About this Workshop

Sean-Nós dancer Caoimhe Ní Mhaolagáin invites you back to join her into a world of traditional old-style Sean-Nós Dancing.

This workshop will be building on our steps, beats, rhythms and patterns from our first workshop. Ceardlann (Workshop) 2 will be focusing on the heavier weighted style of steps, repeating the different patterns of dance learned.

Remember to put our own twist and variations on each step when you’re learning and to let your personality shine through in your dancing!...

To begin, the ‘Double heels, double toes step’, is the perfect example of highlighting the importance of being aware of how we balance our body weight when dancing. Standing on our heels and toes can be a challenge, but as we know ‘practise makes perfect! 😊 This step is repeated twice on the right foot, so no excuses…Let’s master this step!

Following on to the ‘Walk step’, this step focuses on keeping your feet closer to the ground. A step with another great opportunity to bring your own individual personality into your own style of dance. This is the first step that we have used our bairicín (toe) out in front of us, and again, repeated twice on the right foot.

Finally, the more advanced step, the ‘HorseShoe step’. A repetitive step that repeats the same beats and rhythms using the heels and balls of our feet, this is a fast moving step so remember to move stay light on your feet and move around the floor as you dance to the wonderful ceol!

Bain taitneamh as!

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Introduction to Workshop II

  • 2

    Part 1 - Dancing in the Treetops (Stage 2)

    • Part 1 - Let's Learn the Double Heels, Double Toes step

  • 3

    Part 2 -

    • Part 2 - Let's learn the Walk step

  • 4

    Part 3

    • Part 3 - Let's learn the Horse Shoe step

Sean-Nós dance instructor

Caoimhe Ní Mhaolagáin

Caoimhe Ní Mhaolagáin is Dublin-born musician and dancer. Caoimhe comes from a strong musical background which has contributed hugely towards her music and dance. She is a self-taught sean-nós dancer, who has developed her own distinct, original and traditional style from travelling to workshops and festivals around Ireland. Caoimhe has established her own dance school ‘Ceol 's Cos’, teaching music and dance to all ages on a weekly basis across Dublin. Both dance and music have allowed Caoimhe to travel to many countries worldwide, performing at concert venues and festivals such as Paleo Festival in Switzerland, Viljandi in Estonia and Festivale Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany. She has performed as a finalist of TG4's Jig Gig, dancing at Oireachtas na Samhna annually and also has won All-Ireland medals at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Caoimhe has great love for the Irish culture. She also featured on TG4's 'Fiche Bliain ag fás’ and was documented for the TG4 series 'Cúl Stáitse' in 2018. Caoimhe has most recently toured with Preab Meadar. The unique steps and dance patterns created rhythms between voice, fiddle and dance are based on the meters of Gaelic poetry and song. The steps and rhythms created were taught to dancers at performances nationwide at venues and festivals such as Cos Cos Festival, the Dock; Carrick on Shannon, and Oireachtas na Samhna in Citywest, Dublin. Teaching weekly music and dance classes across Dublin to all ages on a weekly basis, Caoimhe loves to embrace and share her passion and grá for our rich Irish culture, dance, music and language.