Ceilidh Dancing


Our 2018 Colchester Highland Games & Gathering will again have a Ceilidh Dance Party.

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

As part of the Colchester Highland Games & Gathering in 2019 we will be attempting to break the

Guinness World Record

for the most people dancing a 'Strip the Willow' Ceilidh Dance.

For your chance to participate in this record breaking attempt come along to our free classes or contact us HERE for more information.




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. (See Video Below)

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 as our classes in Bible Hill are FREE. 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.

Classes are very informal, getting it wrong sometimes is half the fun.





Spring Classes

We have teamed up with the Bible Hill Recreation Department and 'Participaction' for our

Step into Spring sessions:-

 

WHERE   - Bible Hill Village Hall, 69 Pictou Road, Bible Hill

DAYS       - Every Wednesday starting  April 25th  2018

TIMES      - 7pm - 9pm

COST        - $20 for 6 classes or $5 drop in fee

NOTE       - Class may be subject to change of time or date


Steps

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.

People

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

You can bring a partner or borrow one of ours!

Equipment

No special equipment is required. 

Comfortable clothing and indoor sneakers or dance shoes. 

If you want to wear a kilt - please do.



On the left is one version of the 'Strip the Willow' dance. You will note the fast speed and sometimes the ladies being hoisted up in the air.  This is filmed in Scotland where most of the dancers have been dancing since they were small. 

This version is called the 'Orcadian Strip the Willow'



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.

 

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN CLASS 

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 and go over basic dance rules
  •           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 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 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 stop and wait until the next section of the dance then join back in. 

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.  

     


The dances in the following video's listed below have lots of variations

I have tried to include those closest to what is taught at classes.  Enjoy

Canadian Barn Dance                           St Bernards Waltz                                      Pride of Erin Waltz                            Circassian Circle

 

Highland Schottische                            Eightsome Reel                                          Virginia Reel                                       Strip the Willow

 

The Gay Gordons                                  Dashing White Seargent                           Boston Two Step                                Witches Reel


We Hope To See You Soon