Gloucester & District

Circle Dancing

Hello Dancers!
Well we are now into our fourth week of lockdown and starting to adapt to our new lifestyles.
I am aware that many of you will be self-isolating, all of you are facing the challenges of social distancing and some of you have had family emergency situations to contend with. All of us will have higher than usual anxiety levels. Some of us will be feeling lonely and trapped. So I wanted to share a dance which always makes me feel happier and less stressed.
The dance was choreographed by Lesley Laslett and performed by some of her group members to the Song 'Trip the Light', composed by Garry Schyman and sung by Alicia Lemke.
I feel that the words are very apt for these strange times, for example:-

'If all the days that come to pass are behind these walls
I'll be left at the end of things in a world left small
Travel far from what I know, I'll be swept away
I need to know I can be lost and not afraid
We're gonna trip the light, we're gonna break the night
And we'll see with new eyes when we trip the light
Remember we're lost together, remember we're the same
We hold the burning rhythm in our hearts
We hold the flame'

Click this link to view the dance - Trip The Light Dance

I am not sure when it will be possible to be back dancing together again, I will try and put some more videos and Circle Dance information on the website so keep an eye on our group page.
Big virtual hugs to you all.
Anne xx

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Easter Greetings!

As I am writing this, the sun is shining and the daily dog walk is so much nicer when it isn't raining or blowing a hooley!

Keith and I hope that you all have an enjoyable Easter despite the current restrictions. I expect that many of you have found new ways to connect with family and friends and so we are still upholding the U3A ethos of 'Learn, Laugh, Live'

The video link that I am posting today is another wonderful Lesley Laslett choreography to the music of Giuni Russo, from the CD Cercati In Me. This dance, 'Ninna Nanna', feels appropriate for Easter.
I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

A big group hug to you all!

Anne x

Ninna Nanna

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Modern circle dance draws on the rich and diverse traditional dances of many countries, including the Balkans, Greece, Israel, Russia, and France. There is also a growing repertoire of new dances to classical music and contemporary songs.

Circle dances can be energetic and lively or gentle and reflective. The aim always is to experience the joy of dancing with others.

Almost anyone of any age or ability can circle dance. Each dance is taught, there is no audience and everyone is welcome. So come on your own or with a friend (you do not need a partner) and join in. Circle dance is suitable for both men and women and new group members are welcome at any time.

We dance at St Peter's Social Club, Black Dog Way, London Road, GLOUCESTER GL1 3EX
(The entrance is the door facing London Road).

If you are not sure whether Circle Dance is for you, please have a look at the feedback comments attached to this page.

We are always happy to welcome new dancers to the group. Our aim is to enjoy a wide variety of music and dances from around the world, exercise our bodies and our brains, but most importantly of all, to have fun.

Looking forward to sharing dances with you all again very soon.

Anne x

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