Tune: Miss McLeod's Reel
This is another traditional reel of Scottish origin, used often for sean-nos dancing. It's a double reel, meaning it has 2 melodies: the A part and the B part. The structure of the tune is AABB
You can find it here:
Percussive Dance Skill: Clarity of Shuffles
We are continuing to work on our shuffle timing, which is a great thing for experienced dancers as well as new dancers!
And we use our "Dee Dum" spoken language to help work on the articulation of the heel and the step:
Percussive Skill & Personal Style: Identifying and Creating Using 8 bar phrases
Most Irish tunes are segmented into 8 bar melodies.
In Level II we work on keeping track of the beat AND keeping track of the 8 bar phrases.
We work mainly in the style of dancer Roisin Ni Mhainin whose personal style is based in 8 bar steps.
SOCIAL DANCING: Reinforcing 8 bars & Personal Style
This month we worked on the 2nd figure of the Connemara Set, (which uses the Connemara Basic footwork, and has a new movement every 8 bars).
But the second figure also has an element of personal style, in the Do-Si-Do move, which allowed kids to branch out and see if they could do their own steps and still end on time.
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