CIAMAR A THA (How Are You) (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring 3 Anniv dances
1- 8 1L and 1M dance down the middle and turn 3L/3M with nearer hand to 2nd place (own side); cross and turn 3M/3L with same hands 1s end in middle
9-16 1L and 1M dance up the middle and turn 2M/2L with nearer hand to 2nd place (opposite side); cross and turn 2L/2M with same hands 1s end in middle
17-24 1s dance down below 3s and cast to 2nd place and petronella turn into centre, 1L between 2s and 1M between 3s; all set
25-32 All change places RH with opposite person, set, change places again with opposite person; 1L casts round 2L to 2nd place as 1M casts round 3M
(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
"Ciamar a tha" means "How are you" in Gaelic; it is the shortened form of "Ciamar a tha thu", the familiar singular form, and "Ciamar a tha sibh", the plural and polite form.
"Ciamar a tha" should be pronounced as "Kem~r ~ hah" in English, the full forms being "Kem~r ~ hah oo" and "Kem~r ~ hah sheev". The standard response is "Tha mi gu math, tapadh leat" ("Tha mi gu math, tapadh leibh" in the polite form) both of which mean "I am well, thank you"; these are pronounced as "Hah mee goo mah, tap~ le~t" ("Hah mee goo mah, tap~ leev). Stress is on the first syllable of the disyllables and for the pronunciation:
"~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound;
"ah" is as in "shah";
"oo" is as in "noon"; and
"ee" is as in "beet".
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.
Ciamar A Tha Pronunciation Rhoda Meek, Gaelic Educator gives a Gaelic lesson and song at the May Day Ceilidh held at the Hotel Bandolero in Juzcar, Andalucia, Spain, 2010.
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