No experience is necessary to ceili dance on St. Patrick's Day.
The Yampa Valley Ceili Society is hosting its third annual St. Patrick's Day celebration, which will include a brief instructional period at the beginning of each dance.
The Yampa Valley Ceili Society's third annual St. Patrick's Day celebration
7:30 p.m. today
Depot Art Center, 1003 13th St.
$8, $5 for children, seniors and students and free for members
Nora Parker, a member of the society, describes this form of Irish social dancing as more like a square dance than the solo step that people see in Riverdance. At last year's Ceili, there were as many as 116 people dancing at one time. "Everybody who comes just smiles the whole time they're there," Parker said.
Live music will be performed by Gary Burman on the uilleann pipes, Bonnie Murray on the fiddle, Greg Zulevich on the bouzouki and Jay Roemer on guitar. Parker is the dance caller.
Parker, who is a classically trained ballerina, likes Irish dance because it is fun and social. Ceili can be very intricate and complicated, and there are 30 to 40 types of documented ceili dances. Tonight they will get through five or six of them.
"We take it dance by dance where everyone tries it, and then dances it," Parker said.
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council will provide Irish beer for the event, and the members of the Yampa Valley Ceili Society will provide traditional Irish snacks.
This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in true Irish style.