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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does Ceilidh mean? Ceilidh (pronounced “Kay-
What is a Ceilidh? Ceilidhs are the perfect social icebreaker -
What happens at a Ceilidh? A Ceilidh is an evening of traditional music and dancing. The dances are usually for couples, or groups of couples, and they have set movements and figures, many of which date back hundreds of years. The dance movements are very simple though, and require no previous experience as a Caller will guide everyone through each dance. The Caller ‘talks and walks’ the dancers through the dance moves, step-
The Caller continues to call the dance moves clearly throughout the dance, keeping a close eye on the dancers and making sure that everyone continues to get the support they need. A dance typically lasts for around ten minutes and is generally followed by a short break for dancers to catch their breath, chat or get a drink, etc.
Do I need to know the dance steps beforehand? Absolutely not. Our caller is there to explain everything you need to do as you go along. Callers are very experienced at adapting to the needs of different groups including mixed ability groups and those with differing levels of experience. Besides, much of the fun of a Ceilidh comes from everyone in a set either successfully completing a move or hilariously getting it wrong and frantically trying to organise themselves back into line and in time with the music.
What happens if I make mistakes? A Ceilidh is a social event, not a dance display or competition. The emphasis is on fun and social interaction rather than accuracy. Doing the odd wrong move midway through the dance is not only to be expected but is also a big part of the fun. Moments such as these cause great amusement at the time they occur and create hilarious and enduring memories.
Is it noisy? The Band and Caller are amplified through a PA system, but are generally much quieter than say a disco – the amplification is so that all the participants in the room can hear the dance instructions and the music, and the house lights are generally left on (so the Caller can see how the dancers are getting on). Spectators and non-
Do I have to join in? Not at all. You are welcome to simply watch, listen, chat with friends or family, and generally soak up the atmosphere.
Do I need special footwear? You don’t need any specific footwear for Ceilidh dancing; just wear something comfortable, non-
Do I need to be physically fit? Most traditional dancing takes place at a walking or skipping pace and is considered no more strenuous than, for example, ballroom dancing. The band and Caller will keep an eye on the dancers and adjust the pace of the dance if necessary.