Dance Of The Week – An Rince Mor

The Dance Of The Week for this week is a very easy Irish ceili dance An Rince Mor or The Big Dance.  It’s a round dance for four couples though in a ceili setting you can easily make the circle as big as you like.  You just need an even number of dancers.

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Dance Of The Week – Cross Of The Commons

The Dance Of the Week for this week is the Cross Of The Commons set, an Irish set dance recently composed by Joan Pollard Carew in memory of her father Jackie Pollard.

The dance is short (only 3 figures) and easy to learn and has a few unusual moves to keep you interested.

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Dance Of The Week – Trip To The Cottage

For this week we’ve got an Ar Rinci Foirne ceili dance that will take some practice to get right but when done all the way through will give you a decent workout.  Trip To The Cottage is danced with 4 couples in a square formation and has four major movements to keep you thinking.  Remember, get those feet up!

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Dance Of The Week – Foraer A Neaintin

The dance for this week is an easy, but fun Irish set dance that’s also known as the Connemara Jig set.  Foraer A Neaintin was originally danced as a half-set and you’ll often find that the first three figures are shortened to omit the second tops and sides repeats. Some people just want to get to the next dance I suppose.  Click through for notes and links to video and music references.

Dance Of The Week – Labasheeda Reel Set

This week we’ve got an Irish set dance from county Clare called the Labasheeda Reel Set, sometimes just the Reel Set.  Make sure you get a good breakfast because this set has up to 7 figures.

Why “up to?”  Because figure 5 has a variation that is sometimes danced along with the others.  In any case, you’ll want to confer with the rest of your set to decide which version of figure 5 you’ll be doing if they’ll only be doing one of them.

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The following video includes both versions of figure 5

New dances – Aherlow & Padeen O’Rafferty

The Aherlow Set is an Irish set that you don’t find danced too often but it’s got a good mix of tune types and is one that will keep you thinking.  Padeen O’Rafferty is an Irish ceili dance that’s an interesting mix of moves from several other dances (Walls of Limerick comes to mind).  They’re all easy moves and this would be a good choice if you want something just a little different.