Leonard Cohen – Dance Me to the End of Love

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
  • Anthem
  • Take This Waltz

Do you have a favorite Leonard song you’d like to dance to?

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Dark of the Moon

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.

All My Life’s a Circle

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?

Cherkassia

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.

Grapevine @6:40

 

Dance Dances

Here are the “dance dances” listed on the Bears’ site:

Dance Dances:
Come Join The Dance
Dance For Joy
Dance Me To End Of Love
Dance Of The Souls
Dance The Mystic Spiral
Dance, The
Dancing Through Roses
I Hope You Dance

To this we can add Peter Mayer’s Dancing Shoes. Any others?

White Bird A Dance for September 2017

dancingdovesWhite Bird was the first dance that June Watts ever choreographed.

With this dance, we trace the figure of the White Bird of Peace, pointing to the head, tail, swaying on each wing. Then the bird takes off (cross steps) with our prayer of peace and alights where we send the prayer.

It’s done to music called Vasija de Barro created in 1950 by a group from Ecuador.

Marta always includes with Day of the Dead. Here are the words:

Yo quiero que a mi me entierren
Como a mis antepasados
En el vientro oscuro y fresco
De una vasija de barro

Quando la vida se perda
Tras una cortina de años
Viviran a todo el tiempo
Amores y desengaños

Arcilla cocida y dura,
alma de verdes collados,
luz y sangre de mis hombres,
sol de mis antepasados.

De ti nací y a ti vuelvo,
arcilla, vaso de barro,
con mis muertos yazgo en ti,
en tu polvo enamorado.

I want them to bury me
Like my ancestors
In the dark and cool belly
Of an earthenware pot.

When life loses itself
Behind a curtain of years
Loves and disenchantments
Will live forever.

Clay fired and hard,
soul of green meadows,
light and blood of my men,
sun of my ancestry.

From you I came and to you I return,
clay, earthen vessel,
with my dead I lay in you,
on your lovely dust.
Source; Grapevine magazine, early 1990’s (two verses only) and http://www.twinelmpublishing.com/trans22.html

Several of us locals decided it would be a dance for September and we’d all try to include it in our dance gatherings. But it sounds like if you miss it, it can work for October/November too!

 

October Dance Poll

Which dance should we select for October’s dance?

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
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