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

Opinion – Irish Music Session Dance Etiquette

20090728 Ireland - Dingle music reservation

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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DOTW: Clare Lancers

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.

DOTW: Antrim Square

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.

Facebook login added

If you’re like me and you just don’t want to have, keep track of and think about the security of yet another web site login, a new addition to DanceMinder may interest you.  Facebook login.

You can now choose to use your Facebook account to log into DanceMinder and you’ll immediately be granted user privileges.

Just click on the Facebook icon on that you’ll see on most pages and you’ll be taken to Facebook where you can authorize access to your basic information. You’ll then be taken back to DanceMinder where you’ll be logged in as a DanceMinder user.

It’s that simple and you’ll immediately be able to use DanceMinder as a full user.

FAQ – Why do I need to log in?

If you just want to view the dances, you don’t need to log in.

As a registered user of DanceMinder you’ll be able to take advantage of the following features:

  1. Be automatically notified when new dances are added.
  2. Share collections of dances (with both members and non-members).
  3. Download PDF versions of full and crib versions of the dances.
  4. Rate dances based on how easy and fun they are to dance.
  5. Contact other members through DanceMinder.

Plus new features as they become available.

If, after registering you want to become an editor and enter your own dances or help maintain the dance database, contact us to request editor access.