Circle Dancing

Ref: C2522961

You will start with basic dance steps, gradually building a repertoire of dances. Instructions are repeated until dancers can competently dance without any prompts. Circle Dances reflect the cultural background of their origins, thus giving you an opportunity to explore our world heritage.

Course aim

Circle Dance uses traditional folk dances from around the world to enhance physical and mental well-being. Dancers hold hands, moving together, following simple routines of steps. Dances can be lively and uplifting to rhythmic and meditative.

Who is the course for?

Women Only. Students must be members of WHIST

What topics will this course cover

There will be a range of Circle Dances from around the world; a mix of tempo, rhythm and styles. The group support each other to learn more complex routines. Circle Dancers often feel uplifted by sharing an enjoyable experience. People can adapt the movements to their own abilities thus being able to participate at their own level.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Demonstrate 'Cherkassia’ dance steps 2. Demonstrate the ‘W’ hold with arms. 3. Explain 3 aspects of the Circle Dance hand hold 4. Explain the significance of dancing in a circle.

How will I know I'm making progress?

There will be continual assessment and feedback to the whole group, so that everyone can progress together. You can have individual tuition for the more complex steps. Each time, the steps are explained and demonstrated by the tutor, so that there is no pressure to remember. Class members are encouraged to help each other with gentle prompts.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Ensure that you wear suitable comfortable and flat footwear. Dances can be adapted to any limiting health condition. If you need a support bandage please do wear it. Circle Dancers sometimes like to wear colourful or flowing clothing.

Reading and information sources

No reading or preparation is required

What could the course lead to?

There is a nationwide network of Circle Dance groups and there are events of Circle Dance for a full day, weekend or week.

Download full course outline

Circle Dancing Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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