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.

Click through for notes and videos for each figure.

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.

Options overhaul

In preparation for a messaging system being added to DanceMinder, the user settings system has been overhauled.

Some settings you might not have been aware of are now collected into one place and a few new settings have been added that give you more control over what you see in DanceMinder.

A couple of settings in particular will be of interest to many of you.  The default display for a dance.  You can now set a sticky preference for seeing either the full or crib views for a dance without having to switch once you’re on a dance page.  Choose “None” means that you’ll get the old behavior.

Any time you click on a link with just the name of a dance, it will be displayed using your current default.  If you click on a link that takes you to a specific view, such as Show Crib View, you’ll get that view regardless of your preference.

You can also have DanceMinder save your latest choice as your new default whenever you view a dance using a specific view type.  With this option checked, any time you click on a link that takes you to a specific view type (such as this one, Show Crib View) your sticky preference will change to Crib.  This link Show Full View would change your preference to the Full view.  This option is experimental so let us know how you like it.

The top menu bar has also changed to contain a link to your profile and the dance search page.

Run over to https://danceminder.com/user/options (you’ll need to be logged in) and take a look at all the available settings.

DVD Review – Second Nature

SecondNature

Second Nature is a new Sean Nos (or “single turn dancing”) DVD out by Edwina Guckian featuring a variety of Sean Nos steps from and narratives about country Leitrim, Ireland.

Funded on kickstarter and launched in January 2015, the project met its goals two months later and started shipping in September 2015. Continue reading DVD Review – Second Nature