Beginning Irish Step Dancing: The "Building Block" System
Shirleigh Brannon
Saturday, June 9, 2012, 12:00pm
Dance 1 -- Room 226

The workshop introduces basic movements (weight shifts, foot placement) for the hop, cut, "123's" "hop1-23s" "7's" for light and hard shoe solo dance, as well as the tip, rally, and heel tip for hardshope. Students will learn two easy steps in single jig and hornpipe rhythms and be invited to create a step on their own.

The class features live music on fiddle and cittern by Sean O'Brien.

Age Suitability: The class is recommended for adults and teens, but attentive children aged nine and up may enjoy it.

Shirleigh Brannon has been teaching non-competitive Irish dance in once form or another (solo and figure/ceili) since 1984, and is the founder/director of the greater Bay Area Scots-Irish music and dance troupe Siamsa le Cheile. Her dance passions include older style step dance (in the tradition of CRN and Joe O'Donovan), ceil and set dance. She is never so happy as when dancing - except possibly when watching someone Irish dance who thought they couldn't learn.

Shirleigh has been dancing for nearly 40 years and has been teaching non-competitive Irish dance in once form or another (solo and figure/ceili) since 1984. She has completed numerous Irish dance teacher training classes with master teachers via CRN (Cumann Rince Naisuinta).

She also has a teaching credential plus 35+ years formal experience teaching, including English, film history, drama, creative dramatics, and Irish and Scottish dance. She is currently employed full time as faculty at Butte College, near Oroville, where she also teaches for-credit courses in Library and Information Science.

She was formerly the dancer director for the Irish Guild at the Renaissance Faire at Black Point Forest and her celebrated Scots-Irish music and dance troupe Siamsa le Cheile is one of the highlights of the annual San Francisco Great Dickens Christmas Fair.