World Dance for Well-Being

Ref: C3671334

Traditional dances from E. Europe, Greece, Near East, etc., plus recent choreographies to various music - some moderately lively, some slow and meditative. Dances for enjoyment, relaxation, mobility and co-ordination. Beginners welcome. A variety of traditional and modern dances will be taught, taking into account the abilities and preferences of the group. Traditional dances will be mainly from E. & S.E Europe, and parts of the Near East. Most dances are done in a circle with hands joined and do not involve partners. There will be a selection of slow, medium and livelier dances. The emphasis will be on enjoyment and participation. Aspects of learning the dances include - co-operating with others to best do the dances; appreciation of music and rhythms from around the world; learning of basic step sequences; and attention to posture in dancing - how we hold our bodies, and how to dance in a relaxed fashion. See also http://www.paulboizot.co.uk/dance_music.htm.

Course aim

To dance traditional and modern circle and line dances from various countries - some lively, others meditative and relaxing. To improve health and well-being through dance.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No previous experience of World, Circle or Folk Dance needed, but must have a basic ability to step in time with music, and be physically fit enough to step quickly.

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

  • Become more fluent in basic step patterns (or, for new learners, become familiar with some basic step patterns).
  • Dance one or more new dances satisfactorily.
  • Develop an initial awareness of how posture relates to dance (or, for more experienced dancers, maintain or improve mobility, posture and/or co-ordination through dance)
  • Identify something new that has been learned of the background of a dance, or of other cultures through their music and dance.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • There is no formal assessment (i.e. no exams!). Informal assessment will be via the tutor's observation of dancers, discussion, and self-assessment on the WEA learning record forms.

What else do I need to know?

  • No special dance shoes are needed, but wear comfortable footwear with soles that will not slip on a wooden floor.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No background reading is required. More information can be found on the tutor's website at http://www.paulboizot.co.uk/dance_music.htm

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • The course should give learners the confidence to attend a variety of World, International Folk or Circle Dance events elsewhere.

Download full course outline

World Dance for Well-Being Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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