We sometimes start a circle dance gathering by playing “We are a circle within a circle” – and having people join in as they’re ready. As earth-centred spiritual traditions is one of the six sources that we draw on in Unitarianism, I really enjoy “casting the circle” this way – by setting sacred space for our circle dance.
We dance to a version that’s quite a bit slower than this version by Kate West
At the end, we sometimes, especially if we are focusing a theme on one of the eight wiccan sabbats (solstices, equinoxes, etc.) end with “May the Circle Be Open”
Barbara Herring in Ontario choreographed this dance and when I recently sent her a note with some questions, she encouraged me to adapt it to the ideas I had. So as pagan groups often open the circle (something like returning sacred space to regular space) by going counterclockwise or “widdershins”, I facilitate this dance going counterclockwise. It makes me happy to close a circle dance session this way. Only partly because after “merry meet, and merry part and merry meet again” which is sufficiently cheerful on its own, I sometimes spontaneously add: It’s all About Mary!”
A fellow visual artist once commented on looking through some works in progress that all my art had circles in them! Now I make sure they do. And am developing a repertoire of what might be called “circle circle dances”
Some other circle dances that include the word circle include:
Circle Chant (Circle ‘Round for Freedom)
All My Life’s a Circle