The beginning of the new year celebration.
The food is ready, there’s music playing…
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.
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Trinity Hall Dallas – Céilí with the Lone Star Céilí Band
You won’t want to miss this pub céilí — visiting dancers from San Antonio and Fort Worth will be joining us, so we should have plenty of new partners to add to the fun. Let’s plan to dance the Antrim Square Set, the Kilfenora Plain, the Ballyvourney Jig and/or the Connemara Reel Set plus the Haymakers Jig and any other ceili that strikes our fancy. (Requests? Tell me!) Marius knows we’ll have more dancers than usual and is happy to accommodate us. (Yay Marius!)
Date: Sunday, August 1
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Trinity Hall Irish Pub at Mockingbird Station
5321 E. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
Cost: Free! (Please do support the pub.)
Dances: Antrim Square Set, Kilfenora Plain, Ballyvourney Jig, Connemara Reel, Haymakers Jig
SCMA Celtic Céilí – September 4, 2010 – New Location
A new season begins in September in a new venue…drum roll… theSammons Center for the Arts in Dallas! Enjoy plenty of room to move in the airy, 2800 sq ft Meadows Hall. Also new is the one-hour class in Irish set or traditional céilí dancing to help beginners get up to speed and to give experienced dancers an opportunity to focus on footwork and tricky moves. Classes will run from 6:45 to 7:45pm to recorded music, followed by a céilí from 8:00 to 10:00pm to live music.
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2010
Time: Class: 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Céilí: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas,TX 75219
For recorded driving directions, call (214) 520-7788
Cost: $10 ($8 for SCMA members) includes both class and céilí
Dances: Now taking requests for the class and céilí!
Irish Set Dance Classes — Fall 2010
Irish Set Dancing classes in McKinney, TX continue! Learn dances, fancy footwork, and have a grand time with friendly folks. Couples or singles welcome.
Class Code: 133525-A1
Dates: Sept. 8 – Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 – Dec. 1
Day / Time: Wednesday evenings, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Location: McKinney Community Center, 2001 South Central Expy. (a little north of 121, east side of I-75)
Fees: $32 Resident/$35 Non-Resident
To register: call 972-547-2690 or visit https://webtrac.mckinneytexas.org/
2011 Mardi Gras/O’Flaherty’s Irish Channel Pub Reunion Cruise — Feb. 25, 2011
Plan now for a delightful break in 2011, an Irish themed cruise of the Caribbean! Prices start at $1099pps for this week-long cruise aboard the Norwegian Spirit. Bring an instrument and enjoy daily sessions with the Lone Star Ceili Band, and of course bring your dance shoes for céilí and set dance workshops and evening ceilithe. Check out the link for all the details. http://www.icruise.com/cruises/oflahertys-pub-reunion-cruise.html
CCE North American Convention, San Antonio — March 24-27, 2011
If you love Irish set dancing and traditional music, you must not miss the opportunity to attend the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s convention weekend in San Antonio, TX! Dancers, get ready for four days of céilís and workshops. Musicians, you’ll get workshops too plus opportunities to session with amazing players from North America and beyond. Details are still being worked out; check with the convention’s website for updates. http://cceconvention2011.org/
As always, do send me your dance requests. Hope to see you next week at Trinity Hall!