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Venue:The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DD
Phone: 0131 667 7533
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Ballroom
AUG 3-15 at 10:15 (45 min)
AUG 3-16, 18-21, 23, 25-27 at 11:15 (45 min)
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Family workshop suitable for children aged 3-7 years with parents or carers. We involve everyone: skip, clap and march together to traditional Scottish music. Enjoy discovering very simple (often simplified) dances that you might find at a ceilidh or Scottish country dance, celebrating the social aspects of dancing with a partner. CeilidhKids is all about fun for all generations. Hugely popular with local families, now it's your turn.

'More workshop than show, the accomplished organisers magically persuade a bunch of 3-7 year olds to march, jump and (sort of) dance their way through simplified versions of Scottish Ceilidh classics.'Gigglebeats - Comedy in the North
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: five shows for children

'The potential to exhaust an audience isn't something I'd have previously valued when deliberating over the Fringe programme but now that the rain has arrived and the parks are a little soggy it is definitely something I will look for again. Very strongly recommend.'(Fringe-going family 2014)

'CeilidhKids at the Fringe never disappoints! A fantastic event for all children under about 7 years with their families. A great event where everyone can join in, and is suitable for people of all abilities - even very little people (eg 2 year olds) should be able to enjoy this. Always run by brilliant and enthusiastic people. Sometimes gets busy, but that's because it's so brilliant, and I've never seen it so bad that there is nowhere to dance. Highly recommended.'
(Happy Fringe-going Mum Wendy, 2015)

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June 27, 2017 Broadway World Scotland
EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Q&A- CeilidhKids
Tell us a bit about CeilidhKids.

Fun Scottish Dancing for all the family - jump clap, skip and twirl to the music. What better way to kickstart your day at the Fringe than with some family dancing to traditional Scottish music? It's all about joining in, but if your wee one is a bit reluctant, just sitting and enjoying the music is fine too. We're in Edinburgh and Glasgow all year round running family Scottish dancing workshops, parties, classes and fundraisers, but the three weeks at the Fringe spent meeting families from all over the world is something special.

How has it been received in previous years?

Very well - the first year with the Free Festival I had no idea how popular it would be, and so after the first day I had to double the number of sessions just to fit everyone in the room! Numbers fluctuate but even on the busiest days there is usually enough space to dance...

Which dances are covered?

It varies slightly from day to day but always a mix of old favourite ceilidh dances, adapted so that the smallest people can join in, and so that one adult can dance with two partners. We always start with a Gay Gordons and finish with Circassian Circle.

What sets it apart from other shows at the Fringe?

Because we're all about participation! Nobody sits still at a CeilidhKids event - everyone gets up to dance, adults and children alike. To quote a Fringe-going family from a previous year, 'The potential to exhaust an audience isn't something I'd have previously valued when deliberating over the Fringe programme but... it is definitely something I will look for again. Very strongly recommend.' (Entertaining Arlo, Aug 6th 2014)

Who would you recommend comes to join in?

Anyone and everyone! The sessions are aimed at 3-7 year olds and their parents and carers (5 year olds and under must be partnered by an adult or older child), but we welcome everyone at CeilidhKids - if you're happy to dance, we're happy to have you.

Timings for CeilidhKids are available on the edfringe website. Click Here

May 28, 2017 Humans Of The Fringe - Facebook
Humans Of The Fringe
"I've been a Scottish country dancer since I was about 5. Dancing is my passion. I set up a little class for my children and their friends, it was to last 6 weeks. Now 10 years later here we are [Ceilidhkids at the Fringe].

I kept getting asked to do parties, fundraisers and things for schools and nurseries. Eventually I thought this would translate well to the Fringe. The first year I didn't understand about the Free Festival so I shared a paid venue with somebody else. The next year I did it I went with the Laughing Horse Free Festival and I think this is the 5th or 6th year I'll be doing it with them.

Expect fun family Scottish dancing. Everybody gets involved, nobody sits down. Children dance with parents, their grandparents, brothers and sisters. My mantra is, if you're old enough to go to school you can dance with your friend and if you're not old enough to go to school you need a grown-up's hand to hold.

We do the traditional Ceilidh dances but simplified. It's very laid back, people can drop in and out of dances if they want to. It's fantastic because you never know who you're going to get. I get some of my local regulars but mostly it's people who have never done any Ceilidh dancing before or who have never heard of Ceilidhkids. I love it when they come into the room and don't know what's going to happen and by the end of the 45 minutes they've had a fantastic time and they're on a real high. I've ended up having to double my sessions.

I just love the Fringe from the beginning to the end. I love the fact that I live here and everyone else comes here to party."

Caroline Brockbank - Ceilidhkids at the Fringe - Free
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Ballroom)
Venue 170
10:15am - 3rd -15th August only.
11:15am - 3rd - 27th August (except 17th, 22nd, 24th)

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