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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Dancing (at UCV) on Thanksgiving Monday 2018

Hi, folks, we’re breaking with tradition and WILL do our 2nd Monday circle dance even though it’s a holiday!

Theme (of course) is Gratitude!

Bring a snack to share if you can. Feasting continues!

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/

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?

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?