~ Come Ceili ~

Shall we meet at the woolshed dance
will you take me onto the floor
will you capture my eyes with your smile
and hold me forever more
Will we follow the ceili all the eve long
as the caller sings
and will you catch me and hold me and keep me safe
when we join in colonial swing!

~ Come Ceili ~

adgray

Frankston, Australia

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Artist's Description

Bushdancing in Australia, like the Australians that we are, is a mixture of all the different cultural dances that came with the people brought here. Ceili is the basis as the Irish always dance ~ in frustration in joy in rebellion in love ~ and as the bulk of our “Whiteman” population began as Irish convicts it came from here.
They were not allowed their church but they could not be prevented from dancing!

But the Australians developed a colonial swing! [2 people of similar size]
1- stand facing each other
2- place your left foot beside that of your partner
3- place the ball of your right foot behind your left heel
4- grab each other’s thumbs
5- lean back with straight arms – pulling each other to stay upright
6- then slowly pivot [rocking from right toe to left foot] around in a double spin [small steps]
7- gradually get faster
8- DON’T LET GO! :O)
Have FUN! ☺

Provoked into existence, my poem is inspired by the Shot of street Ceili dancers presented by the incouragable Shane McGowan

Enjoy! ♥

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