Why don’t you do classes elsewhere, on other days?
CeilidhKids is not a franchise or a chain, just a small local
enterprise which is continuing to evolve… we’re doing our best to keep up with demand so watch this space! Who knows might happen in the future? But we need a group of at least 10 families for a class to be really successful, and often requests only come in ones and twos from each area.
Classes - Frequently Asked Questions
What happens at CeilidhKids classes?
Lots of fun and participation! CeilidhKids is for families so everyone gets involved. You and your child dance, clap, and march together with the music and learn a few very simple (often simplified) dances and figures that you might meet at a ceilidh or Scottish Country dance. We dance to CD recordings of top bands and the emphasis is on fun and staying within your child’s comfort zone. The 3-5 year olds don’t even have to let go of your hand if they don’t want to!
What will my child learn?
Rhythm and movement to music, and improved confidence, attention and listening skills. Also an awareness of him or herself in relation to others and to the available space, as well as the social aspect of dancing with a partner and with friends. We do a lot of counting at CeilidhKids (generally to eight) and introduce the concepts of ‘right’ and ‘left’ in conjunction with the very beginnings of dance steps and simple movements and formations. But above all it’s about FUN for adults and children alike.
What do we wear?
Anything you like! T shirts, fancy dress, kilts, party dresses
and tracksuits are all popular. Soft shoes are useful though -
plimsolls are great, and ballet shoes are even better.
Why so much adult participation?
Ceilidh dances have traditionally been passed down through families, with the older generation teaching the younger. More practically, though, the instructions can be tricky for smaller children to follow and a guiding adult hand makes all the difference between carefree participation and bewilderment... So CeilidhKids is not a ‘drop off’ facility. It’s for everyone.
Why are the classes so early in the afternoon?
My child naps then and it’s a rush from nursery...
Sorry. But if the classes were any later, they would clash with the school pick-up time, and we need to collect our own children, as do many other families. We can’t please everyone unfortunately! We do run morning classes though…
My child is busy during class times /
lives too far away / has already started school...
Don’t worry. Phone me or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I can give you details of other children’s Scottish dancing classes in the Edinburgh area. There’s plenty going on so hopefully there’ll be something suitable! (Naturally we’re devastated not to be meeting you and your child ourselves though...)
We’re looking forward to hearing from you. Happy dancing!
My child is only 2 - can’t he or she join in?
We never turn anyone away at CeilidhKids and of course everyone is welcome to come along for a dance, no matter how small (or how big). We just put ‘age 3-5’ because this is the age range the class is aimed at, so younger ones may find the demands of the class a bit beyond them.
But if you want to come, we’re happy to have you.