Dancing in a circle is an ancient tradition common to many cultures for marking special occasions strengthening community and encouraging togetherness.
Modern circle dance draws on the rich and diverse traditional dances of many countries, including the Balkans, Greece, Israel, Russia and France.
There is also a growing repertoire of new dances to classical music and contemporary songs. Circle dances can be energetic and lively or gentle and reflective. The style and mood reflects the abilities of 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 well-being and community.
Anyone of any age or ability can circle dance. Each dance is taught, there is no audience and everyone is welcome. So come on your own or with a friend (you do not need a partner) and give it a try! See calendar for details. JL
UPDATE: The Community Workshop in Ailwin Road, Morton Hall, has a taster day on February 25, from 9am-1pm.
The workshop, as mentioned in a recent edition of WOW247, is for people with learning disabilities and focuses on social skills, craft and music. It is envisaged that there will be some local folk artists performing on the day.
Everyone is welcome, AND the coffee will be free. Having a bang on a drum will also be free. BK
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5
ANSELL CENTRE, Hadleigh. 8pm. £5 on door. £2 under 16s and floor spot performers. Bring your own drinks. East Creek Union supported by Tony Winn
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6
NEAL’S YARD, Bury. 10am-11.30am. £10. Circle dancing. Dancing Bach Flowers. Booking essential. Contact 01284 705548.
PETRUS WINE BAR, Bury. 8.30pm. Free. The Larks. An evening of folk and other music,
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7
BLACK FEN FOLK CLUB. The Boathouse, Cambridge. 7.30pm. Open nights/guest nights. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8
COLCHESTER FOLK CLUB. 7.45pm. £11 on door. £10 cons. The Changing Room supported by Jackie Ord.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9
WHITTLESFORD FOLK CLUB. Bees-in-the-wall, Cambridge. 8-11pm. All welcome. Contact email@example.com
ELY ROYAL FOLK CLUB. KING’S ARMS. 7.30-11pm. All welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10
GUITAR CLUB. CONSTITUTIONAL CLUB, Bury. Free. Real Ale. 8pm. Allcomers welcome. Contact Kevin. email@example.com
WOOLPIT FOLK CLUB. The Bull 8.30pm- 11pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11
HORNINGSEA FOLK CLUB. Plough and Fleece 8-11pm.
THE BULL, Colchester. Free. 9p – 11pm. An evening with Mr Shillaker with Sonrisa and Cherchen Man.
WITHAM SINGAROUND. Railway. 7.30 – 10pm. £3 on door. All levels welcome. Contact email@example.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12
LONG MELFORD FOLK CLUB. Cock and Bell. 8pm. Free. Open to all. Good stuff happens here. Recommended.
Learn to play the Bodhran (Irish drum) A five-week course for beginners, with Sue Szymanski (The Floozies). Starts Monday, February 22, 7 - 8.30pm at The Centre, St John’s Street, Bury IP33 1SN. A drum can be provided if you don’t have one. £75, advance bookings only. 07917 624381, firstname.lastname@example.org