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Sean Nós Dance Workshop
October 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm$20
An introduction to the wonders of Sean nós dance:
No idea of what Sean nós dance is? Then this is the workshop for you. Have done a little sean nós dance and looking for ways to build your repertoire? Then this is the workshop for you.
Sean nós literally means “old style” in Irish. It is one of the oldest variants of Irish dance. Historically, in the remote villages of the Gaeltacht, Sean nós dance with its rich regional variances was passed down grandparent to child. As those extended family households became less common, instruction in Sean nós dance moved outside the home and into the community. Sean nós dance has some similarities to Canadian Step Dance, or Treble Reels, however it is a unique dance form. It is an exciting, improvised, heel-dominant battering style dance characterized by a loose,
playful upper body, close to the floor steps & a strong musicality. As an improvised communication between musician & dancer, the dancer readily responds to variations in the tune and changes to the tune, rather than dancing a set routine. The Sean nós dancer and musician define tempo/speed and musical style together (reel,
jig, hornpipe). Sean nós dancers synthesize learnt steps or family sequences into that musician-dancer conversation so that their personality is apparent. Another key characteristic of Sean nós dance is that the shuffles are predominantly heel/toe shuffles with their feet close to the floor as opposed to toe/toe shuffles characteristic of modern Irish step dancing.
Those registering for the Sean nós dance workshop are requested to wear either regular street
shoes or Traditional Group Set Dance shoes which have a leather sole and a hard heel.
Please do not wear shoes with metal taps nor Irish Dance hard shoes.
In this workshop, Marilyn will lead you in your journey of personalizing your Sean nós dance style.
In her youth, Marilyn loved the world of Canadian Step Dancing and dancing to her father’s Square Dance calls, or swinging around the floor at Junior Farmer Dances. Twenty years ago, alongside her children, she began Irish
Dance lessons. Then ten years later, at the Summer Irish Immersion Camp, Marilyn was introduced to the wonders of Sean nós dance. Marilyn’s training has since given her opportunities to study under local and world renowned
Irish Sean nós dancers and teachers. In 2009, Marilyn co-founded the Celtic Thunder Academy of Irish Music
and Dance. She teaches Irish music & dance lessons in Harriston, Guelph, and Fergus. Marilyn is the Artistic Director of the Spring Rain Weekend -an annual Irish Cultural Weekend in Belwood, ON.
Marilyn also teaches high school. She earned high honours in both her TMRF Irish Dance Teachers’ qualifications and her Dance Part 2 certification for teaching dance in Ontario’s schools.