What is Ceilidh Dancing?

Haven’t done ceilidh dancing before?

You may actually have done so without realising, at a wedding ceilidh or Barn Dance, or even at school. Think Scottish Ceilidhs (Kay-lees), Gay Gordons, or Jane Austen.

The great thing about ceilidh dancing is that you don’t have to remember the moves, as the caller is always there to guide you through the dances. They will first explain the moves and walk everyone through the dance, then they continue to call the moves when you are actually dancing.


Do you need to come with a partner?

No you don’t. Ceilidh dancing is a social dance, because you dance with different people throughout the evening, and there’s time to chat in the half-time break. Everyone is free to ask anyone else to dance with them, and everyone is free to refuse when someone asks them. If you only want to dance with the person(s) you came with, that’s okay as well.

Folk dancing is traditionally the dancing done by the people, the ‘folk’, to traditional music from the British Isles, and also America. Many dances are traditional, but many have been written in the same style more recently. You will sometimes hear the melodies of Star Wars or Christmas carols coming from some bands occasionally though!

Want to know more? Try putting ‘Ceilidh’ ‘Barndance’ ‘Folk Dance’ ‘Strip the Willow’ or ‘Thread the needle’ into a search engine or Youtube.