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Ceili Dancing is achieving unprecedented popularity throughout the world. Learn the step-by-step basics of Irish dancing.
Songs from singers in Irish and English; jigs, reels, hornpipes and airs from solo musicians and groups; step dances, set dances, and ceili dances from exhibition and social dancers - this DVD from the television archives of RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster, contains more than two hours of outstanding performances from across the rich spectrum of Irish traditional music.
145 mins. (2008)DVD - All Region
VHS - $19.99 The only video ever made of this world famous Irish dancing competition, with almost 100 minutes of highlights of the 25th Anniversary, featuring traditional Irish dance music alongside modern, innovative Irish dance routines.
This unique video captures all the excitement, tension and joy of the championships, with 27 competitions including Solo Dancing, Ceili, Figure and Dance Drama featured. There are interviews with competitors and with Irish Dancing personalities from Ireland and from all over the world; it offers a real flavor of the background to the competition and shows the dedication and talent it takes to reach the World Irish Dancing Championships! Its a video you will treasure and enjoy watching many times over.
96 mins. (2007)VHS - NTSC format only (Canada, USA).DVD - All Region
Following the tremendous success of Matt's DVD, Come to the Ceili, this DVD had to be made. This is a live recording of Ceili music and dancing filmed at The Gathering -the traditional Irish music festival held at Irelands National Event Centre in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry. It is a video designed to entertain you, not just an attempt to teach you specific steps (but it does that too with instructions included!). It will enlighten you on how the Irish can knock sparks off the dance floor and skive off a few ounces of weight while enjoying themselves! You can also hear the best of Irish Traditional music from the maestro Matt Cunningham. The Gathering is a yearly event in Killarney when the best of Irish Traditional Musicians get together to play great music and have some fun. Music by Matt Cunningham and his Band. Featuring:The Corofin Plain Set; The Ballyvourney Jig Set; The Kilfenora Plain Set; The Sliabh Luachra Set; The Newport Set; The Caledonian; Set Dancing Exhibition; Slow Air; Old Time Waltz; Sean Nos Dancing; and the introduction of the Band "Maggie in the Woods". This DVD is a must for all Set Dancers. Over one and a half hours of the best in traditional Irish music and dancing.
90 mins. (2007)DVD - All Region
Inspired by the islanders of Inis Mor in Galway Bay, Ragús is a show of fast moving, traditional music, song and dance. It is the essential Irish experience. The word Ragús is the Gaelic for ‘urge’ or ‘desire’ and it captures the vibrant mood that this company of brilliant young musicians, singers and dancers create on stage.
83 mins. (2006)DVD - All Region
Shot at Cloonacauneen Castle, all Ceili sets are danced in their entirety. The instructor explains intricate movements in an easy to understand detailed fashion within each figure, including an explanation of the most commonly used terminology in set dancing.
The dance instruction is provided by some of the world's best known and most popular Irish set dancing instructors. Instructors and dancers include Pat Murphy, Betty Mc Coy, Padraig & Roisin McEneaney, Tony Ryan, Aidan Vaughan, John Henchy, Eileen O'Doherty, Terry Moylan, Johnny Morrissey and many more.
Irish Set and Ceili dance tradition has its own history, and ever since the first ceilis were held in the 1890’s, the ceili phenomenon has spread from Ireland to the four corners of the world. The tutors featured on this DVD have ensured through their teaching that the unique characteristics of these dances remain intact and that the dances are preserved in the best way possible. Unless these dances are learned and danced properly, over time they will become dramatically different.
Sets include: The Claddagh Set: 1st Figure, Reels 2nd Figure, Reels 3rd Figure, Reels 4th Figure, Jigs. Instruction by Pat Murphy.
The Sliabh Luachra Set: 1st Figure, Polkas 2nd Figure, Polkas 3rd Figure, Slides 4th Figure, Polkas 5th Figure, Slides 6th Figure, Hornpipes. Instruction by Aidan Vaughan.
The Clare Orange and Green: 1st Figure, Reels 2nd Figure, Jigs (Single) 3rd Figure, Reels 4th Figure, Polkas 5th Figure, Jigs (Double) 6th Figure, Reels. Instruction by Pádraig McEneany.
90 mins. (2005)DVD - All Region
Sets include: The Ballycroy Set: 1st Figure, Jigs 2nd Figure, Polkas 3rd Figure, Reels. Instruction by Pat Murphy.
The Caledonian Set: 1st Figure, Reels 2nd Figure, Reels 3rd Figure, Reels 4th Figure, Jigs 5th Figure, Reels 6th Figure, Hornpipes. Instruction by John Henchy.
The Fermanagh Quadrilles: 1st Figure, Reels 2nd Figure, Jigs 3rd Figure, Reels 4th Figure, Jigs 5th Figure, Jigs. Instruction by Pádraig McEneany.
The Aran Set: 1st Figure, Reels 2nd Figure, Reels 3rd Figure, Polkas. Instruction by Aidan Vaughan.
Sets include: The Galway Set: 1st Figure, Reels 2nd Figure, Reels 3rd Figure, Reels 4th Figure, Jigs 5th Figure, Reels. The Williamstown Set: 1st Figure, Reels 2nd Figure, Reels 3rd Figure, Reels 4th Figure, Jigs 5th Figure, Polkas. The Monaghan Set: 1st Figure, Reels 2nd Figure, Jigs 3rd Figure, Reels 4th Figure, Polkas 5th Figure, Hornpipes. The Clare Lancers: 1st Figure, Reels 2nd Figure, Reels 3rd Figure, Reels 4th Figure, Reels 5th Figure, Reels.
Jean Butler knows Irish dance. As the original star of Riverdance, she took Irish dancing to a new level showing just how exciting it can be. Suitable for those just beginning to explore Irish dance to the more accomplished dancer, Jean Butler’s Irish Dance is a series of techniques and exercises created by Jean herself.
Now you can dance with Jean at home or in the classroom as she shares the methods she developed over the years and honed through endless hours of practice. Using the special menu features you can even create and program your own personal routines.
Unique to the DVD is a stunning new dance performance, entitled Blue by Jean Butler, an explosive group jam session to the music of U2, and a behind-the-scenes look at one of Jean’s Workshops.
Jean takes a holistic view of dancing and stresses the importance of looking after body and mind. Dance with Jean and enjoy becoming the best dancer you can be. Featuring music by Kila and specially commissioned music by Rossa Ó Snodaigh. Not just for dancers, this DVD is a fun way to keep fit with Jean.
100 mins. (2005)DVD - All Region
Includes 18 of the all-time best performances of Riverdance from its extraordinary beginnings at the Point Theatre, Dublin, with original stars Michael Flatley and Jean Butler, through its phenomenal success in Radio City Music Hall, New York to its latest live recording in Geneva.
Riverdance boasts an international cast featuring the remarkable Riverdance Irish Dance Troupe, the cream of Irish musicians in the Riverdance Band and a spectacular array of talent from Spain, Russia and America, performing to the magic of Bill Whelan’s music. More electrifying than ever, this DVD is a treasure for Riverdance fans worldwide!
SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: RIVERDANCE– The Ten Years. An all New 65 Minute Documentary, celebrating the Riverdance phenomenon over the first 10 years. Featuring all the passion, power and intrigue of the show backstage. Introduced by Gabriel Byrne. RIVERDANCE – Behind the Scenes: Never seen before footage of the Riverdance backstage crew in action. RIVERDANCE- Performance at the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony.
113 mins. (2005)DVD - All Region
The thrilling new Irish dance drama based on Celtic Legends most passionate and enduring love story - the tragic romance of Diarmuid and Grainne. The show features the world famous dancers and Riverdance stars Jean Butler and Colin Dunne. Filmed at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, in London.
127 mins. (2004)DVD - Region 1 (Canada, United States; U.S. territories; Bermuda)
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