Collective Céilí is a social dance project that facilitates the recognition and commemoration of commonalities in diverse communities. Inspired by the tradition of Irish céilís, participants engage through music, movement and story to celebrate their favorite pieces of the places they call home.
Keelie A. Sheridan grew up Irish step dancing and has performed in Canada, Ireland, across the US and in the 2009 Irish Dance World Championships. Keelie began this project to share her love for the least technical and most inclusive form in the Irish dance canon- social céilís.
The Céilí Ensemble held it's first public céilí on St. Padraig's Day 2015 in the Times Sq. Subway Station, encouraging passersby to jump in as they taught and practiced traditional Irish céilis.
The Céilí Ensemble completed a devising process through The Ume Group's Winter 2015 Training Ensemble and devised NYC-inspired céilís. The new dances were unveiled on Friday, April 10th at 8p at the Church of Grace and St. Paul- 123 W. 71st St, NY, NY.