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Six simple Christmas dances for parties

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Sharing Irish dancing with my friends and non-dancers is something I love to do, AND it needs to be very, very easy.

Here, I am featuring three of the 6 different Irish dance styles with videos and instructions that are linked to each dance name so you can follow along.

  1. Irish set dancing figures
  2. Irish two hand dancing
  3. Irish céilí dancing

If you're really keen and this is your first time getting people dancing, see my next postHow to work with your party crowd who are keen to dance (and have probably had a few drinks)...


IRISH SET DANCES: Dance with as many pairs as you like in a circle

1. Melleray Lancers Set 7th Figure: POLKAS

2. Maggie in the Woods: Connemara Set 4th Figure: REELS

IRISH TWO HAND DANCES: For pairs

3. Shoe The Donkey : MAZURKA

4. Peeler and the Goat: POLKAS or JIGS

IRISH CÉILÍ DANCES: Dancing in pairs, organised into lines of two & four

5. Siege of Ennis : JIGS

6. Walls of Limerick: REELS

MUSIC

Matt Cunninghamhas great music recorded specifically for many of these dances and has a great range of CDs to choose from - have a look. Alternatively, choose suitable speed & length polkas, jigs and reels from your own collection. Even better, hire a band!

My sincere thanks to all those who have taken the time to post dance videos & dance instructions- we love sharing!


Happy dancing this Christmas.

Nora Stewart

www.EasyIrishDance.com

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