King of the Fairies (May Allen version) - Level 4 Home Study
"Zoom with Annette" - the King of the Fairies level 4 workshop is available for home study.
During this series of videos Annette will teach "The King of the Fairies" - a set dance in hornpipe time, from May Allen of Co Antrim - given to her by May's son Thomas Close - an 8 bar step and 16 bar set.
Part of the beauty of this tradition is that it continues to be passed on from one generation to the next.
Level 4 - for those with a good background in Irish step dancing, where many movements will already be known, or easily picked up and we will work on building repertoire.
- Annette will contact you to discuss the best format you send the videos to you.
- You will receive accompanying notes, and background information.
Video 1 - intro and warm up
Video 2 - opening step
Video 3 - an insight to the end of the set
Video 4 - the set
Video 5 - putting it all together
Video 6 - full speed
NB: you can buy a recording of "The King of the Fairies" music in the shop, arranged for piano and performed by Annette. The sheet music is also available.
You can view Annette dancing the King of the Fairies here - along with her twin on piano!
A Set Dance, is a dance that has been choreographed to a particular piece of music - there can be a number of different versions of the dance - each one danced to the same music - the dance and the music will have the same name. A Set dance is split into 2 parts, a step and a set, in this case the step is 8 bars long and the set is 16 bars long - the King of the Fairies set dance is in hornpipe time. Set dances can vary in length, both the step and the set.
Annette has been teaching online since May 2020 to a growing community of dancers from all around the world.
Research has proven that dance is one of the best forms of activity for keeping the body active and the mind alert.