‘The Dance Develops Community, Above All’

Peterborough citizens invited to sacred circle dance Dec. 20

Connecting with one’s self, others and the universe will come full-circle through an upcoming event tied to winter solstice.

Peterborough residents are invited to attend a sacred circle dance from 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 20 in the guild hall of St. John’s Anglican Church at 99 Brock St. in Peterborough.

The sacred circle encompasses music, dance, meditation, reflection and connection. Neither dancing experience nor musical background is necessary to participate.

“I got into the circle and it just had the feeling that I’m home. I’ve been dancing ever since then and it still feeds me spiritually.”

“The dance develops community, above all,” Barbara Herring, one of the sacred circle dance facilitators, tells Electric City Magazine.

“It’s a forum where we are connecting with the earth.”

The sacred circle dance during the solstice will perhaps hold the space for participants to brainstorm what light they would like to bring into their lives and into the coming year. There will be candle dances, during which dancers hold candles and move to the music, which is varied and eclectic.

Because everyone is in a circle holding hands, it provides a strong sense of connection and community and “a feeling of oneness.”

Barbara encountered her first sacred circle dance about 20 years ago in London, Ontario when she was searching for her connection to spirituality and attended a women’s spirituality conference.

“I fell in love,” she says. “I got into the circle and it just had the feeling that I’m home. I’ve been dancing ever since then and it still feeds me spiritually.”

Now as one of the facilitators, she’s helping others discover the benefits of participating in sacred circle dances. It’s not something that is rigidly choreographed or taught that fosters the deep connections. “Dancing together in rhythm brings you into that space,” Barbara says.

The physical exercise and the opportunity for expression draw people to the sacred circle dance as well, along with a respect for the earth. “Sacred circle dances remind us we are all part of a single community.”

Anyone is welcome to join the sacred circle dances. For the Dec. 20 event, the fee is $5, $10 or pay-what-you-can. New dancers, if they desire, can arrive 20 minutes early to learn the basic three steps.

Discover more about sacred circle dances by watching this video:

For more information, contact Barbara at barbfish1@sympatico.ca

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