Welcome to the Intermediate Section of Sean Nós Dance

All of our steps are easily laid out with full, detailed video both with and without music. Rónán has taught these steps to thousands of people using these very methods - we hope you find them easy to use and we hope to have you dancing in no time.

Aer Arran Step © Rónán Regan

Rónán wrote this step in the older sean-nós dance style when living on Inis Meáin in the summer of 2004.  In fact he wrote it on the way over to the island while on an Aer Arann flight.  Johnny O'Halloran's music was ringing in his ears and his toes and heels were silently composing.  He tapped it out 'i gceart' once safely on dry land! 

Breakdown of Aer Arran Step

Parts 1

Part one is an introduction to the step composed in 2004 by Rónán and the first part from behind.

Parts 1 & 2 Together

Part one is an introduction to the step composed in 2004 by Rónán and a breakdown of the first 2 parts.

All Four Parts

Putting the four parts together firstly on the right leg and then on the left leg.  Tip: Leave out the 'and' when dancing it on the left leg.  As always, please feel free to ask questions to aid your learning experience.

Part 2

Part 2 is then taught here.  This is also broken down from the back.

Parts 3 & 4

The third and forth part are taught here.  NB: The third part is a little trickier rhythmically.

From Behind With Music

All four parts danced on both the right and left from behind with music.  Well done! you're getting there, practicing with music from behind, before mastering the step at full speed.  

Bofin Step © Rónán Regan

The Bofin Step in 140 characters
Rónán wrote this step in 2003 in honour of the lovely island of Inis Bofin off the coast of Cleggan, near Cliften in Connemara, on the west coast of Galway, Ireland.  And taught it at the Inis Bofin Arts Festival in 2004 and subsequent festivals. 

Breakdown of Bofin Step

Intro & Lesson

Here you will find the introduction to the step and a  slow teaching of the step.

From Behind With Music

Here is a slow practice from behind with relaxed lilting music by Johnny O' Halloran the fine box player from Inish Bofin.  Nearly ready to practice the Bofin Step at full speed.

Full Step - No Music

The full step is then taught from behind without music.

From Front With Music

Here you have the Bofin Step danced up to speed from the front.  Keep with it and you'll have it perfected in no time!  

Inis Meáin Step © Rónán Regan

Rónán composed this step to pay tribute to a lighter, flowing style of sean-nós dance, which many of the older gneration favoured to give expression and joy to our wonderful music.  Dancer, Poet, farmer and fisherman, Dara Béag Ó Fáthartaigh, from Inis Meáin (RIP 2012) along with dancer, Irish teacher, librarian and radio presenter Maureen Mhéanaigh were the two graceful dancers who inspired this step.  It was composed in the summer of 2002 while living, working and playing music and dancing on Inis Meáin.

Breakdown of Inis Meáin Step

Intro & Lesson

This is the introduction to the step and the teaching of the majority of the step

Full From Behind With Music

Here is a practice of the Inis Meáin step from behind danced slowly to Johnny O' Halloran's music. 

End & Practice

Here is the end of the step and a practice of the full step including the ending with music.

Full From Front With Music

The Inis Meáin danced from the front, a little bit quicker to Johnny O' Halloran playing reels.

Maeve's Step © Rónán Regan

Rónán sister Maeve was passing on a step to him, a step she had learnt from a wonderful sean-nós dancer and teacher, Mick Mulkerrins in a workshop in Dublin.  Maeve had somehow forgotten much of the step and much like Joe Cooley's reel, some inspiration and improvisation were needed to bring it to life again. Rónán composed this step as a result and called it Maeve's Step.

Breakdown of Maeve's Step

Intro & Lesson

Here is an introduction to Maeve's Step and the step broken down and taught without music.

Full From Front With Music

Once again the step is danced up to speed from the front and will give you a chance to practice what you've learnt.  Enjoy!

From Behind With Music

Maeve's Step is now practiced slowly from behind to reels played by Johnny.

Tí Martina Step © Rónán Regan

Rónán composed this step in a friend of his Martina's house in Galway, during an enjoyable sean-nós session.  Thanks to Martina for her collaboration and hospitality.

Breakdown of Tí Martina Step

Parts 1 & 2

Here you have the introduction to the Tí Martina Step followed by a break-down of the first 2 parts of the step.

Full From Behind With No Music

The Tí Martina step is slowly danced in full without music to give you a chance to put together the 4 parts.

Parts 3 & 4

The 3rd and 4th part Tí Martina are taught here.  As always, questions are very welcome and helpful.

Full From Behind With Music

The Tí Martina step is now practiced in full with music to bring the complete step and the music together.  Enjoy!