A Circle Dance class is an ideal way to combine gentle exercise with learning to dance. Circle Dances are normally danced around a centre-piece representing the subject of 'celebration' - candles, flowers, harvests etc. The style and mood of each class usually reflects the group and interests of the teacher so depending on her/his vision for the dance class, circle dances can be gentle and reflective - or lively and energetic, but whichever type of class you attend you will feel well-exercised when it's over.
The aim is always to experience the joy of dancing with others and to create a sense of well-being and community.
Dancing in a circle is an ancient tradition common to many cultures for marking special occasions, strengthening community and encouraging togetherness. 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.
Anyone of any age or ability can circle dance. You don't need to be a 'dancer' to learn, you don't need a partner and you don't even need a pair of dancing shoes as most people like to circle dance in their bare feet!
We would urge ladies (and men, of course) who are feeling a little unconfident about taking up a high-energy dance, or even a close hold 'partner' dance, to try a circle dancing class. Circle dancing is all about how it makes you feel, not how it makes you look.....even the most self-conscious 'dancer' will soon feel relaxed and uplifted by the gentle mesmerising dance movements, beautiful music and serene atmosphere created. Circle dancing can have an almost hypnotic effect on the dancer when she's immersed in the repetitive swaying movements and the music of the dance......it's a bit like being a little girl again - for a few minutes at least :)
If you'd like to see an example of a circle dance click the link at the top - it's a lovely routine from one of Lesley Laslett's classes, held in East Kent. (Video courtesy of Youtube)