The intention behind the production of the Ar Rinci Ceili 2014 hand book and DVD was to give clarity as to how these Céilí dances should be performed, and to remove insofar as is possible the ambiguities contained in Ar Rinci Foirne. With this in mind, An Coimisiun has previously produced a list of the changes embodied in the new publications for the guidance of teachers, adjudicators and dancers.
However, the members of the Music and Dance Committee are concerned, as, indeed, are other members of An Coimisiun, that a particularly fundamentalist attitude may be adopted by adjudicators and others charged with implementing these changes. Ceili dancing is a living art and cannot be so tightly packaged that there is no room left for innovation. We would absolutely agree that, having published this new revised handbook and DVD of our beloved Ceili dances, the movements should be performed as per Ar Rinci Ceili.
However, movements in Ceili dances are intended to flow naturally. Although numbers of bars may be specified within the description of a movement, the natural flow and rhythm of the dance may take precedence over strict compliance with these requirements. Notwithstanding such considerations, the total number of bars specified to complete a movement must be adhered to.
Please find attached important notices from An Coiste Rince & Ceol – Music and Dance Committee. One is in reference to the below motion passed at the last meeting of An Coimisiún and the other regarding the light jig.
- That the wording of the final sentence in the description of the First Figure of Trip to the Cottage in Ár Rincí Céilí be amended to read as follows: All sidestep clockwise, finishing with two threes, and release hands (4 bars); couples then take hands (crossed or uncrossed) and swing back to place (4 bars).