What is a Ceilidh?
You find versions of Ceilidh all over the UK and around the world where people meet to dance socially and party the night away. As I’m Scottish, I am a little biased towards those dances, but love finding dances from further afield to incorporate . Dances which are loads of fun and have that same spirit of carefree exuberance which I know makes our ceilidhs extra special.
Need To Know?
Absolutely. We specialise in wedding Ceilidhs and therefore make sure our dances are quickly learned by those who’ve never danced before as well as being enjoyed by those who have. We put guests at their ease and ensure that everyone knows that it’s the fun and enthusiasm that matters, rather than getting the steps perfect. Each dance is taught before the music starts and then the moves are called during the dance to remind you what to do.
I grew up in the Scottish dance tradition and so I love to include plenty of Scottish favourites such as Strip the Willow, Dashing White Sergeant, Cumberland Square 8 (The Helicopter Dance!) and Gay Gordons. However, there are some brilliant dances I’ve learnt in recent years from the rest of the British Isles and beyond. Some of my personal favourites include Riverside Jig, Siege of Ennis, Boston Tea Party, Suicide Square and Russian Crown. I find that for guests, it’s more important that a dance is lots of fun and has plenty energy, rather than where it comes from.
One meter square per dancer works out well. It really depends on how flamboyant they’re being. At weddings, guests usually want to spend some time chatting to family or friends they haven’t seen for years, so often, it will be between half and a third of your guests dancing at once. If in doubt, please get in touch and I’ll be happy to advise.
The Ceilidh band play for up to 3 x 45 min sets of dancing and are with you for up to 3 hours in total after set up. This can be extended, but there would be an additional fee. Most of the time, we find that 2 x 1 hour Ceilidh sets work brilliantly for most weddings and parties, but you know how energetic your friends are!