ceilidh / barn dance
(pron. "kay-lee") noun
origin Scottish and Irish (Gaelic)
informal gathering for music, song and dance etc
We enjoy lively ceilidhs at the Riverhead Hall. Te Radar turned up one night with a film crew to experience a ceilidh - dressed as a leprechaun.
The fun of Ceilidh dancing is an important part of Twisty Willow's repertoire. Called dances are used by the band as a way of mixing and involving audiences while enjoying the Celtic experience. Also called a ceili (Irish), a barn dance or a bush dance.
We quickly have everyone happily participating. Wes or Barb talk the dancers through the moves and Wes continues to call while we play the music. You don't need to know what to do as we expertly guide you through.
We have played and called dances for 19 years at the Waipu Highland Games Ceilidh on the evening of January 1.
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Try a Celtic (or Scottish or Irish or general Barn Dance) theme for your special occasion. Along with songs and tunes, ceilidh dancing breaks the ice and helps with mixing and mingling - great for audiences with a variety of ages and backgrounds. We quickly have everyone happily participating.
Called Ceilidh dances
Our 2019 Mid-winter Ceilidh in the Waipu Coronation Hall had a good, lively turnout. This clip gives you some idea of what is involved in a Ceilidh and how the dances are "called" so that folk who have never danced them before, can easily get up and follow the moves. More than half of those present were in that category.