Guest Teacher Laura Shannon – October 10 (Victoria)

An Evening of Dance with Laura Shannon

Tuesday October 10

7:00-9:00 pm

Friends’ Meeting…..1829 Fern St.  Victoria, BC

Please contact victoriadancingcircle(at)gmail(dot)com for more info

Laura Shannon has been researching and teaching traditional dances for over thirty years, with a particular focus on women’s ritual dances, and is considered to be one of the ‘grandmothers’ of the worldwide Sacred / Circle Dance movement. Through her extensive field research in Balkan villages and wide teaching experience, she has pioneered a new understanding of traditional dances, particularly women’s dances, as active and potent spiritual tools for inner development and personal growth. Her work explores the inherently therapeutic quality of traditional Armenian, Greek, and Balkan dances, which have roots going back to ancient times. Laura sees these dances as a nonverbal means of transmitting knowledge and information, passed down through women’s circles for many generations. With degrees in Intercultural Studies and Dance Movement Therapy, she is currently pursuing an M.A. in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred  at Canterbury Christ Church University in England.  Laura’s articles on dance have been published in many languages and she blogs regularly on feminismandreligion.com . She is also a musician and has produced or collaborated on numerous recordings of music for traditional dance.  When not travelling for research and teaching, Laura divides her time between Canterbury, Findhorn and Greece.
More information at www.laurashannon.net

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Guest Teacher Brigitte Evering (Ontario) in BC – Vancouver Sept 15/Victoria Sept 19

VANCOUVER – Friday, September 15

UCV (Unitarian Centre of Vancouver)

949 W. 49th Ave  (at Oak) 

$ – Cost: By Donation

 

3 – 5 pm…..Circle Dancing for experienced dancers

5 – 7 pm…..Pot luck supper and discussion (optional) of how dances can be woven into a dance palette

7 – 9 pm…..Circle Dancing for all from the dance palette.

REGISTRATION:  Please let Mairy know if you plan to come either by email mairyelesbea(at)gmail(dot)com or by Eventbrite (don’t bother to print the tickets)   https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/circle-dance-facilitators-gathering-with-brigitte-evering-tickets-34927630483

Contact Mairy at mairyelesbea(at)gmail(dot)com if you have any questions, requests or want to offer a dance.

Volunteers Needed:  Please contact Mairy.  She’ll be looking for volunteers to help with setup, the altar, etc closer to the date

Brigitte will facilitate a “dance palette” (as shown above), the format they use in many circles in Ontario.

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VICTORIA – Tuesday, September 19

Afternoon at a private venue – A session discussing and teaching of ‘tricker’ dances

$ – Cost: By Donation

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Evening of dancing open to all

7:00-9:00 pm

Friend’s Meeting…..1829 Fern St. 

$ 10-20 suggested donation

contact jotifra(at)gmail(dot)com for more info

 

Brigitte Evering has been sharing her love of circle dance since 1996. She and her partner Geoffrey co-facilitate a circle in Cobourg, dance in Ontario and the US, as well as being familiar faces at Great Lakes Dance Camp.  Brigitte’s clear and skillful teaching allows dancers to access a wide range of traditional and choreographed dances. She has danced across North America as well as in the UK and Australia gathering dances like friends, to share with her communities.  Her joyful fire invites dancers to warm themselves with dances from the simple and sweet, to faster and fancy. Come…join in the dance… let’s affirm life together!

 

 

 

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June Watts – 30 years of Danceshops in Western Canada

June Watts being ‘crowned’ with hand-made Garland (Eaglenest Sanctuary – Shawnigan Lake –  July 30, 2017)

Her first choreography ‘White Bird’ was then danced by particpants of the weekend danceshop in her honour.

June Watts – Honouring her 30 years of Danceshops 

June Watts  our beloved Circle Dance teacher, mentor, dancing sister and friend has been facilitating danceshops on the West Coast of Canada (in both B.C. and Alberta) for 30 years (since 1987)!  We’ve been so blessed to dance with her on the West Coast and some of us have travelled to dance with her in other locations around the world.  She is an amazing facilitator, so dedicated to the dance who like no other teacher has infused it with such a unique sense of spirit.  She is known for her beautiful and ceremonial ‘White Nights’ and has written one of the few books about Circle Dance – Circle Dancing: Celebrating the Sacred in Dance.  June definitely brings the Sacred to our Dance and she is not only loved and appreciated by so many dancers here in Western Canada but many other dancing places.  For more info about June please visit her website at www.junewatts.com

*DANCING MEMORIES OF/WITH JUNE TO HONOUR HER 30 YEARS OF DANCE IN WESTERN CANADA:  If you would like to share a memory of dancing with June (to be added to a post on this site), please send to dancingmachine(at)telus(dot)net or simply reply to this post.  

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Circle Dancing for Peace – Victoria June 17

Circle Dancing For Peace in Victoria

Ban the Bomb Rally/Dance
Victoria Legislature/Parliament Building

June 17, 2017

Give Peace and Dance a Chance!
Overlapping Circles for Peace

 Music by Louise Ganter Taylor on accordion. Circle Dances led by Chris McCarthy

Overlapping Circles of Peace…..Department of Peace, Raging Grannies, Non-Violent Ban the Bomb group, Unitarian Synchronicity Sisters. Quakers, Church of Truth members and many others rally and circle dance together. Dance request was ‘Spirit of Peace’, one that I learned from a group of visiting Russian Sufis and which we do (very occasionally). It was the perfect request.  “Spirit of Peace…. to your cause we give our strength …..that love may reign and hatred cease. Mir miru mir *” to the tune of ‘Rose Rose’  a four part English round. Mir means earth as well as peace in Russian!   So the whole group sang it, and then added the dancing!  The Falung group of four were sitting by the sidewalk throughout. A youth group with knapsacks on their backs were holding forth with some event. At the close of the hour they were gone. In their stead the Bare Naked Bikers (BNB) made their statement.  As Chris and I were crossing the Legislature Lawn to get to the car the BNB group make their circular exit…..we having bared our souls and they their bodies. A superb ending!

Pax Cultura!
~Louise Ganter Taylor

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Women’s Ritual Dance Training with Laura Shannon

Women’s 2 year Ritual Dance Training

with Laura Shannon (Vancouver Island)

*Application Deadline Extension*  

Applications are still being accepted

To apply for the training, simply write a letter (1-2 pgs.) describing your background in dance and why you feel drawn to join this training. Please include your birth date and a recent photo and email it to Anna Isaacs at isaacs(dot)anna(at)gmail.com 

http://laurashannon.net/images/stories/WorkshopsPDF/training_canada.pdf

 www.laurashannon.net

Vancouver Island, Canada, 2017 – 2019

Session Dates:  

October 5-9, 2017

March 21-25, 2018/July 4-8, 2018/November 9-12, 2018

March 20-24, 2019

”I have applied for this program and am hopeful that enough dancers in North America will also apply so that it will go ahead.  For me, Laura is one of the most important teachers in the Sacred Circle dance lineage, and the more I dance her repertoire, the more lovingly and profoundly I am transformed”.   ~ Betsy Nuse, Victoria BC

Letter from Laura:

Dear dancing friends,

This October I will be offering my 2-year training in women’s ritual dances, in English, on the west coast of Canada, on Vancouver Island. If you have dance friends in the area I would appreciate it if you could forward this email to them. More information is at http://laurashannon.net/images/stories/WorkshopsPDF/training_canada.pdf

Since 2001 I have given this training many times, in Germany, Austria, Sweden, and the USA. This is the first training I will be giving in Canada. The training offers an intensive exploration of traditional women’s ritual dances, within the supportive environment of an ongoing closed group. These dances have survived since ancient times, carrying messages of connection, joy, sustainability and healing that are still relevant – even essential – to our lives today. They embody sacred patterns connected to the archetypal image of the Great Mother Goddess, who was revered throughout the same geographical area where the dances have their roots and still survive. The dances can be seen both as a nonverbal language and as a form of spiritual practice. Through loving attention to their style, symbolism and history, we can learn to listen to this language and bring its hidden wisdom once again into the world.

The Curriculum includes:
✻ Traditional Balkan, Rom, Armenian & Greek women’s dances
✻  Archaeological images and antique textiles as they relate to the dance
✻  The secret language of dance steps, song words and textile motifs
✻  Basic teaching skills in the transmission of traditional dance material
✻  Dances of exile and homecoming, and the invitation to return to the inner homeland of the dancing body
✻  Middle Eastern Garden, a creative movement meditation for women
✻  Relevant teachings of women spiritual guides from diverse traditions

The program is designed equally for teachers and dancers committed to deepening their skill and understanding of dance. Laura’s caring approach to these dances and loving attention to detail make every woman warmly welcome on the journey deeper into the dance. Open to any woman with Sacred/Circle Dance experience or international folk dance.

The Training comprises 5 long weekends over 18 months:
October 5-9, 2017; March 21-25, 2018; July 4-8, 2018; November 9-12, 2018; March 20-24, 2019.
To apply for the training, simply write a letter (1-2 pgs.) describing your background in dance and why you feel drawn to join this training. Please include your birth date and a recent photo. Email it to Anna Isaacs at isaacs.anna@gmail.com 

Love and blessings in the dance,

xx, L.

Laura Shannon has been researching and teaching traditional dances for over thirty years, with a particular focus on women’s ritual dances, and is considered to be one of the ‘grandmothers’ of the worldwide Sacred / Circle Dance movement. Through her extensive field research in Balkan villages and wide teaching experience, she has pioneered a new understanding of traditional dances, particularly women’s dances, as active and potent spiritual tools for inner development and personal growth. Her work explores the inherently therapeutic quality of traditional Armenian, Greek, and Balkan dances, which have roots going back to ancient times. Laura sees these dances as a nonverbal means of transmitting knowledge and information, passed down through women’s circles for many generations. With degrees in Intercultural Studies and Dance Movement Therapy, she is currently pursuing an M.A. in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred  at Canterbury Christ Church University in England.  Laura’s articles on dance have been published in many languages and she blogs regularly on feminismandreligion.com . She is also a musician and has produced or collaborated on numerous recordings of music for traditional dance.  When not travelling for research and teaching, Laura divides her time between Canterbury, Findhorn and Greece.
More information at www.laurashannon.net

Laura Shannon
Bouzalades, T. Th. 1075, Keratea, Attiki, 19001 GREECE
Rose of the Heart, 227 The Park, Findhorn, Forres, IV36 3TZ SCOTLAND, UK
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