NTIF 2013

Pictures from the dance workshop and ceili have been posted.  Thanks to everyone who came out to dance, the musicians and our sound engineer Carla.

Jacky Donahue

I have never before felt the need to stand up and speak after someone’s death. For Jacky I find that I do.  I’m sure I won’t be alone in that feeling and you’re going to find dozens of stories about her and the impact she made in so many lives.

I met Jacky on the first day of workshops for Scarborough Faire in 1989.  She did two things that weekend which would have long-lasting impacts on my life.  The first was that she took a nerdy guy in a white lab coat and, for a reason only she will ever know, chose me as part of her group that year. The second thing was that at one point during the weekend she grabbed a girl named Susan, pushed her toward me and said “This is Michael. Corrupt him.”

Prior to that time I’d had very little interest in dance, being much more interested in computer programming and other less athletic pursuits unless they involved lasers, flashing lights and chasing people in dark mazes.

I had great fun learning from Jacky and performing with her.  Playing at Pyramus and Thisbe (or Pyramid and Frisbee as some of us liked to call it), talking, walking from event to event, dancing hither and yon (even in the Holly Oven) at dinner at Golden Corral and after with the group in the pool and hot tub at the Econo Lodge.

She had a big warm heart that opened easily and was fiercely protective of those she cared about.  There’s this small red statue that some of you may remember…

Dance is now a core part of my life.  I spend hours learning new dances, teaching, calling dances, playing roadie at events and so on.  I might not be doing any of that if it weren’t for Jacky pulling me in and taking me on the first few steps along that road.

My corruption was successful.  I’d say I’m fairly irredeemable at this point.

That girl Susan that I mentioned?  We married each other.

It took a few months for her to catch me but once she did I was hogtied for life and I couldn’t be happier about it.  She’s the best thing that ever happened to me and while she says she saw me that first day and thought I was cute, if Jacky hadn’t pushed us together, our lives might have taken very different paths.  I’m glad they didn’t.

Thank you Jacky.  My world is definitely a better place because you were in it.

Astronomy Jan 21, 2013

Jupiter and the Moon were doing a dance together and while I’d taken an early picture of them together, my sister asked if I was going to get another shot at their closest approach.  Well, of course. 😉

While outside I took the time to pull the scope out into the driveway and attempt a few shots of M42.  Came away with one halfway decent shot taken at ISO 1600 for 30 seconds.

Ahh, a September Ceili

It’s finally cooling off, the clouds saw fit to mizzle on us most of the day and the temperature was finally in the range where it was pleasant to go for a walk in the middle of the day.

Naturally we all piled into the pub Trinity Hall to jump around and get hot to good music played by the Trinity Hall Session Players

The dances done were:

Haymakers jig,
Siege of Ennis
Kilfenora Set
High Cauled Cap
Ballyvourney jig
Rakes of Mallow

Hopefully next month I’ll be able to spend more time dancing and calling than this time.  Thanks to everyone how came out to dance and to Trinity Hall and the session players for the venue and wonderful music!

Click on the picture for the full gallery.

Dancing Aug 19, 2012

I don’t yet know if I’ll be joining in the dancing or if I’ll be spectating and calling but come out to Trinity Hall on Sunday for some good tunes and dancing.

3rd Sunday Ceili at Trinity Hall Dallas – Céilí with the Trinity Hall Session Players
Date: Sunday, 19th
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Trinity Hall Irish Pub at Mockingbird Station
5321 E. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
214-887-3600
Cost: Free!  (Please do support the pub.)
Music by: Trinity Hall Session Players
Calling/walkthroughs by: Susan and Michael Harrison
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!

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’ve also added several tutorials to the new DanceMinder blog which will help you to see what DanceMinder offers.

Haymakers

With a group in town for the O’Flaherty Youth Camp.

Whee!

Happy dancers

From the July 15th ceili at Trinity Hall

Trinity Hall Céilí July 15, 2012

Had a good session at Trinity Hall today.  A large family group were in town for the O’Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp starting tomorrow and we had some new and long un-seen people come out in addition to the die-hard regulars.

Continue reading “Trinity Hall Céilí July 15, 2012”

July 2012 dancing

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
214-887-3600
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.

April 2012 dancing in Dallas

SCMA Celtic Céilí
Date: Saturday, April 7th, 2012
Lesson: 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Céilí: 8:00pm to 10:00pm — live music!
Location: Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas,TX 75219
For recorded driving directions, call (214) 520-7788
Click for map links and season schedule.
Cost: $10 regular admission,  $8 for SCMA members,  $5 for students.

Only two more céilís at the Sammons Center until the summer break, so you won’t want to miss this Easter weekend dance!

Michael & Susan (your humble callers) first encountered set dancing on an Easter Sunday in Kilfenora, Co. Clare. If we could bottle the energy in that jam-packed and shaking barn full of music & spinning dancers, we wouldn’t need to win a big lottery. Bring your happiest, friendliest smile and let’s create our own room full of energy!

If there are other dances you’d like to do, let us know.  If you aren’t sure what you’d like, take a stroll through the two-hand, céilí and set dances on DanceMinder for some ideas.

If you’re planning on coming out for either the lesson or céilí, please do let us know so that we can better tailor the program.

Trinity Hall Dallas – Céilí with the Trinity Hall Session Players
Date: Sunday, February 19th
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Trinity Hall Irish Pub at Mockingbird Station
5321 E. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
214-887-3600
Cost: Free!  (Please do support the pub.)
Music by: Trinity Hall Session Players
Dances: What dances would you like?  Céilí, 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!

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, céilí, 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.