Dance Of The Week – Rakes of Mallow

The dance for this week is a relatively easy Irish ceili dance that’s good for beginners and experienced dancers alike.  The Rakes of Mallow is a classic Ar Rince Foirne dance that you can find being danced pretty much world-wide.  Click through for notes and video links.

Dance Of The Week – Haymakers Jig

The dance for this week is an easy to learn ceili dance from Ar Rince Foirne called the Haymakers Jig.  It’s got plenty of swinging and opportunities to work together as a group.  The Link Arms movement will keep you on your toes.

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Dance Of The Week – Sliabh Luachra

The Dance Of The Week this week is the Sliabh Luachra, a lively Irish set dance that is easier to dance than it is to say.  The signature body movement takes only a moment to learn and presents lots of opportunities for battering, especially in the final figure.  It’s a popular dance that’s done frequently throughout the world.

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Dance Of The Week – Gates of Derry

The Dance Of The Week this week is the Gates Of Derry, an Ar Rince Foirne dance that takes a bit of practice to get right but isn’t as difficult as most descriptions make it sound.  The hardest part is not switching up the telescope and gates since the gates look more like a telescope than the telescope does.

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Dance Of The Week – The Bonfire Dance

The Dance Of The Week for this week is a fun Irish ceili dance that can be danced with any number of couples and is most fun when you can fill a room with dancers.  The Bonfire Dance is one of the 30 dances found in Ar Rince Foirne.  Click through for notes and video.

DOTW: The Three Tunes

This is an Ar Rince Foirne ceili dance that you won’t find danced frequently but is fun to do.  It’s danced with eight people in a square formation and there are three different tunes used, Haste to the Wedding, Leslie’s Hornpipe and The German Beau. Click through for notes and video links.