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Country party and wedding theme: the enduring popularity of ceilidh
Over countless generations and many centuries in communities large and small across the UK, music and dancing have formed the core of activity at social occasions such as weddings, feast-days, midsummer, harvest and other celebrations. A haphazard assemblage of local fiddlers and pipers would strike up the tunes, and everyone would be familiar with the dances from an early age.
Country dancing is fantastic social interaction
The fact that country dancing, barn dancing or ceilidh as it has become known through its Celtic connections in Scotland and Ireland, has enjoyed something of a revival over recent years is testimony to its unique interactive appeal. Old-fashioned certainly, infra-dig in some circles perhaps, ceilidh is alive and kicking at a family celebration near you.
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.Much of the music and many of the dances are common to the individual cultures that make up the Scottish, Irish and English traditions. The tunes and dances have colourful and evocative titles, such as ‘Fairy Dance’, ‘The Haughs of Cromdale’ and ‘Cock o’ the North’, conjuring up the festive spirit of rustic celebration which is the hallmark of the genre.
Barn dancing is a terrific icebreaker
Barn dancing is great fun, and is a brilliant way to let your hair down after the more formal proceedings of a wedding or other celebration. It’s an extremely effective icebreaker between groups of people who don’t know each other well, as it involves a high degree of teamwork and cooperation. No previous experience is necessary, as the ceilidh band will include a specialist dance-caller who will explain and demonstrate the steps and moves for each new dance. Heel and toe or dos-y-dos, everyone will be linking arms for ‘Strip the Willow’ or ‘The Gay Gordons’ before they know it. Getting it wrong and tripping over your feet is absolutely fine – it’s all part of the entertainment! So, haul yourself onto the dancefloor and give it a go – it’s great fun.