We have compiled a list of popular ceilidh dances. Use the filters to find the perfect dance, click on the dance title for dance instructions and demonstration
A simple and fun well known circle dance traditionally used to end an evening, though also an easy dance to start with too.
Circle Mixer. Big circle OR small circles of 4 or 5.
A well known step-hop ceilidh dance, danced to a hornpipe rhythm for four couples
Top couple starts with couple 1 and progresses to couple 2, couple 3 and couple 4.
The famous Scottish square dance - Gallops, stars and baskets. Always a hit at lively gatherings!
One of the most famous Scottish Dances, a firm favourite and a must for Scottish weddings!
Popular and oft-requested strip the willow dance for as many as will.
The most famous Scottish dance of all? A simple dance and a perennial favourite at all Scottish gatherings
Also known as the Brown Jug Polka
64 bar longways set with all the favourite elements: gallops, horseshoe's and strip the willows
Possibly a variation of Down the Middle and Up the Sides
4 Couple Longways plus one extra person (the dingle)
Line is subdivided into sets of two couples, standing side by side rather than facing across. First Couple on ...
A three part slip jig often associated with Christmas due to it's appearance in Charles Dicken's " A Christmas ...
Fun progressive dance for four or five couples with lots of resting too.
Fabulous dance for circle of Trios devised by Dick Shepherd, father of Blowzabella's Dave Shepherd
By Andrew Swaine who says: "A ceilidh hornpipe. The A part was inspired by "Billie's Hornpipe", which I wanted to ...
Sets arranged in a circle around the room, men facing clockwise, women anti-clockwise
First noted 1750
A fun Sicillian circle dance, great for parties!