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Circle Dancing - No partners required.

Dancing in a circle is one of the most ancient ways in which people celebrate the seasons, community and togetherness. Many dances are drawn from rich traditions of Eastern European countries, others are modern choregraphs to a wide range of music leaving you with a sense of relaxation and well being.

Sacred Circle Dance is an ancient and universal symbol of wholeness and unity. Many of the dances were brought to Britain as "Sacred Dance" by Bernhard Wosein, a German ballet teacher and choreographer.

He travelled widely in Greece and Eastern Europe where the old dances were, and still are, kept alive and he was struck by the sacred quality and the symbolism that their ancient steps and rhythms expressed.

In 1976 he took several of these dances and some of his own to the Findhorn Foundation (a community in NE Scotland).

This way of dancing now known as 'circle dancing' has since spread and is well established in Britain and abroad. Regular groups and special events happen all year round.

The dance repertoire has also greatly increased. As well as drawing on the rich and diverse traditional dances of the Balkans, Greece, Israel, Russia, France and Celtic Britain, there are also modern choreographies to all kinds of music, from around the world - including contemporary music.

Circle Dance can take a variety of forms, style and mood reflecting the creativity and dynamics of the group involved as well as the special interests and experience of the teacher.

The aim is to create a sense of well-being and communion with others inviting a sense of wholeness or sacredness into our lives through the dance.

In this age of separation, as families and neighbourhood structures fall apart, it is reassuring to move together, beyond words, following gentle rhythms and stretching the consciousness to a more global sense of humanity.

Anyone of any age can dance, you don't need to bring a partner, nor are there any 'wrong steps' in circle dancing - merely 'variations' and travelling in the same direction helps!

There is a quarterly journal 'The Grapevine', of the sacred/circle dance network.
Jackie Spearpoint,
The Grapevine,
63, Old Farm Road,
West Midlands,
B30 1ET
Tel 0121.459.1479

Information supplied by:
Sheila Buckfield

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