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Abergavenny Circle Dancing

Circle dancing is a sociable and enjoyable way of exercising as Hilary Jay explains.
Abergavenny Circle Dancing

Chris teaching a circle dance

Here at Abergavenny circle dancing we dance to live music and learn international dances including dances from Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Israel. It is invigorating, yet relaxing while appreciating the authentic music played by experienced musicians Tony, Nick and Richard.  The expert and good-humoured teacher Chris Yemm, structures the sessions to match the capabilities of the dancers.  Both beginners and experienced dancers are very welcome and no partner is needed for Abergavenny Circle Dancing.

Dancing in a circle is an ancient tradition common to many cultures for marking special occasions, strengthening community and encouraging togetherness. Many of the dances come from the Balkan countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Serbo-Croatian cultures, Macedonia and Greece, but other countries like Sweden and France are also represented. The dances are sometimes related to a particular time of year or festival but many are done at any gathering of people – weddings, funerals, festivals or feast days. In fact, if you’ve ever seen Greek dancing, you already have a good idea of what circle dancing is! There is also a growing repertoire of new dances to classical music and contemporary songs.



Musicians: Richard, Tony and Nick

Circle Dancing in Britain came out of the Findhorn community in Scotland following visits there from 1976 onwards by Bernhard Wosien, a German dancer. Known first as Sacred Dance, it has changed over time as enthusiasts do it in their own way, and may now be simply called Circle Dance which can also include International Folk Dance.

Circle dances can be energetic and lively or gentle and reflective. The style and mood reflects the group and the interests of the teacher. The aim always is to experience the joy of dancing with others and to create a sense of wellbeing and community. Anyone of any age or ability can circle dance. Each dance is taught, there is no audience and everyone is welcome. You can come on your own or with a friend and simply join in, no partner is needed.

If you are a musician and would like to play music in the Circle Dance Band please contact Tony Jay 0789 4737 264

Abergavenny Circle Dancing takes place every 1st and 3rd Monday in the month (except Bank Holidays) please check dates in the Focus Events Diary – Leisure & Social. At Llanelen Village Hall NP7 9HT 8,  next to Llanelen Craft Shop, by Llanelen Bridge on A4042 8.00 -9.45 pm.

For details please contact: Hilary Jay 01873 859327 Chris Yemm 01873  853324

Article by Hilary Jay

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