Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Cork International Folk Dance Club  - Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to come with a partner?

No. You do not need to bring a partner, normally you would dance with many different people during an evening. Many of our dances are performed in circles or lines where the notion of a partner is irrelevant.

I've heard that some dance groups are sniffy about mistakes, what is your attitude?

When things go wrong we laugh a lot, we don't expect people to get things right first time. We like to laugh and some of our best evenings are had when things don't work out as expected.

How energetic are the dances?

They vary. Some are very slow and sedate, whilst others can be fast and furious. We don't expect everyone to do every dance, in fact many people 'sit out' particular dances for a variety of reasons.

Do I need to attend beginner classes before the evening sessions?

No. There are some groups that prefer dances to have a certain level of proficiency before attending the main dance evenings. We are not one of those groups! We learn as we go along. Our aim is to have an evening of music and dance with like-minded people, we welcome new dancers and hope they will become regulars. We were all new once.

What is so good about folk dancing?

Folk dancing is one of the few activities that all ages and all abilities can do together. There are all the elements of fun, other people, physical contact, music, movement and enjoyment. It's good exercise too.

Do I need to bring anything ?

No special equipment is needed ; just comfortable shoes.