Originally known as the Cape May Dance Weekend, repairs at the Cape May Convention Hall many years ago necessitated a move across the Delaware River to nearby Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Staying in Rehoboth Beach inspired a renaming -- we are now the GWCC Fall Fling, and for over 30 years we're still welcoming dancers and traditional music enthusiasts from all across the United States, as well as from Canada and Ireland. If you're interested and life finds you elsewhere in the world, please consider taking a trip to join in the fun!
We will again be learning from Irish set dance masters Pádraig & Róisín McEneany, who have been our instructors for over 20 years, and we're proud to have them back in 2019. They will lead two Saturday workshops (morning and early afternoon) and one more on Sunday morning. These popular instructors have a warm and engaging teaching style that appeals to beginners and experienced dancers alike.
Our instructors choose the dances to be taught at our workshops close to the event weekend, but be assured we'll be happily busy! Those who register for the Events Package will receive details on workshop dances by email before the weekend; and, as always, dance notes for all dances taught in the workshops will be available on the Dance Notes page of our website after the weekend. See our dance notes page for all dances taught at our event since 2015.
What good would dance instruction be without the chance to enjoy it? We start things off with a bang -- an opening ceili on Friday night with a program filled with popular set dances. The Friday ceili program will include a dance or two from previous years’ workshops -- no worries, refresher notes are on our Dance Notes page! The Saturday night ceili means more dances, including an opportunity to put what we learned during the day to the test; the workshop dances done at the Saturday evening ceili will be called. Dance lists for both ceilis will be announced closer to our weekend.
Understanding that exceptional live music is essential to any set dancing event, we invite talented and renowned traditional musicians to play for us. Fortunately, the mid-Atlantic region is blessed with many, many talented musicians! The 2019 ceilis will again feature the lively tunes from the Fling Ceili Band: Brendan Dolan, Bernadette Fee, Michael Fee, Linda Hickman, and John Nolan.
Rest assured we'll continue the popular Social Hour & Session with the Band after the Saturday afternoon workshop. Bring your instrument! If you don't play an instrument you can enjoy the tunes while chatting with friends old and new. While admission and a drink are included with the Events Package, a cash bar will also be available. We're looking forward to enjoying a time for all to cool down, have some refreshments and mingle.
Unscheduled time can be used to explore all that Rehoboth Beach offers! Enjoy the beach/boardwalk, walk around town, shop tax-free at local shops and outlets, and eat at the many great nearby restaurants. See our Explore Rehoboth Beach page for more info about all things Rehoboth Beach.