ceilidh vs SCD

Blain Nelson

Message 35406 · 4 Jun 2003 17:08:19 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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XXxxxxx@xxx.xxx wrote:
> I am playing for a wedding this coming winter. The bride is American and the
> groom Scottish. They want an hour of ceilidh dances for those Scots coming
> over for the wedding. This is a comment the bride made about dancing at the
> Univ in Glasgow:
> The only other thing I would say about dances, is the people who do
> know what they are doing will know the informal ceilidh way of dancing,
> not the formal Scottish Country Dancing way (ie turns by the arm
> replace reels of three and such). There is a big gulf at university
> between ceilidh goers and Scottish Country Dance Society members.
> We need to work to keep these gulfs from getting too wide.

I'm not a RSCDS member. Someday I might be -- I'm not opposed to it, I
just don't see a point in it for me right now.

I enjoy ceilidh dancing. I also enjoy SCD. I also enjoy contradance.
I also enjoy ECD. I'm involving more of these in my life (two
contradances a month, and I'm thinking about hitting ECDs every few
months, now that I've found where they are in my area).

I'm doing them for the same reasons I'm doing SCD:
1. It's good exercise (I'm diabetic, and this is important).
2. It's a ton of fun (I could satisfy the first criteria on my exercise
bike).
3. The people are very nice.

I've mentioned to some of my SCD friends that I've taken up contradance,
and had one who looked concerned that I was going to give up SCD for
contra. I'm not going to -- there is what I call the "puzzle" aspect of
SCD which is much greater than the puzzle aspect of contra, and that is
going to keep me interested a lot longer. OTOH, with contra, I'm active
much longer in a dance for a longer time, and interact with more people,
and it's easier on my joints (which is a good thing).

Around here, we've got two ceilidhs a year. It was at the first one I
went to that I made the decision to do SCD. In fact, there were ceilidh
dances going on at the first dance I went to a year ago that opened me
up to the idea of doing it, much of it because of the acceptance and
tolerance the more experienced folks had for me as a beginner.
Interestingly enough, at the second ceilidh of the year we had this big
influx of beginners (one of the SCD teachers teaches a class at the
college, and strongly encourages her classes to come to the ceilidh and
bring their friends, so we had quite a few folks there who knew (after
three months of class) less than I did. And I did find it a bit of a
strain to be in a set doing Flowers of Edinburgh when my daughter and I
were the only ones who had done it before, so I can understand how those
with more experience than I might find this a bit of a nuisance.

To me, there is no wall between SCD and ceilidh dancing -- they're just
different parts of the same thing. Some may have a preference for one
more than the other, and that's cool with me, but they really go
together pretty well IMO.

> Cheers,
> Sylvia Miskoe, Concord NH USA
>

Take care,
Blain

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