Photos of Akmed's Camel Broadstairs Folk Festival.

Country Dancing For Adults

Country and Ceilidh dance both originate from folk dances from the 15th or 16th century. This had lead to many similarities in both the dancing and the music.

Adult Country Dancing

A Ceilidh is Country Dancing for Adults

We all remember Country dancing from our school days, some with fond memories and some not. Kids now enjoy demonstrating their dancing skills and we may think, "Why should they have all the fun". Now we can.

Ceilidh Dancing builds upon the skills used in country dancing to a level more suitable for Adults. With Akmed's Camel, gone are the fancy costumes and recorded music and in is a rocky, up-tempo live band and night club style light show. Rather than being a demonstration activity, it’s something you really like to participate in.

Circle Dancing

There is no Maypole in Ceilidh dancing, but there are many routines that gather everyone into a large ring. Dances such as “Lucky 7” have everyone weaving in and out as they progress around the circle. By not having ribbons, mistakes are quickly overlooked and forgotten about.

Square Sets

Country dance Square sets are often arranged in sets of four or eight dancers. With Ceilidh Square Sets, four couples are almost always used. As with Country dances, a “Star” is formed by four people putting one hand in the middle and dancing round. Ceilidh “Stars” differ in that the hands are raised to a more dominant head height.

Longways Sets

As with Country Dancing, Longways sets consist of a group of males facing a group of females. Both use “Casting Off” and “Arches”. Longways sets in Ceilidh dancing quite often involves more complicated moves such as “Strip the Willow”. This is where a couple progresses by alternately swinging each other and the other couples until they reach the end of the set. This is great fun to watch but better to try.