Updates to DanceMinder search

In addition to the back-end simplification for adding Contra dances (which has resulted in even more being added in the last few days) we’ve made some additions to the search capability in DanceMinder.

  • You can now search on the Fun and Difficulty ratings for a dance.  Select what you are interested in from one or more of the drop down controls and DanceMinder will return dances with the rating you’ve selected.  Keep in mind that DanceMinder will return a combination of all the filters that have been applied.  If you need to start fresh, just click on the Reset filters link.

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If a dance doesn’t show up based on the difficulty or fun rating you’ve chosen that means that the dance either hasn’t been rated, or there haven’t been enough ratings given.  You might need to get out there and do some rating of  your own!

After St. Patrick’s season has concluded, we’ll make another modification to this search so that any dance rated higher than or equal to the level you’ve chose will show up in the results.  For now, it’s just equal to.

  • Text search has been expanded to include the figure and movement descriptions so that you’ll now see many more hits when searching on things like “christmas” or other words that typically only appear in the movement titles or descriptions.

DOTW: An Rince Mor

The Dance Of The Week for this week is a well known ceili dance An Rince Mor.  It’s danced throughout the world for competition and fun and is an easy dance to learn.  It’s a dance that’s good for any number of couples and especially fun when you have a large hall filled with spinning people.
Click through for notes and video.  Also don’t forget that shorter crib notes are available (for all dances) for use on the floor or any time you need a quick reference.

DOTW: The Connemara Reel Set

The Dance Of The Week for this week is a classic Irish set dance The Connemara Reel Set.  It’s danced throughout the world and features some battering that takes practice to get right but is well worth the time.  Click through for notes, videos and music references.