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Published December 21st 2012
A fun and joyful dance event
The London Irish Centre was created to support Irish people living in London, but their activities extend to the much wider community, including a diverse programme of artistic, cultural, and musical events open to the whole public. The community céilidh (or céilí) dance held every Sunday at the Centre is one of the most entertaining events.
Traditional Irish Step Dance Competition. Public Domain.
Historically, céilidh was the Gaelic term for any sort of social gathering. In keeping with that community-centric origin, the céilidh at the Irish Centre is open to all ages and ability levels from the uninitiated to the expert.
London Irish Centre. Public Domain.
For those unfamiliar with céilidh or who wish to brush up on their skills, basic tuition is offered by professional dancer Anton Coyle from 8pm. There is nothing to be intimidated about with this type of dancing, even for those with no experience. Céilidh is a combination of step dancing and circle dancing (very similar to barn or square dancing). Though the word is specifically related to Irish folk dancing, the céilidh at the Irish Centre also has waltzes, set dances, and many other forms of dance. The important thing is to participate and have a good time.
After the basic instructions, there is live music and dance into the night. There is no need for a partner and all are welcome. The cost is only £4 for the night. There is always a jubilant, lively atmosphere at a céilidh that will leave you feeling uplifted and refreshed.