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We aim to learn the dances that we are likely to find at a ceilidh, at the same time enjoying a bit of exercise and having fun. To maintain interest, we sometimes try simple Scottish country dances which provide an extra challenge. We enjoy this especially when the tricky dance is eventually concluded successfully!
The sessions are organised around dances meant to get people dancing with different partners. These dances include circle dances and a variety of round the room dances with a few done in sets of four, five or six couples to add variety. The aim of the sessions is for members to have fun, not to worry about getting the dances absolutely correct. All can be walked instead of danced which makes ceilidh dancing suitable for everyone. It is an enjoyable way to get some body and mind exercise.
One of the favourite non-ceilidh dances (although often requested at a ceilidh dance) is the Reel of the 51st. By ensuring that those who knew the dance only danced with those who were unsure or did not know it at all meant that everyone enjoyed dancing this very famous, delightful dance. It also helped to walk it through as many times as people needed and dancing it through to the music, one couple at a time before leaving the music to play through to the end. There is always a feeling of great satisfaction at the end of the dance. I think another challenge is called for next session.