Current News & Articles
October & November 2019
Invitation, by Dee Brown
Our circle is open, to whom you may well ask?
The answer is no riddle, it’s written in our past.
From early days of dancing in Findhorn’s sacred home
It travels across oceans from where new steps are born.
Stonehaven Group Profile, by Pamela Affleck
Stonehaven Circle Dance started on 16th Jan this year. Nine dancers generously came to support us from Cupar, the group where I regularly dance. This meant that we started with a lovely big circle of 30 dancers. During our first term we’ve averaged 19 local dancers every week. We meet for an hour and a half from 10 to 11.30 on Wednesday mornings with a tea/coffee break at about 10.45. We dance a variety of dances and are really still finding our feet as to what works best. It’s a bit of fun trying on different dances to see which ones fit and which ones we need to grow into!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at CSCD
Children in Need, Cupar
Here’s an article from The Herald and St Andrews Citizen about the Cupar group's Children in Need fund-raiser. Many thanks to all of you who were able to attend, for your support and very generous donations.
Judy Harvey's Road to the Isles, by Diana Treffry
On the road to the isles Judy certainly led us Over the Hills, into the Skye Boat Song and eventually onto the Dark Isle, but this was also a journey in all sorts of other ways - through dance - through life.
It began the moment each of us arrived (after our journeys, long or short, to Cupar) with warm greetings from Judy and on all the cafe tables she had arranged quotations from prose and poetry on the theme of journeying to set us in the mood. . .
Cupar group's youngest circle dancer, by Rose Cross
Introducing the Cupar group's youngest circle dancer Cara Laura-Jean Tully, aged 10 weeks, with Mum Jemma and Granny Janette.
Cara has been dancing since the age of 7 weeks and always joins in all the dances.
She particularly loves The Midwives Dance, which we danced especially for her at her first class.
Kinross end of term report, by Lynne Barlow
The end of term is here at last
For some of us that’s great
But others really like to dance
on each and every date.
Reports are out; you all did well,
but sometimes had a struggle,
Which foot is left which way is right,
It can be such a muddle.
Dance Day with Susanne Anders Bartholomäi, by Keryn Evely
Two years in the arranging and at last Susanne Anders Bartholomäi was with us in the Three Kings’ Hall, Auchterarder. Susanne said this was the first time she had been invited to teach a day’s workshop in Scotland.
We were 21 dancers, the majority of whom were probably not sure quite what to expect.
Susanne certainly got 100% concentration from the dancers as she got us to feel and think about where a movement was initiated, making suggestions to help us appreciate that.
She led us into a gentle movement, or short sequence, which then became part of a dance.
The pictures on the website show us dancing a lively partner dance called Vira de Frielas. However most of the dances were quieter and calmer ones . . .
"I would love to dance with Susanne again. It was a brilliant day. 'The steps are not the dance'!" Irene K.
Teachers' Practice Day in Auchterarder, by Keryn Evely
We started promptly at 11.00am with our six teachers. Three were CSCD ones - Lynne, Keryn and Elke. Rose and Maria were unable to join us so we invited three new/emerging teachers Katie Jack, Kate Daly and Carol Holtom all of whom have come to past TPD and supported us as ‘willing guinea pigs’. We were joined by an additional nine dancers.
By luck rather than design we had a good mix of dances. The programme was arranged as best it could not knowing how much time would be needed for teaching but it worked out well with time for repeats as we went through. The new teachers brought us new insights. . .
"I know it's the only way to build my confidence. I really enjoyed the day and the nice relaxed atmosphere." Carol
"What a lovely and very helpful day yesterday. It was lovely to meet up with everyone again and have the chance to practice new dances. Thanks all for your support and encouragement." Kate x
Dancing with Susanne Anders Bartholomäi, by Diana Treffry
I've been lucky enough to dance with Susanne a few times as part of the Findhorn Festival of Sacred Dance, Music and Song, where I especially appreciated the way she invited our bodies to wake up to the dance in her morning attunement sessions. At other times she introduced us to and accompanied her treasured mentors, like Dimitris Barbaroussis and Nanni Kloke.
I was so taken with her style of teaching that twice I've joined the group that Frances Fawkes gathers together in Somerset to dance with Susanne. . .