Ceili Dancing in Action

What is ceili dancing?

Ceili dancing is the traditional group dancing native to Ireland, first taught by tradition and then, in 1939, put into writing by the Irish dancing commission. The dances we teach are those generations-old dances handed down through the years. In addition to traditional dances, Bluegrass Ceili Academy teaches and performs original choreographies. Take a look at our 2018 Showcase performance to see some of our work onstage.


Below are two examples of traditional ceili dances, with modern enhancement for performances.  Both dances were arranged by Bluegrass Ceili Academy director Megan Moloney when she was an instructor in the Washington, D.C. area.


Eight Hand Jig ~ This version of the traditional Eight Hand Jig was seen onstage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on March 16, 2010.
Music: Calliope House / The Cowboy Jig Medley – Alasdair Fraser



Fionnala, a four  hand reel ~ An early 20th century four hand dance, performed at the Black Rock Center for the Arts in March 2012.
Music:  Jonny’s Flush / The Boiling Hen – The McDades


We offer Irish ceili dancing classes and workshops for children and adults in Lexington and Central Kentucky. If you’re interested in booking a workshop or individual or small group lessons, please complete our workshop registration form online. (Opens a Google Form in a new window.) To register for classes, please read more here.