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.
We will dance “Heartfelt Thanks and Gratitude” to music by Chris James!
Here’s a link to the album Fiery Eyes that this song is found on. Scroll down to hear a clip from this song.
There are numerous Leonard Cohen songs that have been choreographed for circle dance.
The one we do most commonly is Dance Me to the End of Love.
Search this site for “Leonard Cohen” and you’ll find a couple of others.
If you’d like a cover, I like this one:
Other Leonard songs we dance to:
- Who By Fire?
- Traveling Light
- Take This Waltz
Do you have a favorite Leonard song you’d like to dance to?
We love dancing songs that relate to the phase of the moon. This one is for the “dark moon” – just before the slightest crescent appears. It includes the phrase “plant a seed tonight” which I first heard as “fantasy tonight!”
Dark of the moon from Night Passage by Libana
Here’s them performing it.
We usually dance to this music from “Playing for Change”
Here are the lyrics by Bob Marley: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bobmarley/onelovepeoplegetready.html
This dance has become a tradition for the annual Women’s gathering. The dance choreography includes a spot where you greet another person–with a hug, handshake, do-si-do or spin – Your job is to discern what kind of greeting that person would welcome.
I like it a lot partly because I do indeed remember this song when it first “came around” in the 70s – a turbulent time in my life.
No straight lines make up my life, all my roads are bends
There’s no clear-cut beginning and so far no dead ends
I got so excited with the greetings when I looked at my new Garmin heart rate monitor, there was a spike about 8:10 pm. I thought: What was that about? and remembered that was the time of us dancing this dance.
More about Harry Chapin here on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Chapin
Now perhaps someone will choreograph Cat’s Cradle?
I’ve started just calling this “cross over” step because newbies get confused anyways. I’ve also come to think it’s better to try it than to try to decipher words about it.
But these people alternate grapevine and cherkassia with great enthusiasm.
Warm up exercises getting to cherkassia.
Here’s a basics video about what makes a waltz step (and how it’s not a slip step)…
Rise and Fall
Warming up for Waltzing
So now… off you go and do Winds on the Tor!
Here are the “dance dances” listed on the Bears’ site:
Come Join The Dance
Dance For Joy
Dance Me To End Of Love
Dance Of The Souls
Dance The Mystic Spiral
Dancing Through Roses
I Hope You Dance
To this we can add Peter Mayer’s Dancing Shoes. Any others?