We’ve got some new stuff for you to play with!
We’ve been spending a lot of time working on some back-end additions and improvements to allow more people to create and edit dances and while most of those features aren’t quite ready yet (getting close!), the work has allowed us to push up some features that regular users can start using today. Continue reading
The Dance Of The Week for this week is a new set, The Battle of Affane, demonstrated at the Sweets of May Dance Festival in Tralee in 2015. It’s a short set commemorating the 1565 Battle of Affane and has a good variety of movements including doubling!
Click through for notes. If anyone has some video of this set, please share!
The Jack Canny Half Set is a very easy set for two couples that can be danced to jigs, reels and polkas as you like or danced like the Baile Bhuirne with no breaks in between figures. Click the link for full notes and links to lesson videos.
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.
This is an odd bird of a set in that it mixes reels and marches in the final figure. Also, unlike most modern sets this one uses the elbow ceili hold (right hand in right with the right elbows bent and the hands in front with left hands cupping your partner’s right elbow).
If anyone has any video of this set being danced, let us know!
The Old Philadelphia Set
The Dance Of The Week for this week is a fairly easy set dance with some good swings and an arch movement that’ll keep things interesting. The Tory Island Lancers. Click through for notes and video and music links.
The dance for this week is an easy to learn set with loads of battering. The Durrow Threshing Set is Irish set dance with a good variety of movements to keep you and and spectators entertained. Click through for notes and video links.
The Dance Of The Week for this week is a fun bouncy set that’s full of battering. If you aren’t making noise with your feet, you’re missing out! The Kilfenora Plain Set is danced in all the corners of the world. When’s the next dance in your part of it? Click through for notes and video links.
The Dance of The Week for this week is a fun set from Pat Murphy, the Metal Bridge Lancers and is named after a bridge located near where he grew up. It has a good variety of movements to keep all the dancers thinking and happy. Click through for notes and video links.
This is a new set from Padraig McEneany composed in honor of his parents. It’s an easy to learn set with some fun swings and lots of chaining. Click through for notes and links to demonstration videos.