Ceilidh Caller

I am an experienced ceilidh & folk dance caller and an Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) qualified Scottish Country Dance Teacher who can provide friendly, fun calling for all levels of dancers to make your dance event go with a swing!

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About Me


nicola scott, ceilidh caller Scottish Country Dancing has been part of my life since university. Since then I have been hooked and have become deeply involved in the folk dance scene in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

I have called at local folk dance clubs where the dancers enjoy my unique mix of Scottish, English and contra dances, as well as fun ceilidhs for birthdays, wedding and other celebrations.

I teach a weekly Scottish Country Dancing beginners class in Kings Heath in Birmingham, where dancers have the opportunity to improve their technique and learn some more challenging formations.

I have also written some Scottish dances, two of which have been published by the RSCDS (Royal Scottish Country Dance Society) in Book 50 (2016) and Book 52 (2018).

 

What is a Ceilidh?


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Ceilidh

It's a fun, active way to spend an evening, dancing and socialising!

In every dance, you have a partner (you can choose someone new for each dance!) and are in a set with at least 4 or 6 other people – You can't get much more sociable than that!

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Not Highland Dancing

It's not quite such hard work as highland dancing - we have some steps to get the hang of, but it's more social than technical or competitive.

Contrary to expectations, we don't often dance to bagpipes (thankfully!) – music is usually provided by accordion and fiddle.

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But Fun!

The dances I select for each event are specially chosen to be right for the people there on the night – whether straightforward crowd-pleasing dances for a birthday party or more intricate, challenging dances for experienced folk dancers. For me, the key criteria is that the dances are always fun!

Music


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I have a large collection of Scottish, Contra and Ceilidh music and my own sound system that I can bring along to events and folk clubs.

But it’s much nicer to have live music – it really adds to the atmosphere!

I have worked with many different local musicians and bands. I can help you to find the right music for your event – live music really adds to the atmosphere.

I am lucky to have shared a stage with many talented local musicians. Bands and musicians I have worked with include: John Dudley, Stradivarious, Meg Winters, Cole Valley Ceilidh Band, Brian McMinn, Chris Dewhurst, Narrow Escape, Cat’s Whiskers, Mad Moll, The Falconers, Nozzy, Vertical Expression.

Please do be aware that some musicians have bookings more than a year in advance so to avoid disappointment, please get in touch early.

 

Future & Past Gigs


  • Playford and Scottish Weekend (Devon, August 2019)
  • RSCDS Bristol Dawlish Weekend (March 2020)
  • RSCDS Cornwall Newquay Weekend (March 2020)
  • May Heydays Festival, Evesham (May 2020)
  • RSCDS Bristol Day School (November 2021)

 

Previous events

Here are a few examples of my recent gigs:

  • Ceilidhs and barn dances for birthdays, hen parties, fundraisers and just for fun!  Across the West Midlands and sometimes in Wales!
  • Burns Night Suppers across the West Midlands with traditional Scottish Ceilidh Dancing to help the haggis down!
  • Local folk dance clubs including Sytchampton, Friday Folk, Avoncroft, Friendly Folk, Rubery where I call a mixture of Scottish, English and Contra dances, both to live music and recorded music.
  • Workshops at folk festivals including Eastbourne International Folk Festival, Lichfield Folk Festival and Great Alne Long Weekend.
  • RSCDS Scottish dance workshops, where I take a more in-depth look at Scottish Country Dance technique and formations, including the RSCDS Birmingham Annual Workshop and RSCDS Bristol Residential weekend in 2018.
  • Relaxed, gentle dancing for all ages, including seated dances, as in a recent session in Kings Heath.
  • New Year’s Eve parties at black tie events at Pembroke College in Cambridge, with ceilidh dancing up until midnight (and beyond!)
  • Scottish Country Dance classes around the West Midlands, where I teach dances, formations and steps, including Stourbridge Scottish Country Dance Club, Knowle Scottish Dance Club and the RSCDS Birmingham beginners and general classes.

 

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