Irish, tap (or similar) dance training. All welcome! Choreography & percussion combinations suitable for both novice and experienced musicians and dancers of any style or genre.

15:00-16:15 – Céilí Music

This class is open to both members of the European Irish Music Ensemble & non-members. Céilí tunes such as polkas, reels and jigs will be practiced as speeds and arrangements for céilí dancing in preparation for the Céilí Club.

Tunes will include:
Kerry Polka,
Maid of Ardagh
Ryans Polka
Father O’Flynn (jig)
Tripping Up The Stairs (jig)
Sweets of May (jig)
Shoe the Donkey

16:30-18:00 – Céilí Club

This is a great opportunity for musicians and dancers to come together and enjoy some céilí dancing to live music. This ‘club’ welcomes all musicians and dancers (members and non-members). A great way to finish of a great day of Irish music and dance in a fun and welcoming environment.

SATURDAY 17.6.23

Rince Revontulet

These classes/rehearsals are for members of Rince Revontulet. These classes will review steps from online classes as well as show choreography for upcoming performances) . For more information regarding attending these classes or becoming a member of our performance group Rince Revontulet please Say Hello.

European Irish Music Ensemble

These classes/rehearsals are for members of the European Irish Music Ensemble. These classes will review music from online classes and performance pieces. For more information regarding attending these classes or becoming a member please Say Hello.

Director / Instructor – Mark Hennessey MPhil BSc TCRG – Dublin, Ireland

Mark Hennessey Musical Director European Irish Music Ensemble
Photo by Tero Turunen

Mark Hennessey is a musician/composer from Dublin Ireland. A multi-instrumentalist, he has toured in various productions such as Lord of the Dance as well as residing in Busch Gardens Virginia and Planet Hollywood Resort Las Vegas. He composes both electronic and acoustic music (or a combination of both) ranging from solo pieces to full ensemble/orchestral works.

As well as teaching music and dance classes worldwide, Mark has also previously lectured in Visual Music on the MPhil Music & Media Technologies course in Trinity College Dublin.

His work has been broadcast on both regional and national radio stations such as RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Newstalk and Raidió na Life as well as performed live in the National Concert Hall in Dublin. His music has also been performed live by the Young Dublin Symphonia and the world renowned Crash Ensemble.


Prices for classes can be found below. You can book tickets via Eventbrite (charges apply). Tickets are available from 23.5.23 and can be purchased at the link below. All tickets are per person.

Introduction to Irish DanceFREE
Rince Revontulet Members Only*
European Irish Music EnsembleMembers Only*
Rince Revontulet & EIME Members Only*
Drum & Dance (includes céilí club)€30
Céilí Class (includes céilí club)€30
Céilí Music (includes céilí club)€30
Céilí Club Only (if not attending any classes)€20
Full Day Pass Sunday (all classes)€50
*These classes are included in monthly membership fees.