FAQs

What if I’ve never done ceilidh dancing before?

That’s fine! All our dances are called, which means there’s someone at the front giving you the instructions beforehand and during the dance. There are also loads of friendly, helpful people around to ask if you’re not sure. We were all beginners once, so don’t be afraid to ask!

I can’t dance for toffee, you can’t possibly want me there…

Nonsense! All experience levels are totally welcome with us – as above, we’re a friendly bunch committed to having fun, and our experienced callers will make sure you know what to do.

I like playing more than dancing, can I still come along?

All musicians are welcome to our regular Wednesday night sessions (location tbc). Additionally, we have our scratch bands, which are made up of players from the sessions and the society at large, and who play for most of the ceilidhs. See the sessions page for more details. If you’d like to play, get in touch, or speak to Charlotte, the Music Officer at a session or ceilidh.

Someone did/said something that made me uncomfortable at a ceilidh/session, what do I do?

Oh no! That’s rubbish, we’re really sorry that happened. We take seriously any issue of people making other dancers feel uncomfortable in any way, no matter how big or small the issue might seem. You can view our etiquette guide and complaints procedure, and our committee members are at every ceilidh, so are welcome to speak to any one of them if you have have a problem. If you don’t want to talk face to face, get in contact here to make sure your issue gets to us – messages from the contact page go to the committee inbox, and we will deal with all issues in confidence. Your details will never be shared outside the committee without your consent and knowledge.

What’s the animal in the logo?

Rustle is our mascot, and he’s a ceilidh monster. He is at all our ceilidhs, having been lovingly crafted on the coach back from IVFDF in 1997 by some dedicated CeilidhSoc members. His wee companion is called Ruslet, and between them, they’re actually the ones in charge of CeilidhSoc – the committee are just their minions 😉 You can find out more about them both here.