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Irish Set Dancing Made Easy Volume 1 The Claddagh Set,The Sliabh Luachra Set,The Clare Orange and Green

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SET DANCING MADE EASY was shoot in Cloonacauneen Castle, which is situated in the hinterland of Galway City, west of Ireland in 2005 Matt has indeed previously released video recordings of set and ceili dancing and although many dancers have learned from these recordings they were not devised as instructional aides for dancers but more for entertainment. In contrast, this new series of recordings are specifically designed to educate the dancer. All of the sets are danced in their entirety and easily understood as a result of the very suitable recording process used. The instructor explains intricate movements within each figure in detail and also available on the recordings for the first time is an explanation of the most commonly used terminology used in set dancing. The Following are the Sets, Instructors and Dancers on this DVD The Claddagh Set: 1st Figure Reels 2nd Figure Reels 3rd Figure Reels 4th Figure Jigs Instruction: Pat Murphy Dancers: Pat Murphy, Tony Ryan, Mike Mahony, D nal Morrissey, Anne Marie Cunningham, Bernie Nash, Mary Hughes, Margaret Joyce. The Sliabh Luachra Set: 1st Figure Polkas 2nd Figure Polkas 3rd Figure Slides 4th Figure Polkas 5th Figure Slides 6th Figure Hornpipes Instruction: Aidan Vaughan Dancers: Aidan Vaughan, Betty Mc Coy, Gerry Ryan, Eileen O Doherty, Deirdre Morrissey, Johnny Morrissey, Terry Moylan, Pascale Gaudry. The Clare Orange and Green: 1st Figure Reels 2nd Figure Jigs Single 3rd Figure Reels 4th Figure Polkas 5th Figure Jigs Double 6th Figure Reels Instruction: Padraig McEneany Dancers: Padraig McEneany, Rosheenn McEneany, Donal Morrissey, Mary Conboy, Sean Whitelaw, Philomena Dooley, Shane Ryan, Maire Devane


Cloonacauneen castle has twined the ancient charms of the past with the recreational demand of today. Like the castle, the Irish Set and Ceili dance tradition has its own history and ever since the first ceilis were held in the 1890 s, the ceili phenomenon has spread from Ireland to the four corners of the world. The tutors featured on this recording, amongst others, have insured through their teaching that the unique characteristics of these dances remain intact and that the dance are preserved in the best way possible. Unless these dances are learned and danced in the proper fashion, over time they will become dramatically different. Matt Cunningham and Ainm Music would like to thank the tutors, dancers and musicians who agreed to be part of this recording, for their time and enthusiasm and most especially for their fine performances. Finally, this recording is for you. I hope that you enjoy it and if you learn from it and put what you have learned into practice on the dance floor, wherever in the world you may be, then this recording will have in its own way taken steps to preserve and enhance one of our greatest Irish traditions so come with me and step it out! It s easy --Matt Cunningham

If its Irish Set Dancing Music or Traditional Music you like the best in Ireland must be Matt Cunningham. It was Joe O'Donovan a renowned dancing instructor who described Matt as a pioneer in the recording of appropriate Music for set dancing. His balance of bright and lively music with the right amount of lift is essential for the dancer and is one of the reasons for his huge popularity. It was another well-known instructor who said Matt Cunningham s Dance Music of Ireland Volume 1 to 12 is the Complete Dance Music of Ireland Collection --Irish Music Magazine

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  • Actors: Matt Cunningham Band and Dancers
  • Directors: Frank stubbs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    General Audience
  • Studio: Ainm Music
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000J20CB6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,397 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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