Ceilidh dancing

The event provides an exciting opportunity for tourists and locals to come together and dance to exciting Scottish country dances with basic steps.

Ceilidh dances

Popular ceilidh dances are the Flying Scotsman, Gay Gordons and the Dashing White Sergeant. Take your partner’s hand and dance across the floor to the immediately memorable tunes. Music is performed by a traditional ceilidh band with fiddles, accordions and drums. Generally a band member will talk everyone through the moves first, allowing first-timers to join in the fun.

There are many venues around the country which often host ceilidhs. During the summer, you can partake in these ceilidh dances to commemorate the end of the Highland games.

Sit back at a ceilidh and enjoy the exciting and fun displays before you get on the floor to enjoy this fun, lively activity.

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Ceilidh dancing

Often referred to as a ‘ceilidh dance’ this is a casual party where any amount of people can congregate to dance and hear the ceilidh band. The dancing is slightly different from conventional Scottish country dancing, which enjoys the same roots but can be more choreographed and often competitive. Dancing at a ceilidh is simply for the love of dancing. ‘Ceilidh’ is a word from Gaelic. Its meaning is ‘a visit’; it can mean a dance, a concert or simply a party.

Ceilidh Dances

These are among the most popular ceilidh dances:

  • The Military Twostep
  • The St. Bernard's Waltz
  • The Dashing White Sergeant
  • The Eightsome Reel
  • The Gay Gordons
  • Strip the Willow

Ceilidh dancing is very athletic and great fun. Many of the dances are fast and people often whoop during them.

Ceilidh Band

A Ceilidh band generally has about five members. The fiddle, accordion and drums are generally played, but bands often have other instruments like the flute or guitar.

Most ceilidh bands play up to four hours in a night with breaks for dancers and musicians. A ceilidh band can often play at a Scottish Wedding reception or at dances organised for an occasion such as St Andrew's Day, Burn’s Night or Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve).

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