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Posted By: Bounty Hound
14-Mar-11 - 06:14 AM
Thread Name: wedding celidh help
Subject: RE: wedding celidh help
When we do a wedding, we often find that the majority are not that keen to dance, although bride and groom love the idea of a ceilidh, what happens is that you have a group of people who don't normally get together, relatives from all over the county etc, and they want more to sit and catch up. The Bride and Groom often want to spend the evening mingling rather than dancing, so weddings can be very hard work for the caller. Make sure you have plenty of 'incedental' music you can play.

One of the ways we try to overcome this is with a first dance called 'Random Starter' which starts with just the Bride, Groom, best man and his partner, who do the dance once, then split and each couple go and find another couple to dance with, the fours then split again and find more people etc. This usually works and results in a full dance floor.

May be worth having some simple kids dances in the repertoire.

The best 'wedding' dances we have done have been ones for contacts from the morris fraternity, so lots of keen dancers.

Hope you get a good crowd and there are some keen to dance.