Céilí Dance

Riley School is pleased to again present a Céilí Dance this Spring Quarter. Come dance with us.

A céilí is a social gathering, which historically might include sharing stories, songs, and poems as well as dancing. In recent years the céilí has focused more on dancing, and specific céilí dances and styles of céilí dance have developed.

Our céilí will be led by a caller - Éamonn de Cógáin - who will teach dances and help dancers keep track of what to do. Most dances are performed in sets (like square dances) or lines (like contra dances) rather than individual partner dances.

Live music for dancing will be provided by the Riley School's own Céilí Band, led by Rick Boyce.

We ask dancers to bring snacks to share; we will take a break after an hour or so to eat, then dance some more!

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When :
Saturday, April 13
Doors open at 2:30 PM and dancing will start at 3 PM

Where :
Foundation Hall
St. Stephen Church
3804 Eastern Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45226
(in the Columbia-Tusculum area)

Tickets :
You can purchase tickets at the door or online at TicketSpice.
  • Adult tickets are $11.37 online or $10 cash at the door.
  • 12-and-under tickets are $6.20 online or $5 cash at the door.
  • No charge for babies.

Céilí FAQ

Should people with no dancing experience attend?

Absolutely! The caller and more experienced dancers will help the less experienced dancers figure out what to do.

Should experienced dancers attend?


Should kids attend?

Definitely! Parents are responsible for keeping an eye on them, though.

Do I need to bring a partner?

No. Most people switch partners between dances anyway.

Will there be drinks for sale?

No, only water for free. However, people are welcome to bring their own alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks.

Is Foundation Hall accessible to people in wheelchairs or walkers?

The hall is only accessible by stairs.

What else should I know?

Allison Duvall of the McTeggart Irish Dancers will present a free introduction to céilí dancing workshop on March 30 at 12:30 PM, hosted by the Riley School of Irish Music, at Grace United Methodist Church 2221 Slane Ave. Norwood, OH 45212. Bring your friends!

What if I have other questions?

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