World Circle Dance Day (July 7) at UCV

On July 7 at the Unitarian Centre in Vancouver (UCV) there were 12 dancers who danced in honour of World (Sacred) Circle Dance Day.

We danced the 3 ‘link-up’ dances:  Pilgrim’s Dance, Tread Gently and Offering Govand (Trad. Armenian) as well as a couple of others and repeated dances to get them more in our bodies and go deeper in to the dance.  It was a beautiful afternoon of dance and knowing dancers from all around the world were dancing on the same day made it even more special!

For more info about World (Sacred) Circle Dance Day and many other Circle Dance locations throughout the world:

JULY 7 BC Dances with the World!


Dancers around the world including here in BC will be dancing/celebrating!  This year it will be on the 1st Sunday (JULY 7) to coincide with Findhorn’s Sacred Dance & Music Festival which starts July 6.  The 3 ‘link up’ dances that all dancers around the world will be dancing this year……‘Pilgrim’s Dance’‘Tread Gently’ and ‘Offering Govand’ (Traditional Armenian).




Sunday, July 7

UCV (Unitarian Centre of Vancouver) 949 W. 49th Ave at Oak

2:00-3:30 pm

In Vancouver we’re blessed that there is already a regular circle happening at UCV on the 1st Sunday of each month so please come and join us!



Sunday, July 7

369 Ewert St.

1:oo-3:oo pm

Contact info:  Micah 250-961-5983



Sunday, July 7

St David and St Paul Anglican Church

6310 Sycamore St.

7:00 pm

Contact infoLaura Berezan  lberezan(at)shaw(dot)ca



Sunday, July 7

Montague Park in the Gordon Head neighbourhood

Contact Info: Marta Fraser jotifra(at)gmail(dot)com

Circle Dance with Earth Spirit Ritual (Last Tues in Summer at UCV)

photo by Jen Boyes-Manseau


NEW: Earth Spirit ritual and Circle Dance

Mairy and Mary are offering a Summertime Circle Dance with pagan ritual on the last Tuesday of July and August


Tuesday, July 30 & Tuesday, August 27

7:00-9:00 pm

UCV (Unitarian Centre of Vancouver)

949 W 49th


For more details contact Mary at

RSVP appreciated but not required.

All dance and earth spirit events at UCV listed here:


June Watts (Tete Jaune, BC): July 26-28/30

JUNE WATTS (International Facilitator from England/Spain)

“Dancing the Rainbow”

July 26-28/30, 2019

*Come for the weekend or extend your stay and deepen in to the dance for 2 extra days of dance!

Tete Juane Lodge, Tete Juane Cache, BC (Robson Valley)


Registration/More info:  Micah    micahjoyy(at)yahoo(dot) com     1-250-961-5983

June’s website: 

*Please note: This will be June’s only Summer 2019 dance retreat in BC as unfortunately there will not be a circle in Shawnigan Lake.



*June will be facilitating a weekend of dance at the Scarboro United Church in Calgary.

Theme:  “Mother Earth, Father Sun”

Earlybird Fee extended until June 6 – Registration/More info:  Jo Anne   jlynd49(at)hotmail(dot)com

UPDATE (July 2019): Bobbi Bailin Weekend CANCELLED (September 13-15)

Seven Portals

…into Sacred Circle Dance

As we dance Bobbi’s beautiful and meaningful choreographies to inspiring World Music, she gently guides us to explore and connect more deeply through the Seven Portals.  Each portal is easily accessible and offers pathways to more conscious movement, ease and transcendence; each step and gesture becomes a more sacred, intentional act of love, presence, and alignment.  Bobbi nurtures with clarity, reverence and humor.


Date: September 13-15, 2019
Friday eve, Saturday morning, afternoon & eve, Sunday afternoon & eve (times TBA)  
Guest Facilitator: Bobbi Bailin (bio and photo below)

Questions & Registration:  circledanceladner(at)gmail(dot)com   
Registration begins June 15th  for special price until July 1.  Register promptly to avoid disappointment! There is a minimum number of participants required to make this event a GO & spaces are limited.

Location:  Celebration Hall, Ladner United Church

4960 48th Ave, Ladner, BC

Weekend Cost:  $195 if paid by July 1 or $250 until Sept 1

You may pay a non-refundable deposit of $50 to hold your space in the dance circle. If you pay a deposit, balance due on July 1 is $145 or $200 by Sept 1.

 Circle Dance:  New dancers are welcome, with or without any previous dance experience. No partner is needed as we all join the circle together.


Bobbi Bailin

Biography:  Bobbi Bailin has been exploring the transformational power of conscious movement for 40 years. Her practical approach to the sacred is enhanced by her training in body awareness, Gurdjieff Sacred Dances and Energy Healing. Her well-loved choreographies range from earthy to sublime providing joy, healing and deep connections to Nature. She has been a guest facilitator in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Europe, Korea, USA and Canada.


The Seven Portals:

Questions about the Seven Portals and Bobbi’s Circle Dances?

Contact:  Bobbi Bailin bobbysea(at)gmail(dot)com

Laura Shannon – Wonderful Evening on March 27 in Ladner

Laura Shannon facilitating our dance evening in Ladner March 27
It was a full house (make that church!) at Ladner United for a wonderful evening of dance.  Laura shared dances from Greece, the Balkans and Armenia.  Most of the dances were ‘new’, even for the dancers who just completed her 2 year Women’s Ritual Dance training program in Nanaimo a few days earlier.  Of course these dances are in fact not new dances but traditional ones that carry the ancient wisdom of our dancing grandmothers.  Laura provided just enough repetition and progressions to make the evening interesting and enjoyable for all and it was clear by her amazing teaching skills why she one of the most sought after Circle Dance facilitators in the world.

*UPDATE (July 2019) Laura WILL be facilitating evening of dance this November (2019) in both LADNER & VICTORIA.  Stay tuned for more info!  

She’s scheduled to share dance in 2020 at UCV (Unitarian Church/Centre of Vancouver) Sept 25 & 26.  Mark your calendars!

Laura Shannon is one of the ‘grandmothers’ of the worldwide Sacred / Circle dance movement, with over 30 years of experience researching and teaching. Her particular focus is on the oldest traditional circle dances of Greece, the Balkans and Armenia. These dances are simple yet powerful and rich in meaning. They embody an ancient worldview of sustainability, community, and reverence for the earth, and help us reconnect with ourselves, each other, and the cycles of life. Coming from cultures which have survived many periods of transition, these dances can wisely and joyfully guide us through our own life changes.

2019 Rivendell Retreat (Bowen Island) – Mark your Calendars



This retreat is hugely popular and the most recent one (June 1-3, 2018) sold out within a couple of days!  It was a wonderful time with about 20 dancers.  Rivendell is such a much-loved and utilized space for many different groups and personal retreatants that we usually have to wait to get a space about 1 – 1.5 years in advance.  So…..Mark your calendar if you’d like to join us next time.    * NOTE:  Extended retreat in 2019 (1 day added!)

Dance Down Memory Lane (mid 90’s with June Watts)

Recently Louise Taylor unearthed some photos from the 1st danceshop with June Watts at Corunum Yurt (just outside Victoria).  Betsy scanned them for our website and June wrote Betsy mentioning she thought they were either from 1994 or 1995.  This was before the walls were put up and June mentioned in an email to Betsy that she loved the yurt with no walls and felt ‘walled-in’ when dancing the following year!  June has been offering Circle Dance ‘dance’ shops in Western Canada since 1987!

***Please refer to the posting below for 3 opportunities this Summer to dance with her in Northern BC and Southern Alberta.

The Experience of Meaning in Circle Dance

Below is an excerpt from an abstract published April 2016 in the Journal of Occupational Science

Sense of Security & Stability

One respondent (F32), who had been involved for 14 years, remarked how her local circle dance group represented an “anchor-point”, providing a sense of security and stability. Knowing that she could always attend the group due to its regular frequency (weekly), time and venue, allowed her to regard circle dance asa sanctuary”, a constant occupation in her life, a space she could always rely on, with her circle dance friends there to help her in any circumstance. Another participant (F14) also realized this occupation had been specifically helpful during difficult periods in her life, mentioning the relevance of preserving circle dance in her routine and having the freedom to attend or return to it whenever necessary.!po=5.38462

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Summer Solstice Dance  2017 with Jen Boyes-Manseau – Nanaimo BC

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