Ar Mhaith Leat Damhsa? Keep Her Lit Céilí

Saturday 19th August 2023
Location: The Square The Square Inistioge
We are delighted to present the first Keep Her Lit Céilí facilitated by Louise O’Connor from Lasta Dance.

The ethos of Lasta Dance is about building community through Irish music and Dance. The word ‘Lasta’ means ‘alight’ or ‘aglow’ in Irish and sums up our passion for keeping the flame of Irish music and dance alight. The word also connects to the ‘glow’ in people’s faces that music and dance can bring.

The inaugural Keep Her Lit Céilí is open to complete beginners, improvers and experienced dancers are also most welcome – to dance Ionsaí na hInse, Baile Luimní and loads more! Louise will be calling the sets and will also be teaching a set dancing workshop earlier in the day. More info about the workshop here:

Join us for an evening of craic agus damhsa on Inistioge Village Square!

What is a Céilí?

A Céilí is a gathering for Irish traditional music, dance and storytelling. It derives from the Irish word ‘le chéile’ meaning ‘together’. A typical céilí can involve two hand dances, dances in circle or line formations, or in a four partner square as in set dancing.

What is Set Dancing?

Set dancing is a form of social dancing which has been danced in Ireland for about 150 years. Set dances are derived from French Quadrilles and involve four couples dancing in a square. Each ‘set’ has usually between three and six ‘figures’ within it and are often danced to a live céilí band. Famous céilí bands which play for set dancers include the Tulla, Kilfenora or the Shandrum Céilí Band.
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