Does anyone know if there’s a way of notating, or some form of shorthand to describe, the steps and moves for ceilidh dances? Also, is there a website/something where I can find loads of dances? (I know the best place to learn them is at a ceilidh, but failing that.)
The reason I’m asking is that I’m thinking of (eventually) starting up a ceilidh (or indeed ceili) band in the college I’m at. I was surprised there isn’t already one, as there’s no shortage of folk musicians here. So I thought, if we’re going to do it, we should do it properly, and actually play for dances. But then I realised that although I know plenty of tunes, I only know about three dances by heart. And if I’m going to write them down to remember them, it’s a bit annoying to write "OK, so everyone gets a partner, and then all the couples stand in a big line, guys on one side, girls on the other…" etc.
There’s for sure people here on The Sesh who’ve got vast warehouses of experience and knowledge in this matter. Care to spare me some, perhaps?