Performance Dance Stage

Welcome to the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival Performance Dance Stage. We are centrally located in the “big barn” with a large dance floor filled throughout the day with terrific performers and delightful opportunities for our audience. The Performance Dance Stage allows visitors to the Celtic Festival to sample the vitality and joy of Celtic dance traditions. Represented on our stage, through the years, are performance dancing and social dances from Scottish, Irish, English, Welsh, and Bretton traditions. The programs usually last about 30 minutes each, with some longer to include your own chance to experience the social dances. These are family friendly activities for both adults and young family members moving to vibrant and cheerful music, often times with live musicians.

The performance programs are as varied as the excitement of Irish step dancing to the grace of Scottish Ballroom and English Country dancing.  If you never counted in Welsh, then bring the family to the Welsh Dance Workshop to see the delightful dancing of a Welsh dance performer in costume and learn a Welsh dance as well as to number count in Welsh. In a Bretton Dance Workshop. your group can circle and wind to Bretton tunes plus learn a bit of history and lore from Celtic Bretton France.

Our day usually ends with a ceili, ( social dance and variety entertainment ), that transitions from the Performance Dance Stage to ceili with Southern Maryland Traditional Dance teaching New England Contra line dances for all, to live music!!

Come and enjoy!

April 30, 2016

Time Performer(s)
9:45 Wild Irish Roses
10:15 Breton Dance Workshop with Susan Baker
10:45 Broesler School of Irish Dance
11:15 Old Dominion Dancers
11:45 Sioan Frick Welsh Dance Workshop
12:15 Hunt School of Irish Dance
12:45 Baltimore Scottish Country Dancers
1:15 Ring of Kerry Dancers
2:00 Whirligig !
2:30 More or Less Morris Dancers
3:00 Tir na nOg with Pond Scum
3:30 Greater Washington Ceili Club
4:30 O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance
5:00 Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance

Note: Acoustic/Fiddling Stage provides an unplugged venue for these special guest performers to provide an intimate performance in the large tent/secluded area. Each set begins on the hour and is scheduled for 45 min to allow 15 minute stage turnover time.

6 – 9pm Evening Ceildih – Led by the Kilmaine Saints
6pm – 6:45pm – Ceilidh kickoff – approx. 10 min each: The Gothard Sisters; Melinda Crawford Perttu; Coracree
6:45 – Kilmaine Saints – dancing, etc…

All Festival Performers must complete an online Hold Harmless Agreement before the event. Children under the age of 18 years must have a parent or guardian complete an online Hold Harmless Agreement.* Completed registration (by a participant, parent, or guardian over the age of 18) will constitute implied acceptance of the contents of this document.
*Paper copies of the ‘Hold Harmless Agreement’ are still available for download and must be signed and brought on the day of the event.