We will dance to honour the ancestors and ponder the “thin veil” between life and death during October.
Some of our local favorites are: (Scroll down for links)
- Swimming to the Other Side
- Witches Song
- Spirits in the Graveyard
- Ancestors’ Breaths
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
(Death, End Of Shedding, Without Illusion, Thinning of Veils, Rest)
All Soul’s Night
Between the Worlds
By a Quiet Stream
Crossing (The) (Osiyeza) – intense, pagan
Dance The Mystic Spiral
Death Ronde (Return Again)
Dreaming – Samhain to Spring equinox
E Ho Hi
Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Embrace the Shadow
Eno Sagrado (Sacred Ground)
Enso – Japanese sign for emptiness (all possibilties)
Four Elements Dances (1)
Kangueleftos (The Gate)
Karev Yom (Giving and Receiving)
Shiva Shambo – intense
Swimming to the Other Side
Take Me to The River
The Crossing (Osiyeza)
Weaver and the Web
Who By Fire
Yianni Mou (Dark Miserlou)
You Have Loved Enough
This was a favorite among those who attended our first session of Circle Dance Basics. So we’ll do it again!
Thank You For This Day
We had a lovely group of beginners for our first circle dance basics tonight.
We did these dances to this music:
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.
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!
We danced this with Rosie Turnbull from Findhorn.
Basics: watch for sidesteps right and sidesteps left. .04. This goes one left; two right.
We’ll probably do this one at our “basics” sessions in the summer.
As Mya just learned to facilitate this dance and was curious about its meaning, I googled “anandamayi brenda mcmorrow lyrics”.
Here’s some of what I found:
A song/mantra devoted to the Indian saint Anandamayi Ma, the joy-permeated, ‘the most perfect, beautiful flower Indian Soil has ever produced’ who was attributed to by her service of Precognition, healing and other miracles.
Here are the Mantra:
Om Anandamayi, Chaitanyamayi, Satyamayi, Paremeshwari
the Joy-Permeated, the Consciousness and Truth filled Mother. Oh Supreme Goddess
Based on Sri Aurobindo’s mantra, the music was written by Brenda McMorrow, a Canadian song writer and singer who is dedicated to Sacred music. This song is released in her album ‘Igniting the Beauty’
And here’s Brenda McMorrow’s website: http://brendamcmorrow.com/
And her youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNsNZelMwd2XVMp81WMOUpw
On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brendamcmorrowkirtan/
After three sessions with Barbara Herring with some but few repeats, my mind was full and my body wanted to keep going. So I was so glad I could get together with Mairy to practice a couple of them. We were pretty pleased with ourselves that we could figure out and “get” five of them. I would have been pleased with two or three.
And in view of the fact that they’re not the easiest dances, we’re looking for a chance to share them with other groups. And if you were at the sessions and want to get together informally to try them out, just let me know.
These are the ones we’ve “got”… But we’ll have to check the steps and practice again before sharing in a group. Probably some will be included in our April 29th event, either in the afternoon as we practice teaching them to others and/or in the evening when Mairy’s weaving the program of more challenging dances for experienced dancers.
- Gentle Arms of Eden
- River of Dreams
- Musta Musta
- Laughing by the Well
I think two other dancers have each taken on one of the other dances
- Relojes de Campagna (the opening dance with 8 steps)
So our repertoire is expanding thanks to Barbara and other visiting teachers.
Coming up Rosie Turnbull from Findhorn will be with us this coming Thursday the 19th 11am-1pm.
We’re planning a couple of sessions just for beginners where we’ll cover off and practice steps like:
side step; slip step; waltz.
We’ll demonstrate the steps and then have several dances that use mainly or exclusively those steps.
Contact me if you’re interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are a few of the other steps that are in patterns that sometimes confuse people at first.
This one is really common and unless it’s really fast is pretty easy once you get the hang of it. You need to pay attention though: sometimes it goes left; sometimes right. Sometimes you start with cross over, sometimes you start with a sidestep and sometimes you start with cross behind. It’s well worth getting comfortable with this one.
In Circle dance we play with this saying that when the step starts with the left foot we call it a lemenite and when we start with the right foot we call it a remenite.
There is also a forward yemenite which is only confusing if you’ve always done backwards yemenites.
A mantra to say is “Change Those Feet” – that helps me!
And the mystery is solved of why I could never find anything about “cherkassia” no matter how much I tried–it starts with a “T”!
I sometimes avoid the debate about where the accent is on the name and just call it: cross left over right/replace; cross right over left/replace.
And from the land of Scottish Country Dancing…
We don’t do this one much but I like it.
Barbara Herring will be here in BC from Ontario in April and will be at the Unitarian Centre on Monday, April 9th. There will also be a Tuesday April 10th event in Ladner. Check with email@example.com for more information.
I, Mary, am coordinating the afternoon and potluck dinner. Corinne will be working with Barbara for the regular 2nd Monday evening.
Barbara is considered one of the “Grandmothers” of Circle Dance in Canada. Two of her dances are on our favourites list.
Other lovely choreographies of Barbara’s we have danced are
- Crescent Moon
- Holy Mother
- Dancing Song
- I Am the Land
- Loved By a Star
- Who By Fire
Barbara will likely share some of her favorite dances and other facilitators will share as well so she can have the pleasure (her request!) to just dance with us.
Come experience the calmness, joy and reverence that Barbara Herring brings to the dance. Barbara has been a facilitator of Sacred Circle Dance groups in Canada and the USA since 1996 and during that time has been midwife to the birth of many groups in her home province, Ontario.
We’ll be dancing this on February 15, along with a whole Valentine’s week dance palette.
You can download the song for free, make a video and upload it. He wants you to.
June Watts who choreographed a dance for this, calls the dance “Choices”. Some of us find it challenging when the dance and the music have different names, but there you go.