Where can I find a Scottish Ceilidh in London?
If you are looking for a good old Scottish shindig in London. You can check out the events listings for the https://ceilidhclub.com These are often run at Londons Cecil Sharp Househttps://www.cecilsharphouse.org/csh-whats-on. But can take place at different venues. So if your looking for one of the best nights out in London, head to a Scottish ceilidh!
What to expect at a Scottish Ceilidh
Dancing at Cèilidhs is usually in the form of Cèilidh dances, set dances or couple dances. A "Set" consists of four to eight couples, with each pair of couples facing another in a square or rectangular formation. Each couple exchanges position with the facing couple, and also facing couples exchange partners, while all the time keeping in step with the beat of the music.
However, about half of the dances in the modern Scots Cèilidh are couples' dances performed in a ring. These can be performed by fixed couples or in the more sociable "progressive" manner, with the lady moving to the next gentleman in the ring at or near the end of each repetition of the steps. In Ireland, the similar style of dance is called céili dance or fíor (true) céili dance. Some of the dances are named after famous regiments, historical battles and events, others after items of daily rural life. The "Gay Gordons", "Siege of Ennis", "The Walls of Limerick" and "The Stack of Barley" are popular dances in this genre.
Step dancing is another form of dancing often performed at Cèilidhs, the form that was popularised in the 1990s by the world-famous Riverdance ensemble. Whereas Set dancing involves all present, whatever their skill, Step dancing is usually reserved for show, being performed only by the most talented of dancers.
The Cèilidh has been internationalised by the Scottish and Irish diasporas in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, where local Cèilidhs and traditional music competitions are held. In recent years, Cèilidh and traditional music competitions have been frequently won by descendants of emigrants.
It bears mention that ceilidhs are common throughout Nova Scotia. The tradition and the spirit of these gatherings are carried on in most small communities of these maritime provinces.