We plan to nominate at least one ceilidh a month as the specific Ceilidh MeetUp and there will be a table reserved for our group with the Meetup Logo sign. Do come along and have some great nights out joining in the dancing, it really is great fun, especially with a group.
There will be a group of us at each of the monthly Scots Music Group ceilidhs at St Brides. When booking your ticket with the SMG please add a note "Meetup Table" so we can get one reserved for us until 8:30pm, we may have to remove the reserved sign from the table after that time. Please note the numbers shown for Meetup members attending the ceilidhs is usually LESS than accurate as several turn up regularly without having this noted on the Meetup site. The average at the regular monthly ceilidh is 35 dancers, with often over 60 in our group so we book several tables.
PLEASE NOTE you need to book your own tickets direct with the individual ceilidh organisers for each event. Payments to this Ceilidh Meetup website help toward cover the Meetup web fee to keep this site going; contributions are much appreciated.
If your New Year's Resolution was to get fit and get out more or do more socially, you can combine these with ceilidh dancing. Meantime, to quote the Scots Music Group website “If you’d like to brush up on your ceilidh dancing skills before coming along to one of our ceilidhs, why not drop in to the friendly ceilidh dance classes.” It is relaxing, fun and a great way to keep fit. There are classes at DanceBase, the National Centre for Dance, Edinburgh. The drop in classes from September 2012 are on Thursday nights at DanceBase in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh. Beginners (6:30 - 7:30pm) or Intermediate level (19:00 -20.30hrs) joining the end of the beginners class for a warm up. The classes are great fun and a very relaxing way to get fit. To quote the DanceBase website, beginners classes are “A chance to learn those traditional dances and join in at the ceilidh. Aimed at socialising through dancing. Only those prepared to have fun should be there!” They have brilliant music from top musicians and you will have fun. Further details: The night classes are a great way to learn the dances and get to know the regulars. http://www.dancebase.co.uk/
Thanks to everyone who has come along and enjoyed the events run over the few years. We hope you will also continue to support lots great fundraising ceilidhs which are promoted (by me or the individual organisers) on the Edinburgh Ceilidh Diary: http://www.mikescommunity.com
Ceilidh Event Organisers are kindly asked to ensure their events are scheduled on different dates so we have at least one ceilidh each weekend. In October 2011, we had none for several weekends and then a choice of 4 on 29th October 2011. PLEASE check with www.MikesCommunity.com/diary _ On behalf of the regular dancers who support all your charities by attending the ceilidhs, please avoid the middle Friday which is Teannaich at South Hall (around 15th of the month) and the final Saturday of the month which is the SMG St Brides ceilidh, and please check the dates including the first Friday in the month is usually Ken's ceilidh at Lauriston Hall.
. . The Ceilidh Meetup group is a diverse group of folk all keen to dance. Many of us come along to dance without bringing partners. All nationalities are welcome: you don't need to speak English (or Scottish, or even understand Glaswegian) to join in the dancing.
What to wear? We've been asked this question frequently so look at the photos or this link for more information http://www.diyscotland.co.uk/ceilidh-dress-code Generally comfortable shoes: you wouldn't want someone wearing stillettos to tred on your toes, please don't wear sharp heels on the dance floor.
Just a general reminder that when you RSVP for any Meetup events, please keep it positive - you don't need to give a NO rsvp unless you initially gave YES but then changed your plans.
_____ Some ceilidhs you can buy tickets on the door if you are lucky and arrive early (within 30 minutes of the start/doors open time), but it's a good idea to book or buy your ticket, direct with the ceilidh organisers, in advance as many ceilidhs sell out. PAYMENTS paid to this website go towards the Meetup web hosting monthly charge and administration costs: contributions are most welcome and gratefully received - there is a collection tin on the tables at some ceilidhs and we suggest £1 per ceilidh or £5 per year. Newcomers are advised to arrive early for the start of the ceilidh so we can meet at the table and say hello to one another - and because the logo may have to be taken off the table after 9pm.
To quote from Eat Haggis & Ceilidh On, published by Bookspeed: "Ceilidh - always means having a good time."
...Other quotes: "Very uplifting, not just the kilts". Ceilidhs lift your spirits..