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Dance Music

​The music for various figures for set dancing ought be played at a speed that the dancers find comfortable – it can be played too slow as well as too fast for comfort. The following tempos have been found to be satisfactory, the more experienced dancers preferring the faster end of the range.

                                         Reel               Jig             Hornpipe              Polka                 Slide
Bars per minute:            58-62             58-62             46-50                   66-70               66-70
Metronome:                 116-124         116-124          92-100               132-140            132-140
(2 beats per bar)

Single jigs and single reels are usually played for céilí dancing

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