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Ceilidh blues

Scotland, I think we should put aside the thorny issue of independence for a while and focus on what’s truly important: rules for ceilidhs.

Guess where I went last night?

I was invited to a birthday shindig and despite arriving an hour late – there’s an epic tale of heartbreak and bad directions in there for another time – I had a lovely time. I could have had a few more dances, but there was a lack of available partners. Most people present were couples. That’s fine. Be all loved up. See if I care. There was a pair dancing like Danny Zuko and Cha-Cha DiGregorio who showed off their moves all night! That’s not what Mr Kellerman is paying you for! I’m possibly mixing my dance movie metaphors.

I think, and I’m sure the few other single/came-by-themselves guests would agree, that we need to do something about this. I told a friend about my couple-goggles later and he wondered if perhaps I hadn’t noticed as much last time I went to a ceilidh which was probably true – last time I ceilidh’ed I didn’t go alone – but didn’t help me get my feet on the dancefloor.

What I propose is this:

1. Arrive with your partner/significant other/meatshield

2. Have a warm-up dance with them just so everyone knows who belongs to who

3. Dance with some different people!

4. Maybe have one dance you do particularly well that you can show off about with your real partner

5. Dance with some different people!!!!

6. Leave with the person you came with.

Now, there are a lot of dances where you swap partners all the way through. That’s fine. But you need someone to dance with in the first place to be on the floor to make the set, or the circle or whatever. Where can I find one of those? I invited a friend to go with me to the dance but he was busy not being socially awkward. I did get some dancing in though. I did Dashing White Sergeants and the Canadian Barn Dance, and one I don’t know the name of before we finished with the Orcadian Strip the Willow I’ve posted about before. And I got birthday cake. So it was all good really.

On with the weekend – much ado about work and play. Possibly rest. Happy February everyone.

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