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.

 

June Watts – August 2018 Summer Dancing

June Watts – Summer Dancing

August 2018  in BC & Alberta

***Please click on Title of each Danceshop for Registration & More Info

 

‘Beyond Belief’

Friday August 10 – Sunday, August 12 (Alberta)

Location:  Camp Okeekun, near Fort MacLeod, southern Alberta, Canada

An eagerly anticipated out of town residential weekend in a new-to-Sacred-Circle-Dancing venue with both camping and indoor accommodation.
Contact Judy Bober Tel: +1 403-274-2700 and +1 403-801-6009 (Cell)
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 ‘The Spaces Between’

Friday, August 17 – Tuesday, August 21 (B.C.)

Tete Jaune Cache, B.C.

Another new venue for this long-standing 5 day event in the beautiful and peaceful Robson Valley. We will dance on the banks of the magnificent Fraser River.
There is the option of either camping or indoor accommodation.
*You may dance for the weekend only or *extend the pleasure for 2 more days and explore the dances in depth.
Contact Micah Tel: +1 250 961 5983
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‘Dancing Downstream’

Friday, August 24 – Saturday, August 25 (Alberta)

Calgary, Alberta

A mini weekend in the beautifully renovated hall at Scarboro United Church.
Come for the Friday evening only or continue on to Saturday to truly embody the Dance.

Guest Teacher Anni Scott in Victoria July 31

Friday, July 31

7:00-9:00 pm

Friends Meeting House…..1831 Fern Street

$ – By Donation

Contact:  victoriadancingcircle(at)gmail(dot)com

***Anni will also lead a weekend ‘Dancing the Dharma’ workshop in Vancouver July 20-22 (Friday eve may be attended separately).  Please scroll down for details.*** 

Anni Scott, originally from South Africa, has been a spiritual practitioner for over 20 years; and studied Body-Mind Therapy, Shamanism, Kabbalah and Martial Arts with Dr. Carlos de León. She was born into an artistic family where music, dance and the creative arts have been an integral part of life.  She is passionate about sharing Dharma Dance as an invitation to greater well being, personal transformation and spiritual growth. Anni presently shares the dharma through Dance, Chi Kung and Meditation in Mexico and the USA.

 

Dancing the Dharma Weekend Workshop (July 20-22, 2018) with Anni Scott

Dancing the Dharma Workshop with Anni Scott

July 20, 21 & 22, 2018

Moving Meditation to Nourish the Body, Mind & Soul

“When our hearts and steps join as one the ceremony begins.  We dance, sing mantras and share prayers, inviting Divine Grace to descend and dance through and amongst us.”

 *NOTE:  This event includes Circle Dance, Chi Kung & Meditation

 Open Event…..Friday, April 20…..6:30 to 9:00 pm  ($25 + GST)  

Workshop…..Saturday, Sunday (April 21 & 22)…..10:00 am to 7:00 pm 

Location: Ontogony Centre ~ 2667 West Broadway,Vancouver, BC

Early Bird Tuition: $295 + GST (includes event on July 20) valid until June 20.  After this date tuition is $345 + GST

Limited to 25 Participants!

Registration:  ontogony.com/dancing-the-dharma/

Anni Scott, originally from South Africa, has been a spiritual practitioner for over 20 years; and studied Body-Mind Therapy, Shamanism, Kabbalah and Martial Arts with Dr. Carlos de León. She was born into an artistic family where music, dance and the creative arts have been an integral part of life.  She is passionate about sharing Dharma Dance as an invitation to greater well being, personal transformation and spiritual growth. Anni presently shares the dharma through Dance, Chi Kung and Meditation in Mexico and the USA.

 

SPRING DANCE POEM by Jennifer Solley

CELEBRATING SPRING

by Jennifer Solley (Vancouver Circle Dancer)

We come together to celebrate
To dance with the courage of the snowdrop
To dance with the grace and glow of the crocus, smiling at the sun
To dance with radiance of the daffodil, standing tall and majestic
To dance with the splendor of the tulip in the glow of its many colours
We come together in celebration
To dance with peace, joy, and delight
To dance with love, warmth and harmony
To dance together with the renewal and vibrancy of spring
To dance together like a bouquet of spring flowers, basking in the magic of the dance
The inspiration for Jennifer’s poem:  I helped Darlene with the welcome card for all participants at the Rivendell Women’s Retreat.   She also asked me if I could write a poem or find something to put inside the welcome card with the theme being welcoming everyone and Spring.    I had just come back from a walk at Van Dusen Gardens and enjoying all the Spring flowers and the poem arrived!

Women’s Circle Dance Retreat (Rivendell/Bowen Isle) June 1-3, 2018

WOMEN’S RIVENDELL CIRCLE DANCE RETREAT (Bowen Island)

JUNE 1 – 3,  2018

*NOW FULL!  Wait List for those still interested.      

For registration form, more info and questions: circledanceladner(at)gmail(dot)com

 

INVITATION: Please join us at the Women’s Rivendell Circle Dance Retreat at Rivendell Retreat Centre (http://www.rivendellretreat.org/) on Bowen Island from June 1-3, 2018. The Circle Dance Retreat is in a very special locale at the Rivendell Retreat Centre which encourages time for self and in nature, time in community and service to others.  There’ll be scheduled time to dance with 3 or 4 facilitators in sacred space and time for self in an ambiance of quiet away from city life and distractions.  Rivendell is a beautiful location with wonderful energy.  The centre is atop a hill overlooking mountains, forest and ocean with nature paths, a separate sanctuary building with view of the forest and an outdoor labyrinth.  If you wish to extend your stay a few hours by arriving on the Island (not Rivendell Retreat Centre) early or staying later, there are some quaint shops to explore in Snug Cove and some beautiful hikes on the island too.

FOOD:  You will be lovingly nourished with delicious vegetarian meals and snacks prepared by Darlene.  If you have special dietary needs, there is space on the registration form to note them.

COST$250 includes dance program, accommodation, meals and snacks (ferry cost extra).  Most participants will be sharing a room (separate beds) with one other person.

PLEASE NOTE:  HELP WITH MEALS & CLEAN-UP ETC. IS A REQUIRED SERVICE AT THIS RETREAT:  For service to others, we will each give our loving attention to a meal prep shift, a meal clean up shift as well as lending a hand where needed during the retreat.  In addition, before our departure on Sunday, participants will clean/prepare their rooms for the next guests, return furniture in the shared spaces to its rightful place and clean the common spaces.

 

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.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4917970/#!po=5.38462

Website Contributions Accepted

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

 

BC Circle dancers and facilitators are welcome to share their Circle Dance-related writings, resources, events etc. on this website (i.e. poems, dancing memories, pictures, books, videos etc.).  Please send your submissions to dancingmachine(at)telus(dot)net

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 31 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 31 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.  

*SUMMER 2018 DANCESHOPS with JUNE WATTS – June will be back in BC & Alberta this AUGUST.  Please see her website  www.junewatts.com for details.