FAQ 2 What makes a Ceilidh or Barn Dance such a good form of entertainment?
This type of dancing is suitable for all ages and abilities. The joy of a ceilidh or barn dance is that it gets everyone mixing together, even if they’ve never done this sort of dancing before and don’t know one another.
Having a Barn Dance, Ceilidh or Hoedown is highly recommended as very suitable evening entertainment for Weddings, Civil Partnerships and marriages, anyone celebrating a “Big” Birthday, all special Wedding Anniversaries, any other private parties and corporate occasions, Charity fund raising events, School PTA gatherings, Church social occasions and really, just about any other event where the public can come along.
Very young toddlers can dance with their parents, and children of about 6 or 7 upwards can easily join in the dancing on their own. We’ve known 95 year-olds join in the fun, so all the Grans and Grandads, Uncles and Aunties can get involved too – there’s no reason not to! Having said that, some of the dances are far more energetic than others, so maybe advise Granny to avoid Strip The Willow as that dance really can whip along at a pretty fast pace by the end of it!
Some dances are what’s called “progressive”, which means that you or your dancing partner move on to a different person (or couple) each time through the dance, which makes it a great ice breaker and very sociable indeed.
It’s fine for girls to dance together if they want, and to the amusement of some people, yes, lads sometimes dance together too!
Good news - absolutely no previous dancing experience is necessary. Even better news - there’s no need to be particularly fit – just be willing to have FUN!