First off, I’m someone that usually works to stay away from all-inclusive resorts. The idea of going to a new place in the world and being separated from the people that live in that place is a big turn-off. When I go someplace, I want to be *in* the place, so I can see what it’s really like. Continue reading “Royal Playa Del Carmen – review”
Sep 3rd, 17th
Oct 1st, 15th Nov 5th (delayed one week!)
We’ll start off with basics/review at 7 for the common steps/movements used in the more popular set dances (advance and retire, sevens, basic battering to be used later, etc). If you haven’t danced a set in a while (or ever) or if you would like a review (or just want any excuse to get up and move around) this is for you. The others might want to show up during this period just to settle in before we start the first set.
We’ll break for a short while about 7:45-ish and move on to working on the current round of sets. If you’ve come for the beginner portion, stay for the rest! There’s usually enough experienced people that we can (gently) drag you through the movements.
We went through The Merchant Set and The Connemara Reel during the last session so we’ll rip through those on the 3rd and follow those in later sessions with the Corofin Plain and Camp Set. Depending on how things go we may add more sets to the list and/or spend some extra time on footwork.
Except for the beginning and ending time, the schedule will be somewhat fluid depending on the experience of the attendees and how quickly we progress.
Who: While there’s no particular age or height limit, this is more of an adult or young-adult kind of class in that it works best with people of similar height and attentiveness. If you aren’t sure, just ask!
Cost: Whatever you can afford or think the class is worth, we’ll have a tip jar at the entrance to the dance area.
Q. What should I bring?
A desire to get up and move about. Shoes that are comfortable and allow you to slide easily (but not too slippery!) on a tile floor.
Friends and family!
Q. What should I do to prepare?
Feel free to take a look at the notes linked above though this isn’t required.
We’d also like to know who’s planning on coming so please respond with an “I’ll be there and I’m bringing X people!”
if you can commit to the entire set of classes that would be best.
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!
Tell your friends, your friends friends, your siblings and office cohorts about the ceili. Drag those people out who you know would enjoy a night of jumping, sliding, bouncing fun with good music but insist on saying ‘I don’t know how.’ We’ll show you and there are plenty of people who can help pull and push you through the dances.
The theme for this ceili is ‘Less teaching, more dancing.’ We’re going to try just running through the more difficult aspects of a dance and depend on people to watch closely when it isn’t their turn and on the experienced group at large to help the new people if they run into trouble. If there are enough ‘ringers’ at the ceili that should result in more dancing throughout the night.
For the lesson period this month we’ll finish up the Cavan Reel and continue with the Antrim Square.
For the main ceili time we’re thinking of doing (in no particular order):