What is circle dance ?
Dancing in a circle is the oldest form of community dance and is common to many cultures and countries all around the world. Traditional folk dances celebrate special occasions , the seasons; work life; love and loss, strengthening community and encouraging harmony and peace.
Circle dancing is a collection of dances and music from around the world . Some of the dances are traditional and some are choreographed.
The dances have a wide variety of form and mood, from slow and meditative to energetic and celebratory, with music that may be traditional folk, classical, contemporary or composed for circle dance.
A community form of dance
Circle dancing is inclusive and welcoming and is light to moderate rhythmical exercise that is good for memory and co-ordination, meaningful and uplifting and broadens our understanding of different cultures through music and dance. Most of all circle dancing is a wonderful way to have fun and make friends.
Who is circle dancing for ?
Circle dancing is for people of all ages, abilities and levels of fitness who want to dance. Many forms of social dance require agility and stamina which can exclude many people. However, circle dancing is very versatile and adaptable, with both gentle and energetic dances, many of which can be adapted to suit those with physical restrictions. The ethos is non competitive - we say ' there are no mistakes merely variations ! ' Each dance is taught, there is no audience, no partner is needed and no special footwear or clothing is required.
Where and when ?
We meet on Tuesday afternoons between 2pm - 4pm at Palace Avenue Methodist Church Hall (rear entrance) in Paignton.
The cost is £2 which includes a cup of tea and a biscuit, However, the first two taster sessions are free.
So come along and give it a go !