around and at a loose end, or keen to do some dancing to music
that has our rhythm, a celtic rhythm, try dancing at a Ceilidh. (approximate pronounciation
Ceilidhs are popular.So much so that the style and name for this dance form is now used even by Viking celebrations. It's Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Cornish, Manx and even people with an English background like it too - because Ceilidhs are fun. They're great aerobic exercise, very social and informal. They're a combination of individual and called group formation and set dances that draw on folk and dance styles from the celtic countries throughout Europe.
The music has an
Irish/Scottish celtic style with great rhythm that sets your feet
a-dancing, your pulse a-pumping and leaves you fully aware you've
danced the night away.
Often items are interspersed with the dances so you get time to gather your breath and rest a while. The footwork can be casual (just what gets you from A to B), or be more stylish in either the Irish or Scottish techniques.
Keep this in mind for next end of year.
Hogmanay Ceilidh ~ Waipu
Jan. 1st, every year, 7.30pm. in the
Settlers Hall, fronting Caledonian Park.
NOTICE FROM DEREK WILLIAMS firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are the details and contact numbers.
The next Waikato
River Celts Ceilidh
|Scottish Ceilidh Dances - Workshop ~ cost only $3/ head||Time:
7.30pm - 9.30pm
Enquiries: Ph. Fiona Murdoch (07) 843 7127
St.Stephen's Church Hall
Mahoe Street, Hamilton
|Fiona also runs a weekly dance group learning International folk dances. Dances from many countries (including Central European countries).||
Ceilidhs are now very popular for the after wedding function and if you'd like something along these lines but need knowledgeable dancers to "prime" your guests and break the ice. Enquire here. "Ceilidh Dancers & Musicians"
Many Ceilidhs occur without us knowing.
If you'd like your NZ Ceilidh listed,
ask. "Ceilidh Listing"
|The Celts are not the only folk that enjoy traditional European dances. Scandinavians do to and if you're interested in Scandinavian dancing contact the Auckland Danish Club. Visit the Hamilton Danish Club web-page for Danish and Scandinavian links.|
Dances you might do at a Celtic Ceilidh.
Waves of Tory,
Walls of Innis, Strip the Willow, Haymakers Jig, Dashing
White Sergeant, Step Dancing and Set Dances, Eightsome
and Threesome Reels, Various Quadrille dances, Polkas,
Waltzes, Jigs, Reels.
Ceilidh music is
usually played on a mixture of traditional Irish/Scottish
instruments, but could include others as well...
you don't know how to do these dances - don't worry,
Gaidhealtachd Summer Schools.
want to register for the Gaidhealtachd Summer School, held
at Whangarei Heads Primary School in the first week of January,
This is a week long summer school and includes some
instruction on the various dances. Ceilidhs are held each
evening. Numbers attending are limited by camping sites
available so a booking is essential.
Request information from "Wayne"<email@example.com>
The Gaidhealtachd participants do from time to time get involved with the Waipu Highland Games (see their web-site). 2003 was the 150th Anniversary of the settling of Waipu by Scots from Nova Scotia. Also the 132nd Highland Games as well. Visitors came from all over the world and of course from Canada & the USA.
Gaidhealtachd participants contributed some dances, music and songs etc.
"Celtic Fusion". has gone but Sonya is still around: Sonya Mitchell
"Twisty Willow" - Contact Wes and Barbara Bycroft Ph/Fax (09) 814 9203
"Tamlin". Contact Linda and Greg Whitcombe, Ph.(09) 489 3050
"Jacky Tar". Wellington.
as Celtic Funk. Jacky Tar are an established 5 piece
playing traditional Celtic tunes and songs in a
contemporary manner. Repertoire length is 3.5 hours.
Debut CD "Poor Mans Labour" available at
selected outlets or through their website www.jackytar.co.nz.
|A Ceilidh band in Scotland:
" Scotland's Ceilidh Band
Ceilidh band specialising in quality traditional Scottish entertainment
for weddings, functions and party-nights. Pro. dance caller and musicians.
Ceilidh disco mix available.
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