As part of an English Language School’s events, The Ceili Experience can be a great added bonus to the students visit to Ireland. The class can cater for both male and female students of all ages, culture, nationality and fitness levels. Usually runs for 45 to 90 minutes, depending on your schedule and the group size (minimum 10).

Many Cork based English Language schools have Fionan Cogan’s Ceili Experience as part of their programme of events during their trip to Ireland. The feedback from his class is that it “was the highlight of their time in Ireland!”

How will it work in the class room?

The emphasis will be on
  • having fun
  • explaining the steps
  • movement patterns
  • the 3′s,
  • the 7′s
  • the swing.
These are used in all the dances as the steps and patterns are then put together to form a dance. Each dance builds on the one before it, with something new added or changed each time.
Different tempo and style of dances will be taught such as
  • Reels,
  • Jigs,
  • Polkas
  • Slides
The students will gain some knowledge and cultural experience of social Irish Céilí dances, such as :
  • Two Hand Reel,
  • Two Hand Jig,
  • Walls of Limerick,
  • Siege of Ennis, etc.

Other Curricular Areas used during the Ceili Experience

English – students will learn to listen to a more fluid colloquial level of English. They will have to respond to the requests and instructions of the Tutor, all in English, to allow them to complete the dances.
Maths – students will learn in English – numbers, sequences and geometric shapes via counting the steps, seeing the patterns and spatial awareness.
Music – the skill of listening and responding to music will be taught through dance movements.
Visual Arts – names, movements and history of the dances can stimulate a variety of visual images, which could be illustrated through drawing, painting and colouring.
History –The history of the dances will be explained as they are taught.
Geography – dances originated from different parts of the country and a map of Ireland could be utilised to illustrate where these are. Furthermore, an illustration could be used on where Irish dancing, i.e. Riverdance has performed around the world. Social skills, co-operation and team work will be taught as dancing requires the use of all three.
ceili students at a dance party in Cork City