Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Haymakers Jig

Earlier this week I took a Ceili dance class.  
We learned three dances:
Siege of Ennis, Bonfire Dance and the Haymakers Jig.

Goodness knows I am way too old and out of shape for this sort of dancing.
My ankles were not happy with me the following day.
But still, it was soooo much fun!

We had good natured teachers who kept smiling even when we made lots of mistakes;
the young ladies of  Ceili At The Crossroads.
(Many of these girls are my daughter's friends, from her Irish dancing days.)

(I did not take this picture.  It is from their web site.)

I could not get any pictures or video from our Ceili class.
I was too busy trying to figure out where to put my feet!
But I did find a couple of youtube videos online
that show other people dancing the Haymakers Jig and the Siege of Ennis.
Just image it with regular clothes, many mistakes and loads of laughter
and you'll have a pretty good idea of how our class went.

32 comments:

  1. I like that style of dance and its historic roots. Sounds like fun and good exercise all in one.

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    1. I watched my daughter and her friends do it for years. Tried it myself several years back, but didn't keep it up, and so I thought I could just jump in and do it again. HA! I LOVE watching other people dance. :-)

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  2. What fun that must have been! I too would have been collapsing at day end . . .

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    1. It was so fun! You should try it sometime. :-)

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  3. I have gone to many Ceilis over the years and they were disastrous; for me, not anyone else. I am so uncoordinated and I always ended up tripping up myself and other dancers. It was fun though! :-)

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    1. All the class participants and teachers were good about leading people along when they got mixed up. I certainly did my share of starting with the wrong foot and going right when I was supposed to go left. :-)

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  4. I think maybe I could do the second one, it looks like fun!:)

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    1. Yes, you could Laurie. And it was a LOT of fun.

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  5. I bet you did have fun - it looks like it is hard to do - but still fun.

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    1. The hardest thing for me was remembering If I needed to put my foot down in front of me or in back of me, so that I could start the next sequence of steps going in the proper direction. Sigh... my brain is getting old. :-)

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  6. Good for you! What a beautiful way to get exercise. I bet you were tired but had lots of fun.

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    1. Kim, it had been 4 (?) years since the last time I tried any of these ceili dances. I was pooped after a few seconds!

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  7. Oh this looks like a barrel of fun!
    I bet there was a whole lot of laughing, for sure!

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  8. It looks like loads of fun! Until the ankles start aching. :)

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    1. My ankles are fine again. It didn't last long.

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  9. Gayle, thank you so much for sharing these two videos. I love Irish dancing and watching these two videos reminded me of two summers ago when we were at the Highlands Festival we try to attend every year. My hubby actually videoed me dancing with the group that was dancing there. It was so fun! Glad you had a good time...the music is so cheerful!

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    1. When are you going to post that video, Dianna? :-)

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  10. Oh my, what fun. I took flamenco dancing classes a couple of years ago with similar results. Good for you for giving it a try!

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    1. I think one must have a very flexible back to do flamenco, with all the twisting and turning they do.

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  11. How fun! I love Irish dancing and have always wanted to take a class. My daughter is a Celtic harpist, so we always have music in the house and it makes my toes itch to start clogging!

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    1. We should get your daughter and my daughter together, and then we could sit back and enjoy the music and dancing. :-)

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  12. What fun....my daughter is a dancer too...I even took tap classes a few years back...it was so fun. xo

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    1. I took a tap class in college. Fun. :-)

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  13. I am so proud of you for doing that! You go girl!

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  14. It looks like a lot of fun. I'm not sure what my knees, ankles or hips would make of it!

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    1. It didn't seem to bother my knees or hips, just the ankles. Something I'm sure would ease up if I did it often enough.

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  15. How fun! I'd take something like this too.

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    1. I bet there are dance schools in your area that offer classes similar to this. :-)

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THANK YOU for your thoughtful comments. Replies to your questions will be posted here, so be sure to check back soon. Have a wonderful day! - Gayle, Garden Of Daisies