Interesting Things: Feb SCMA ceili – lovely night

Last night’s SCMA ceili at the Sammons Center was great fun. Had another good crowd and made it through the Antrim Square, Cavan Reel Set, Bonfire Dance, Siege of Carrick, Fairy Reel, Balleyvourney Jig Set, Haymakers Jig and the Back to Back Hornpipe



Next month the ceili will be at the North Texas Irish Festival so come on out at 7pm for the ceili and 1pm for the dance workshop


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Interesting Things: Feb SCMA ceili

The next SCMA ceili is coming up this Saturday at the Sammons Center.

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):

Antrim Square
Cavan Reel Set
Bonfire Dance
Siege of Carrick
Balleyvourney Jig Set
Haymakers Jig
Walls of Limerick
Back to Back Hornpipe
Aoife Three Step
Bridge of Athlone

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Interesting Things: New year ceili!

The first ceili of the new year at the Sammons Center. It was a great beginning.



Loads of people.



Loads of great dancing and music with three full sets and music by Hailey Sandoz and Joseph Carmichael.

Click on the pictures above for more views of the dancing. Come on out for the next ceili!


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Interesting things – SCMA ceili 9/4/10

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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Interesting Things I Saw Today 5/8/10

The last SCMA ceili for the 2009/2010 season. Most of our regulars had other places to be and we thought it might end up as a very private session between us and the musicians. Happily a few regulars and a bunch of new people came out and we had two full sets!




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Interesting things I saw today 4/24/10 Pt II

Saturday night found us at the April SCMA ceili. We had two sets for most of the night and great music and dancers. Wonderful fun! Click on the picture to go the the full gallery

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SCMA Ceili Oct 11, 2008

The second ceili at the ArtCentre of Plano was a success.

Mimi Rogers and Ken Fleming came out to play and were joined by two sets worth of dancers.

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Come on! We’re ready to go!

We don’t know why we have our hands that high, but whatever!

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Final SCMA ceili of 2007/2008

The 2007/2008 season is now over and the final ceili was a bunch o fun.

We had slightly more than three sets worth and ran through the South Galway Half Set,

as well as a back to back hornpipe we learned from Pat Murphy, most of the Cashel Set, Three Tunes and closed with the Siege of Ennis.

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SCMA ceili Apr 12, 2008

The ceili at the Move Studio was fun with a bunch of new people showing up from Gainesville and even Austin.

We danced most of the Ballingeary Jig Set as well as Flowers of Edinburgh and a few two-hand dances and the High Cauled Cap.

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Review of the final 2006 season SCMA ceili

The July/August issue of the SCMA e-ceili has a nice review of the May 2007 ceili by Brandon Jones.

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.