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 – Boston Two Step

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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Dance Of The Week – Rakes of Mallow

The dance for this week is a relatively easy Irish ceili dance that’s good for beginners and experienced dancers alike.  The Rakes of Mallow is a classic Ar Rince Foirne dance that you can find being danced pretty much world-wide.  Click through for notes and video links.

Dance Of The Week – 8 Hand Reel

The Dance Of The Week for this week is a challenging 8 hand reel that’s commonly danced at feiseanna.  The 8 Hand Reel doesn’t have any moves that are particularly difficult but it requires precise movements and will give you a good cardio workout.

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New Dance – The Old Philadelphia Set

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