Céilis, or social dances, are a part of the Irish culture. As the days warm up it isn’t uncommon for a céilis to be scheduled on weekend evenings. Walking around on a warm evening in Galway, Cinnia happened upon one. Strolling down the street ducking in and out of shops, she heard the sounds of a fiddle and some traditional folk music being played. Following the sound, Cinnia came upon the town center and the crowd that had gathered. A group of about six young girls were the center of attention as they performed traditional step dancing. Cinnia edged her way to the front to get a better view. As she watched, she began to clap in time to the beat of the music with the rest of the onlookers.
Ahh, the verve and vitality of youth! I’m amazed at how quickly they move their feet. There is such a great energy and spirit here. I love this!
The song came to and end and the girls began to disperse into the crowd as the band struck up another tune. The dancers weren’t done however; they pulled people into the center with them. Cinnia happily joined them as they gave a crash course in how to do some basic steps. Laughing Cinnia tried and tried and eventually started to get the hang of it, at a snail's pace at any rate, not nearly as elegantly or swiftly as the girls.
This is hard! I feel like a klutz but it’s so much fun.
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