Saturday, October 13, 2018

*1:00 – 5:00pm 

Ladner, BC


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

Pre-registration required by October 10

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

Cost: $35 before September 15, $45 after

Admission includes: live band, dance instruction & light refreshments

Facilitator:   Wendy Anne Park  (see bio on ‘Faciltators’ page of this website) 

Location:  Celebration Hall, Ladner United Church

Address: 4960 48th Ave, Ladner

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. 


photo by Jen Boyes-Manseau of outdoor dancing in Nanaimo


TUESDAY AUGUST 14 & 28…..7:00-9:00 pm…..PARK in GORDON HEAD


Enjoy Dancing in the great outdoors during AUGUST in VICTORIA.  Because Friends Meeting House (regular venue) is closed for the month of August there will be 2 (not 3) circles (Aug 14 & 28…..7-9 pm) at park in Gordon Head as well as other Pop-Up Green Gratitude dance gatherings at different times in parks in different neighbourhoods in Victoria.

For more info about these please contact:  victoriadancingcircle(at)gmail(dot)com 

REGULAR SCHEDULE (below) will resume SEPTEMBER 2018 (Please see our ‘WHERE TO DANCE’ page for more details.   

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.


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)

 ‘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

‘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.

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

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

*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.