Autumn Equinox

Here are some of the dances that “the Bears” suggest for the Autumn Equinox.
Which would you like to dance in September?
Fall Equinox: (Balance, Rejoicing In The Harvest And Summer, Anticipating Winter)
An Diran
Banish Misfortune
Dimna Juda
Fields Of Gold
Harvest Moon
Hava Avar Babanot
Hora Mare
Inside Water
John Barleycorn
Many Rivers
Maze Maize
Od Lo Ahatvi Dai
Old Woman
Seasons Green And Gold
Shiva Namo
Stag Dance
Suo Gan
Swimming To The Other Side
Take Me Down To The River
Wash Your Spirit Clean
We Have Not Loved Enough
Zaken Metayel (Old Man Walking)
Zeleneye Zhito

I’ve made bold the dances that I know for sure we have danced.

Vote for which of these familiar ones you’d like to dance during September!


Dancing for Peace

We will participate in this worldwide Dancing for Peace event on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Following is from Friedel Kloke-Eibl

Setting out – Together

For an open world of tolerance

that won’t be dictated by fear

but by the good in every man.


Being on a journey together

in a multicultural world

that moves people of different religions

to venture on a joint path of peace.


Daring to resist together

for a hospitable world

in which xenophobia

has no breeding ground.

 Pierre Stutz  from “Breathing Space for the Soul”

Dear dancers,

It is a matter of heart to engage myself for peace. As every year I invite dancers worldwide to dance for peace at the UN-world-peace-day 21st September. Last year I organized 3 big Peace events in Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. Saskia, Nanni and I danced and Joanne Shenandoah, the Grammy-Award winner and peace-activist, gave an evening-concert in each place.

Should you wish to join this initiative, we would very much appreciate a short notice about where and when you plan to dance with your groups (or alone), and be happy to announce it on our website.

 In anticipation of our dance circle spanning the globe, I am sending you lots of love.


Karev Yom

For words in Hebrew and English for this song, go here:

One of the Passover/Pesach Songs, sung during the first and second Seder.
All chants of the Seder, the first (and second) night of the Passover/Pesach are
sung in a rather mantic manner and every phrase is repeated many times.

Here’s one youtube video singing it:


Videos showing the dance:

This is the music and steps we usually dance to:

This shows information about the choreographer and music:

This year we actually danced it on the first night of Passover.


The Seder feast is held on the first two nights of Passover (just the first night in Israel), after nightfall. Here are the dates of the Seder for the upcoming years:

2017:   April 10-11

2018:   March 30-31

2019:   April 19-20

2020:   April 8-9

Here’s a different version:

… et en francais, teaching the folk dance above:


Brigitte Evering

Brigitte Evering is coming to Vancouver in September.

Here’s the plan for Friday September 15 at the Unitarian Centre.

Afternoon for circle dance facilitators or experienced dancers considering facilitation.

Evening – open to all

I’m looking forward to learning from her experience and passion for dance. Stay tuned for more opportunities.

Here’s more about Brigitte:

Brigitte has been sharing her love of circle dance since 1996. She and her partner Geoffrey co-facilitate a circle in Cobourg, dance in Ontario and the US, as well as being familiar faces at Great Lakes Dance Camp. Brigitte’s clear and skillful teaching allows dancers to access a wide range of traditional and choreographed dances. She has danced across North America as well as in the UK and Australia gathering dances like friends, to share with her communities. Her joyful fire invites dancers to warm themselves with dances from the simple and sweet, to faster and fancy. Come…join in the dance… let’s affirm life together!

Dance Palette BEFORE

The Cobourg group uses a “dance palette” approach–all possible dances are put on a flip chart – way more than could possibly be danced!

Dance Palette AFTER

Then the ones that are danced are underlined and voted on. Someone stands near the flip chart at the break and end so that people less familiar with the dances can say, “I loved the one where we walked backwards” (or whatever) and they can learn what the name is. I’d love to try this at one of our circles. Maybe when Brigitte is here in Vancouver.

Here’s Brigitte’s blog about her Ph.D. work at Trent University.

Ce Mois de Mai

Just chatted via email with John Bear who said they like this dance, ce mois de mai, “down there.”

Oh dear! There’s just so much to do in May! Perhaps someone locally knows the dance and could share it before the 31st. Or as the notes say, you can dance it in other months in order to remember May.

The music recommended is by Pyewackett, a British band which is no more.

Here are the lyrics from:

Ce mois de mai Clément JANNEQUIN (16°)

Refrain : Ce mois de Mai, (ce mois de Mai)

Ce mois de Mai ma verte cotte (Ce mois de Mai ma verte cotte)

Ce mois de Mai, je vestirai

Couplet 1: De bon matin, me lèverai (Ce joli, joli mois de Mai)

De bon matin me lèverai Un saut, (deux sauts) trois sauts

Je ferai pour voir si mon ami verrai

(Je lui dirai qu’il me décotte me décottant le baiserai)

Refrain : Ce mois de Mai, ( ce mois de Mai )

Ce mois de Mai ma verte cote (Ce mois de Mai ma verte cotte)

Ce mois de Mai, je vestirai

Couplet 2 : En son jardin, douce vesprée (Ce joli, joli mois de mai)

En son jardin douce vesprée Un jour, (deux jours), trois jours

Joliette me rendrai pour humer moult roses pourprées

(Plaise à Dieu qu’il me les donne Me les donnant le baiserai)

Couplet 3 : Vienne la nuit, je danserai (Ce joli, joli mois de mai)

Vienne la nuit je danserai Un pas, (deux pas), trois pas

Légère tournerai pour mon ami émoustiller

(Je lui dirai qu’il virevolte Virevoltant le baiserai)

Les phrases entre parenthèses ne sont chantées que par les femmes

English Translation: This is what I found:

This month of May, This month of May,
This month of May, My green petticoat,
This month of May, I will wear.
Early in the morning I will rise,
This lovely, lovely month of May;
Early in the morning I will rise:
One leap, two leaps, three leaps,
In the street I will do,
To see if my boyfriend will see me.
I will tell him that he may remove my petticoat
As he does I will kiss him.

from the comments section here: