We’re way behind on travel updates but it’s been months since we’ve danced and there’s a session going tonight in OK!
Here’s the rundown for scheduled Irish dancing events around Dallas in July.
3rd Sunday Ceili at Trinity Hall Dallas – Céilí with the Trinity Hall Session Players
Date: Sunday, July 15th
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Trinity Hall Irish Pub at Mockingbird Station
5321 E. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
Cost: Free! (Please do support the pub.)
Music by: Trinity Hall Session Players
Dances: What dances would you like? Ceili, two-hand, Set, just let us know what you enjoy dancing! Shout out in email, Facebook or Twitter about dances you’d like to do!
Irish Social Dancing Basics Class
Date: Saturday, July 21st.
Time: TBD (it will be in the afternoon, time is being firmed up as people respond)
Location: Harrison Studio in Plano, 75025
Cost: A $5 donation would be appreciated.
This will be a lesson in fundamentals, how to get from point A to B without running into folks plus what to do with your feet.
*** Does a 4:00pm start time work for you? If not, what would? We’ll dance for 1½ – 2 hours.
If you’re on Facebook see the Invite for current discussions. You can also reply to this post with any questions you may have.
Irish Social Dancing Intermediate Class
This will be a slightly more advanced class as compared to the class happening on the 21st. Details are still being worked out but it will probably be held on either the 28th or 29th. Reply to this email or on Facebook if you’d like more details or have a preferred date.
D/FW Irish Ceili Dancers on Facebook
If you haven’t yet seen it check out the group on Facebook. It’s another avenue to find out about upcoming events and connect with local dancers.
Twitter channel for Irish dancing in D/FW
If you’d like to get dance related updates on your phone or twitter client, there’s a new channel for the D/FW area where you can find out about dancing opportunities.
Check out @dfwirishdance in your twitter client to keep up with dance events. You can also comment and share events where people can get up and dance!
Dance notes, full and crib
A continually growing list of notes on Irish, Scottish, ceili, set, two-hand and Contra dances is available on DanceMinder. The interface allows a full view with all notes as well as a Crib view that presents a shortened view suitable for calling or referring to when you’re on the dance floor.
If you’d like to help contribute let us know.
We had slightly more than enough people for a set and a few ceili dances and great music by John Burleson, Michelle Feldman and ??? (we didn’t get his name!)
We did the North Kerry set, Haymakers Jig, Siege of Carrick, Rakes of Mallow, 4-hand and 6-hand. Great music, great fun!
Click on either image for the full gallery and join us next month!
We were able to start a bit later this morning it being Sunday and all. This was good since bed didn’t rise up and smite us until quite early in the morning.
Padraig started off with the Valentia Right and Left, a fairly simple but fun set.
Unfortunately the workshop was cut short as Padraig and Roisin had to make an earlier than expected flight back to Ireland.
Next up though was the farewell ceili. Nearly four hours of solid dancing.
Even though most people had departed by the last set there was still something around 6-8 sets on the floor!
It was a wonderful weekend full of great music and dance and I look forward to the next convention organized by Tom and Company!
There are more pictures in the Comhaltas 2011 gallery, some videos on my YouTube channel and if you like you can see my twitter posts done live from the convention. I’ll be doing more tagging and linking of things very soon.
I have no idea what time we got to bed Friday night but I have notes showing we started the plain set about 12:30am.
We got up early for breakfast and started the day with Susan teaching a ceili workshop including Harvest Time Jig, Fairy Reel, Rakes of Mallow, Haste to the Wedding and Siege of Carrick. There was a good sized crowd and smiles all around.
Next up was a Sean Nos workshop by Emma O’Sullivan. She did a wonderful job. Her dancing was clean, instructions were clear and easy to follow and we ended up with a number of easy but good looking steps to add to our dance toolbox.
Here’s Emma after the workshop, demonstrating the step one-on-one.
The rest of the day was reserved for set dancing.
It was our first day of the 2011 North American Comhaltas convention and it was grand.
For everyone else it was the second day and for many of the orginizers I think it was something like the 3045th day. I’m sure they’ll be wistfully sad/happy when the convention is over.
We arrived safely (thank you Southwest), was given a short tour by Tom Macken and sent up to the Control Room to get Susan’s official "I work here" shirts. They didn’t have shirts for the roadies.
After wandering about for a bit and checking out a few vendors and the lobby schedule
We went up to the room to unpack.
The first SCMA ceili for the 2010/2011 season!
It was practically an all-regular evening with two sets joining in during the workshop portion and staying around for two hours of dancing!
Thanks to everyone for coming out, to Michelle and Paul for the music and Lybo for representing the SCMA.
Click on the image for the full gallery.