Ceilidh Dancing

Our 2018 Colchester Highland Games & Gathering will again have a Ceilidh Dance Party on the evening of September 8th 2018 in the NSPEC Complex.

  If you are interested in joining us for some fun dance lessons prior to this please contact us HERE

Learn A Few Steps Before You Go!


Ceilidh Dancing is HUGE in Scotland, schoolchildren learn it from a young age, most Scottish Weddings have a Ceilidh Dance and there are even Ceilidh Clubs in local bars to go along to, be social and have fun. (See Video above)

It is a mixture of 18th century French Court, Ballet & Scottish Folk Dancing all rolled into one.

The Dances are easy to learn and will be the most fun time you ever spent getting fit & healthy. 

If you've never tried it, now's the time. You'll be sad you've been missing out all these years! 

And as the guy in the video says - 'better than going to the gym'!

Come learn the steps prior to the games and impress your friends.

Fall Classes starting October 25th

We have teamed up with the Truro Recreation Department and the 'Active Community' to bring you our fall sessions:-


WHERE   - Douglas Street Recreation Centre, Douglas St, Truro - Classroom C

DAYS       - Every Wednesday

DATES     - October 25th - December 20th

TIMES      - 6.30pm - 8pm

COST        - $50 for an eight week session ending with our Christmas Ceilidh on December 20th

DROP IN  - $6.50/class

NOTE       - No class on November 29th


The steps are easy to learn, can be low or high impact depending on how much energy you wish to put into it.

Our main aim is to have fun and learn a new skill.


Anyone young or old can participate. Come prepared to have fun.

You can bring a partner or borrow one of ours!


No special equipment is required. 

Comfortable clothing and indoor sneakers or dance shoes. 

If you want to wear a kilt - please do.

An Introduction to Scottish Ceilidh Dancing


Ceilidh Dancing = Dancing Reels & Jigs = Controlled Abandon!

Come and abandon yourself to dance.  Feel free, have fun and laugh.  There are no strict rules in our classes.  Once you have learned the basic steps you are free to perform them to your own level. Every class is different and various dances will be learned throughout the classes in addition to the exercises. 

Our dances will be shown in low and high impact where applicable. 

High impact tends to be a more formal style of the dance with appropriate footwork, ‘toe pointing’ and ‘jigs’. 

If you attend classes regularly and progress from low to high impact, you will be feeling an improvement in your fitness level. 

There is no requirement that you should obtain expert levels of dance skill.  These classes are mainly to have fun, improve your body tone and fitness and hopefully meet some new friends into the bargain.


*Before participating in any fitness programme it is advisable to discuss the implications to your health that this may bring with your doctor.  We encourage you to participate at a level that is comfortable for you. 

 1600’s – still going strong.




Each week will have initial similar components before practicing and learning the actual dance in an aerobic style workout.

  •          Introductions…………...........To welcome any new members.
  •           Warm up exercises……......To warm up your muscles and joints to prevent injury
  •          Basic Steps…………...…............Practiced every week, hopefully they will become second nature
  •       Basic Holds…………..................Basic hold positions that will be required for most dances will also be practiced weekly
  •          Learning the Dance…….....New dances are learned on a weekly basis. 
  •      Dance Reminders.................We will go over previous dances each week as time permits and as per requests.
  •           Cool Down & Stretches…To prevent muscle fatigue (no one wants to wake up next day to find they can’t walk!)

The class is structured to enable you to ‘catch up’ and learn the dances as they come around.  Each dance will be practiced again throughout the season until everyone is comfortable with the steps. 

If you make mistakes don’t worry, it is meant to be fun, and mistakes are sometimes what makes it fun.  Just join back in and continue with the dance. 

Some dances are extremely easy and some are more tricky to master. I don’t expect everyone to have the same skills.  I am happy to go over steps until everyone present is happy.  I have been doing this for a long time and even I get it wrong sometimes. 


Feel free to stop and chat at the end of the class.  I am always interested in what you would like to learn.