The dance for this week is an easy two hand that’s good for formal dances as well as more energetic ceili’s. You can dance it straight with as much decorum as you like, or raise the energy level up a few notches and give yourself a dancing workout.
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You’re an Irish dancer and you’ve run across a music session in which the players have got some serious craic going on. The music is making your feet move on their own and you can’t stand it anymore. You’ve got to get up and dance. You jump up, perhaps even pull some fellow dancers along and begin dancing.
But stop. Before you head over to join the musicians, consider the following.
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The dance for this week is one that we have two versions of on DanceMinder. The Gay Gordons here and here.
This is a very easy two-hand dance that can be used when you have new dancers as well as when you want to warm up some dancers at the beginning or let them cool off at the end of a night of dancing.
The featured dance for this week is the Kenmare Polka Set, also known as the Black Valley Set, it’s a relatively easy set with some great opportunities for battering with a number of polka, slide and hornpipe figures.
The dance of the week for this week is a ceili dance called the High Cauled Cap. It’s a relatively easy (that being relative and all) dance that when danced high can be used as a work-out or when danced low as a very good warm-up. You’ll find it danced at pubs and ceilis throughout the world and if you make it to a North American Comhaltas convention you’re definitely going to encounter it. Be prepared to do the body every time!
Hello everyone, the latest dance to be added to DanceMinder is the Port Fairy Set by Fay MacAlinden. Click through for figure notes (remember, in both full and crib form!) and links to music and videos.
Members can also download PDF versions for review and printing.
The dance for this week is a relatively new dance created by John and Sheila McEvoy and their friend Mairéad Devane called the Rinkinstown Set. Follow the link for figure notes and links to video of the set.
The Dance of the Week for this week is the Clare Lancers set. It’s a lively set that’s done at most ceilis throughout the world and is especially fun when there’s a large hall full of people creating lines from one end of the hall to the other. Follow the link for notes and videos.
The Dance of the Week for this week is the Corofin Plain Set. It’s an easy set to learn with some really fun figures. Notes and videos available through the link.
The dance for this week (apologies for being a few days late) is the Antrim Square set. It’s easy to learn and while the square usually takes a couple of run-throughs to smooth out the kinks, the dance is fun for both dancers and spectators.