Next weekend Susan, Jean and I will be in Parsippany, NJ for the 2008 Comhaltas Convention where we’ll spend most of 5 days dancing.
When we went to the 2006 convention our legs were very tired after just four days of dancing but we’re looking forward to the fun especially since it promised to be larger than the last convention and will have Padraig and Roisin McEneaney running several set workshops.
We’ll also have a ceili every night which is a great way to end an evening.
The only thing I regret is that we didn’t have any wood.
We had to dance or carpet so the footwork couldn’t be heard. A few others thought this was a more personal observation.
We’ll all take turns with Emmy’s brother.
I think that Andi was referring to everyone taking turns dancing with Emmy’s brother at the next ceili and not simply a plan to pass Emmy’s brother around the group of mostly married women. One of the hazards of coming into a conversation in the middle.
The night moved along fast. There was some teaching, then some dancing, then more teaching and more dancing. Every few songs the whole floor would take a breather to get drinks and snacks. There were about 37 people there — couples, singles, families, all kinds, all types. The whole group was wildly energetic. They danced and laughed and just had fun the whole time.
I’m glad you enjoyed it Brandon and hope you can make it out to future ceili ‘s.
There was a really small group this month (where was everyone else?) and we were one musician short (Allison dropped her keyboard! 🙂 ) but everyone had a fun time. The music was played by Mimi Rogers with calling by me and Susan.
We had a few new people at the beginning so we started with the Rakes of Mallow and then moved on to a Scottish dance, the Cumberland Reel followed by several figures from the Caledonian Set.
Mimi didn’t know the music for the Cumberland Reel before the ceili and picked it up from sheet music Susan printed ahead of time. Great job Mimi.
For the last dance of the evening we did the Bonfire Dance with Mimi as the bonfire.
The next ceili social is coming up as hosted by the Denton Celtic Dancers. Mark your calendars for that evening from 7-10:30pm with walk-throughs starting at 6:30. This has been a great event in the past so don’t miss this one.