Interactive children's dance workshop Ready Steady Ceilidh to run during 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Lunchtime show hosted by CBBC presenter Iain Stirling promises to teach wee bairns traditional Scottish dance
This article is from 2014.
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.