Samhain (Hallowe’en/Day of the Dead) Dances

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We will dance to honour the ancestors and ponder the “thin veil” between life and death during October.

Samhain/Hallowe’en

Some of our local favorites are: (Scroll down for links)

  • Swimming to the Other Side
  • Witches Song
  • Spirits in the Graveyard
  • Ancestors’ Breaths
  • Kali

Which of these is your favorite? Do you have other songs or dances that you love that fit this theme? Send me a note and let me know! Mary

 

 

 

Here’s the complete list from the Bears’ list at circledancing

Samhain:
(Death, End Of Shedding, Without Illusion, Thinning of Veils, Rest)
**Old Woman
All Soul’s Night
An Diran
Bablykan
Between the Worlds
Breaths
By a Quiet Stream
Cleopatra
Crossing (The) (Osiyeza) – intense, pagan
Dance The Mystic Spiral
Dar Gorani
Dark Spiral
Darrone
Death Ronde (Return Again)
Deep Peace
Dimna Juda
Dreaming – Samhain to Spring equinox
Dudulas
E Ho Hi
Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Elm Dance
Embrace the Shadow
Eno Sagrado (Sacred Ground)
Enso – Japanese sign for emptiness (all possibilties)
Four Elements Dances (1)
Garuda
Goc
Hallai
Hex
Insider, The
Kali
Kangueleftos (The Gate)
Karev Yom (Giving and Receiving)
Lam Lam
Le Bezu
Lore
Moroccan Exile
Namah Shivaya
Navigator
Nightwalking
Old Woman
Porushka
Raca
Rakim
Sacred Hoop
Samhain
Serenity
Shift, The
Shiva Shambo – intense
Still Point
Swimming to the Other Side
Take Me to The River
The Crossing (Osiyeza)
The Shift
Vrlisko Kolo
Weaver and the Web
Whisper, The
Who By Fire
Yianni Mou (Dark Miserlou)
You Have Loved Enough

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TakeMoreChancesHi, I’m Mary Bennett and I post information on this blog about circle dances around Vancouver that I’m involved. Usually I dance with all of the monthly groups at the Unitarian Centre 949 West 49th at Oak. I also often travel to Ladner to dance on the last Friday with Darlene and Frances. Contact circledanceladner@gmail.com to find out about upcoming dances.

  • Weekday Evenings: 1st Tuesday 7 – 9 pm (coordinated by Leslie) and 2nd Monday 7 – 9 pm (Corinne facilitates) in Hall
  • 3rd Thursday 11 am – 1 pm (GLAD: Gathering for Labyrinth, Art and Dance.) – Darlene, Mairy and me in Lindsey Priestley
  • Earth Spirituality Ritual and Circle Dance: Sunday near the Sabbat (Solstices, Equinoxes and Cross-quarter Days) 12:30 – 1:30 pm in Sanctuary

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October Dances

Which dance should we select for October’s dance? October is full of gratitude and ancestors!

Thanksgiving:

Thank You for This Day

Heartfelt Thanks and Gratitude

Samhain/Hallowe’en

Some of our local favorites are:

  • Swimming to the Other Side
  • Witches Song
  • Spirits in the Graveyard
  • Ancestors’ Breaths
  • Kali

This is a new idea to select a dance each month that will be danced at several lower mainland circles. If you’d like a dance added that’s not there, just let me know. circledanceucv@gmail.com

Here’s the complete list from the Bears’ list at circledancing

Samhain:
(Death, End Of Shedding, Without Illusion, Thinning of Veils, Rest)
**Old Woman
All Soul’s Night
An Diran
Bablykan
Between the Worlds
Breaths
By a Quiet Stream
Cleopatra
Crossing (The) (Osiyeza) – intense, pagan
Dance The Mystic Spiral
Dar Gorani
Dark Spiral
Darrone
Death Ronde (Return Again)
Deep Peace
Dimna Juda
Dreaming – Samhain to Spring equinox
Dudulas
E Ho Hi
Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Elm Dance
Embrace the Shadow
Eno Sagrado (Sacred Ground)
Enso – Japanese sign for emptiness (all possibilties)
Four Elements Dances (1)
Garuda
Goc
Hallai
Hex
Insider, The
Kali
Kangueleftos (The Gate)
Karev Yom (Giving and Receiving)
Lam Lam
Le Bezu
Lore
Moroccan Exile
Namah Shivaya
Navigator
Nightwalking
Old Woman
Porushka
Raca
Rakim
Sacred Hoop
Samhain
Serenity
Shift, The
Shiva Shambo – intense
Still Point
Swimming to the Other Side
Take Me to The River
The Crossing (Osiyeza)
The Shift
Vrlisko Kolo
Weaver and the Web
Whisper, The
Who By Fire
Yianni Mou (Dark Miserlou)
You Have Loved Enough

We Danced For Rain and The Rain Came

At the Ladner circle dance last night with a theme of Forest Gratitude, we did a rain dance! And this morning I woke up to find the sidewalks wet.

Over the past few weeks, this song has been running through my mind. Perhaps we could circle dance to it?

 

and the choral version. The Unitarian Chalice Choir sings this. i’ve always loved it.

And here’s one we dance to.

No Complaints Whatsoever.

https://sacredcircledance.wordpress.com/2018/08/25/water/

Karen Drucker

Joanna from Windsor, Ontario, has choreographed several Karen Drucker songs. And… wait for it… there’s more. She’s now looking at Drucker’s latest CD… and we can expect at least one new dance coming up! One Heart At a Time is the title track.

  • Gentle With Myself

  • Song in My Soul

  • I Have Faith

  • Blessing to the World

and choreographed by some other circle dancers

  • There is Only Love – choreography by Cherrie and Margaret

  • Thank You For This Day – Margaret Grocke
  • Gifts of the Goddess – Margaret Grocke 2010

links found in the Basics posting

Circle Dance Basics – Session One – How Lovely!

We had a lovely group of beginners for our first circle dance basics tonight.

We did these dances to this music:

  • As One

  • Elm Dance

  • Thank You For This Day

At the next session, we’ll repeat the top favorites: As One and Thank You for This Day and add a couple of new dances.

Mairy Beam will facilitate session 2 on the first Tuesday in August.

Dancing the Labyrinth

Mairy and I have wanted to dance the labyrinth for a long time–and our dream was realized yesterday.

My new Blue Piston Nomad speaker on a lanyard connected by Bluetooth to my phone worked well.

We did “We are a circle” with pilgrim’s step – and miraculously would up in the centre at the end of the chant. We wished we’d thought of some symbolic act in the centre: touch the tree, circle the tree, place an object in the centre. We’ll do that next time.

Then we did “Tread Gently” and — miraculously — wound up at the end at the end of that chant.

We all felt that was a perfect dance for the labyrinth as we treaded gently along the winding pathway between flowers and herbs.

The labyrinth is a double processional style, so we were then on the opposite side. Next up: two more dances to get us back to the other side.

This was part of our June GLAD (Gathering for Labyrinth, Art and Dance). So then we all picked some flowers and herbs to make a group mandala together and then danced more indoors. The top left photo shows the posies made from the mandala at the end of the session. I’ll post other photos when I get them from those who took them.

What dances do you think are perfect for doing on the labyrinth?

We welcomed Kay and Jean from the U.K. Lovely to have summertime visitors join us. We told them about “CanCon”… and they learned Magpie!