Interactive children's dance workshop Ready Steady Ceilidh to run during 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This article is from 2014

Interactive dance workshop Ready Steady Ceilidh to run during 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Lunchtime show hosted by CBBC presenter Iain Stirling promises to teach wee bairns traditional Scottish dance

The younger counterpoint to Assembly’s late night dance show, This is Ceilidh, Ready, Steady, Ceilidh aims to introduce over-fives to the riotous pleasures of Scottish traditional dancing.

Hosted by CBBC presenter and comedian Iain Stirling, it will combine ceilidh fun with comedy, games and storytelling for all the family in its lunchtime slot. Lorne MacDougall will be Ready, Steady, Ceilidh’s resident piper in August. An acclaimed traditional musician, he performed at the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Prom last year, has played for hit films Brave and How to Train Your Dragon 2, and at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

‘A ceilidh is a traditional Scottish dance with an amazing live band,’ he explains, for children who might not know. ‘We’ll teach you the dances step by step. That's what the “caller” does – explains everything really clearly. It doesn’t matter how much ceilidh you’ve done before, just be ready to dance.’

As for mess-ups on the dancefloor – as MacDougall says, it can go wrong for the best of us.

‘I sometimes forget the steps,’ he admits. ‘And when I do, I just copy what someone else is doing and that usually works. But if it goes completely wrong, I just smile and clap my hands – that works too.’

Assembly George Square, 623 3030, 2–25 Aug (not 11), 12.30pm, £10--£12. Previews 31 Jul & 1 Aug, £6.

Ready, Steady, Ceilidh

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This is Ceilidh A chance for the whole family to get up, dance and learn the secrets of Scotland’s most famous shindig. Join host Iain Stirling (comedian and Bafta nominated CBBC presenter), and our live musicians as they introduce you and the kids to the exhilarating world of ceilidh and its fantastic party atmosphere.