Leader: Andrew Fox
Venue: St Nicholas Hall, Nuneaton, 1st and 3rd Thursday 13:00 - 14:30.
Email Contact: Andrew-Circle
Sessions may be outdoor on 5th Thursday, if weather permits.
JOIN IN WITH OTHERS IN ONE OF THE OLDEST FORMS OF DANCE IN THE WORLD. IT IS FOR PEOPLE WHO ENJOY OR NEED EXERCISE AND MAY HAVE AN INTEREST OR BACKGROUND IN YOGA OR TAI CHI
Circle dancing is probably the oldest known dance formation and was part of community life from when people first started to dance in a cave around a fire.
Dancing in a circle is an ancient tradition common to many cultures for marking special occasions, rituals, strengthening community and encouraging togetherness. The dance can also be enjoyed as an uplifting group experience or as part of a meditation. Circle dances are choreographed to many different styles of music and rhythms.
Circle dances can be energetic and lively or gentle and reflective. The style and mood reflects the group and the interests of the teacher. The aim always is to experience the joy of dancing with others and to create a sense of well-being and community.
Modern circle dance mixes traditional folk dances, mainly from European or Middle Eastern sources, with recently choreographed ones to a variety of music both ancient and modern.
The range of dances is enormous and you can learn the An Dro, a Breton circle dance, or the Faroese Dance – the national circle dance of the Faroe Islands. This dance originated in medieval times and only survives there as in other European countries it was banned by the church, due to its possible pagan origin. We also try the Sacred Circle Dances which were brought from the Scottish Findhorn Community in recent years.
Participation in keeping alive these dances reflects the need for us all to maintain a contact with our past. Also the basic feel of these dances strikes a fundamental note in our psyche and the community interaction adds to the meaning of the activity.