World Dance: Traditional and Modern Circle Dances

Ref: C3671399

Traditional dances from E. Europe, Greece, Near East, etc., plus recent choreographies to various music - some moderately lively, some medium-paced, others slow and meditative. Dances for enjoyment, relaxation, mobility and co-ordination. No partner needed. Beginners welcome. A variety of dances will be taught, taking into account the abilities and preferences of the group. Traditional dances are mainly from Greece, Eastern Europe, Russia, and parts of the Near East. Dancing can also promote physical & emotional health, including general mobility and co-ordination. See also

Course aim

To dance traditional and modern circle and line dances from various countries - some lively, some medium-paced, 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:

  • Demonstrate improved fluency in basic step patterns (or, for new learners, become familiar with some basic step patterns).
  • Dance one or more new dances satisfactorily.
  • Explain 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?

  • You do not need specialist dance shoes, but you will need footwear that is comfortable, preferably flexible, and will not slip on a wooden floor. Heels are generally not recommended. Trainers are fine as long as they do not grip too much.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No background reading is required. More information about Circle Dance and International Folk Dance can be found on the tutor's website at

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • The course should give learners the confidence to attend a variety of World, International Folk or Circle Dance events elsewhere.

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World Dance: Traditional and Modern Circle Dances

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