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A summer ceili on the Village Green

Martin Nyberg, Marilyn Kleyn and Steve Austin are the Vashon Ceili Band. - Courtesy photo
Martin Nyberg, Marilyn Kleyn and Steve Austin are the Vashon Ceili Band.
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The Vashon Celtic Dance Society and the Vashon Park District are hosting a free summer Irish Ceili Dance on the grass of the Village Green from 6 p.m. to dark Saturday, Aug. 16. The dance will will feature live music by the Vashon Ceili Band (Martin Nyberg, Marilyn Kleyn and Steve Austin).

Alicia Guinn, who teaches sean-nós, set and céilí dancing throughout the Seattle area, will teach and call all the dances. Guinn is one of only a handful of dancers teaching sean-nós dancing in America. She has danced at hundreds of ceilis, festivals and workshops in the United States and Ireland as part of academic exchanges to the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland and National University of Ireland, Galway.

Ceili dancing is a “barn dance” style accessible to nearly everyone. No partner or experience is required. Photos of past dances can be found at For more information, call Shannon Seath Meyer at (206) 774-4047 or Lori Lowrance at (206) 369-9234.

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