Adaptive Irish Céilí Dance
What is céilí dancing?
Irish céilí dance refers to vernacular (or folk) group Irish dances in which couple, circle, line or formation dances are performed with a partner or partners. In essence, céilí dance involves movement in, through and on a dance space. These movements can be forwards, backwards, in a circular motion, or sideways in straight lines or on a diagonal trajectory. Dances normally consist of a small number of simple, repetitive movements in which patterns and shapes are created within the dance space. Generally performed in a social and recreational context, the emphasis in céilí dance is on enjoyment and interacting with your partner and the other dancers through, for example, smiling and other verbal cues.
ENSURE INCLUDED (from flyer)
What is céilí dancing?
Irish céilí dance refers to folk Irish dances performed with a partner or partners, usually in a social and recreational context. The emphasis is on enjoyment and interacting with other dancers physically, verbally and through non-verbal cues.
Céilí dances generally consist of a small number of simple, repetitive movements in, through and on a dance space. These movements can be forwards, backwards, in a circular motion, sideways or diagonally.
What is adaptive céilí dancing?
Dances are adapted with participants based on their previous dance experience, age, agility, mobility, physical cognitive or intellectual ability, and confidence.
What do we mean by participation?
We mean participation in its broadest sense which can include:
• Physical participation in the dances.
• Clapping or tapping feet to the rhythm of the music.
• Watching the dance activity.
What is adaptive céilí?
Adaptive céilí aims to be as inclusive as possible. Dances are adapted in collaboration with participants to take account of their experience levels and previous engagement with the dance form, their age, agility, mobility, physical or intellectual ability, and confidence. Adaptive céilí dance programmes operate within the framework of the céilí dance genre. This framework is sufficiently flexible to allow for interpretation and re-interpretation based on individual needs and abilities, enabling free creative expression for participants. In adaptive céilí dance, participation in its broadest sense is encouraged. This can include, for example, physical participation in the dances; audience participation through stamping, clapping or nodding to the rhythm of the dance; or passive observation of the dance activity.
Misc to do under adaptive ceili
On each page have a line or two about e.g. who they are for and what is involved
Add community leaders to people who might be interested in training
1. Céilí Recall = link to animation and other videos e.g. from camera from Céilí Mór and Shoe the Donkey from JMS and from my phone (e.g. Gerry’s wife dancing Tubridy)
2. Reels on Wheels = link to FB videos (or can I upload them to vimeo and have a bit of text on the link to RonW?) = add image of poster advertising reels on wheels
3. Some Dance to Remember = link to artsandhealth.ie full link
Reels on Wheels © for Wheelchair Users
Co-developed in 2022 by Munster Academy of Dance with wheelchair users for wheelchair users with funding and support from Limerick Sports Partnership and Irish Wheelchair Association – Sport.
Céilí Recall © for Older Adults
Co-developed in 2022 by Munster Academy of Dance in collaboration with older adults in Dublin city, supported by Age Friendly Ireland and Age Friendly Dublin City Council and funded by Creative Ireland.
Some Dance to Remember ©
Co-developed in 2017 by Munster Academy of Dance in collaboration with people living with dementia and their care partners and supported by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.