"... a huge number of people throwing themselves around the dance floor..."
Mike Harding BBC
"The vertical expression of the horizontal intent."
"It's often hard to tell who's having the most fun the musicians or the dancers."
"Check out the e-ceilidh phenomenon, a mix of English & Celtic derived social dance. This is where dancing is more important than the dance and the purpose is to party.
Truly harmony in motion...."
Dance: Strip The Willow. Tunes: Hastings and Uncle Bernard's (reels)
Venue: Wasserturm Kreuzberg Date: January 2015
What is an e-ceilidh?
Traditionally Gaelic, originating from Scotland and Ireland a ceilidh was a social gathering that did not necessarily include dancing.
It was a meeting of people to tell stories and tales, recite poems and ballads, occasionally with music and dancing.
In more recent decades the music and dancing were and still are the main itinerary of the ‘social gathering’.
Jigs, Reels, Polkas, line, square and circle sets encompass the traditional folk dances. Melodeons, fiddles, whistles and many more traditional instruments providing good dancing music.
E-ceilidh dances use traditional dancing sets, but the music can be a mix of traditional and modern instruments…. Melodeons and whistles with bass guitar and drums for example. The beat is usually lively and the dancing energetic, as some of you will have experienced at our e-ceilidh nights.
The very nature of the dances and the great rhythm of the music surely can only get you up on that dance floor!
A great and positive way to get people socialising and interacting ….. See you all at the next e-ceilidh!
"Forget languid tropical beats, this is the reel stuff, and if you can do two dances in a row then you’re not doing right. The repertoire is based firmly in the tradition with influences from all over the world, just as it always was - and should be. This isn’t folk; it’s world music from the sweaty underside of the industrial revolution. So grab your dancing feet, hit the floor and find nirvana in the beat."
"There's a way of playing a tune...
...an accent, a dialogue
There's a sound that starts in your feet...
...and finishes as total energy on the dance floor
Where Dance is the the whole universe...
...total commitment - total dance"