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Please contact circledanceladner(at)gmail(dot)com

Reminder:  Laura Shannon will be facilitating 2 evenings of dance (March 26 in Victoria & March 27 in Ladner)

*Please don’t miss this opportunity to dance with Laura who is one of the finest Sacred/Circle Dance international teachers.

Open to women and men. ***Previous experience of Sacred/Circle Dance, Folk Dance (or similar) is recommended.


LIVE MUSIC with RONDO MUZIKA (Ladner May 11)

Rondo Muzika Live Music Circle Dance

with facilitator Wendy Anne Park

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 1:00 – 5:00pm

Celebration Hall, Ladner United Church

Address: 4960 48th Ave, Ladner

Arrival time:  Please arrive before 1:00. Doors open at 12:45

*Pre-registration required by May 10

To register contact: circledanceladner(at)gmail(dot)com

Cost: $35 before April 30, $45 after

Admission includes: live band, dance instruction & light refreshments 

Access:   Door on 48th Ave near Garry Street (not the front door)

Parking:  Free parking available across 48th from church and on side streets.  Please be aware of parking restriction time limits in certain areas.

Transit:  Frequent transit service to Ladner Exchange.  Then take 601 South Delta to 4700 block Arthur Drive.  Walk to village centre to Ladner United Church.

*New dancers welcome!     No experience necessary; all dances taught. 

Laura Shannon – International Guest Teacher facilitates in Victoria (March 26) & Ladner (March 27)





6:30 – 9:30 pm

Victoria Friend’s Meeting…..1831 Fern St

More info and to register:



7:00 – 9:30 pm

Ladner United Church (Celebration Hall)….. 4960 48th Ave, Delta

More info and to register: circledanceladner(at)gmail(dot).com


Join us for an evening of traditional ritual dances with guest facilitator, Laura Shannon, from Findhorn, Scotland.  We will enjoy dances which help us connect to the rising and revitalising energy of Spring.  

Open to women and men. ***Previous experience of Sacred/Circle Dance, Folk Dance (or similar) is recommended.

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. laurashannon.net


Dancing with Laura Shannon

picture of Laura’s most recent visit to Vancouver a few years ago
Over 25 women have been participating in the 2 year training in Nanaimo of Women’s Ritual Dances with Laura Shannon that started in October of 2017.  Laura is known worldwide for her pioneering approach to traditional women’s dances as tools for transformation and healing with over 30 years of teaching and research.  For more info about Laura please visit her website: laurashannon.net  One of the the training participants, Diane Schreiner has organized a workshop in Quebec for 2020.
Dancing with Laura in Quebec – MARK YOUR CALENDAR:  September 17-18-19-20, 2020 .
As well, Diane is seeking interest in a possible training with Laura to commence in 2021 or 2022.  Please contact Diane for more info:  diane.schreiner(at)bell(dot)net  

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.


Website Contributions Accepted

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

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