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.
*Laura may be facilitating an evening of dance this November (2019) TBA.
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. laurashannon.net
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.
June Watts in BC (Summer 2019)
July 26-30, 2019
Tete Juane Lodge, Tete Juane Cache, BC (Robson Valley)
More info: Micah 1-250-961-5983
*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.
NEXT RIVENDELL RETREAT FOR WOMEN
BOWEN ISLAND…..OCTOBER 18-21, 2019
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!)
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.
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 as “a 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.
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 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 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
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A website connecting dancers and facilitators in BC and beyond
Note: Circle Dance is also known as Sacred Circle Dance/Dancing or Circle Dance/Dancing
*Home page foot photo by D. Rainbow