Ideally a holiday should captivate the senses, and lift one out of the pressures of everyday life. Circle dance holidays aim to provide this while also offering dance instruction and a sense of community. Many report that circle dance creates a milieu where you don’t have to wear a mask and can be fully yourself. For people who find a spiritual dimension in the diversity of music and moving patterns, a dance holiday gives the time and space where one can explore this fully and deeply.
A dance holiday can be a perfect introduction, away from the usual stresses and time constraints. The atmosphere is generally relaxed and supportive (some teachers say “there are no wrong steps, only variations”).
Check first to see if an event is suitable for new dancers and ask if there will be introductory level sessions.
A spectrum of circle dance holidays are on offer:
Dance Camps tend to be large (several hundred people), with a wide range of dance styles and other workshop options. Expect the exciting atmosphere of a festival, with camp fires, drumming and impromptu music. Musicians are usually invited to form a “scratch band” and to perform as part of the dance programme. Many camps provide a programme for children and teenagers and are relatively low-budget.
Residential Holidays tend to be smaller (typically 20 – 40 people) and to focus more specifically on circle dancing. When participants travel abroad the programme will usually include outings, walks and encounters with local people and culture; in some instances their main purpose may be to experience the dance traditions and culture of a particular country or area. Some find that a group of this size is conducive to a sense of safety and group harmony.
For Day Workshops and Weekend Courses see Grapevine magazine.
Twelve days on a glorious organic Pembrokeshire site, big circle dances morn and eve, many other circle dance, creative and other dance, drumming and singing workshops, creative & craft area, creche, wood-fired sauna, well-being area, veggie cafe, shop, hot showers, and loads to do for kids and teens.
Mandy de Winter and Judy King lead “”Harmonic Circles – New Year Celebrations in England – Five days of delighting in Circle Dancing, Singing and Music-Making. We also lead various long weekend events around the country and abroad: full details are on our website.
For exact details see www.laurashannon.net.
Most events incorporate local dancers, musicians, festivities and outings.
Circle dance holidays at La Roane, a beautiful woodland centre near the Gorge de l’Aveyron, South West France. Wonderful vegetarian food, swimming, table tennis and excursions as well as lots of circle dancing lead by Anne Armstrong.