The rhythms, the simple repetitive steps, and the primal connection of being part of a circle evoke in us an ancient memory. We form a circle, holding hands. There is a lovely seasonal center of flowers and candles to help us focus, and we move together to great World Music. The movement is mesmerizing, and as we are held by one another, we are transported back to a time when dance was an essential part of life. From slow meditative steps to jolly quick ones, our focus and intention generate energy that is universal, sacred and healing. We feel transformed.
There are many traditions of Sacred Dance, and most exist within a specific religious belief system and require years of intense, dedicated training. The tradition of Sacred Circle Dance asks nothing of us but to join hands with others in a circle and move together in harmony. It requires no special training or talent. There are no tenets or belief systems associated with it, although it seems to attract folks who believe in living the spiritual life with peace and equality. The circle is a symbol of unity, wholeness and cosmic order. The dance evokes the divine connection we have with the earth and the universe and the heart connection with one another. The dance connects us directly with Spirit, whatever that means to each participant, and generates energy for our own emotional well-being. for healing ourselves and the planet.
Sacred Circle Dance (SCD) was born around 1976 at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland when a visiting dance master, Bernard Wosien, introduced his work of reclaiming the spiritual significance of ancient folk dances in many traditional cultures. Today, SCD is a world-wide movement. There are people dancing together in small groups and in enormous circles around the US, in Canada, much of Europe, all over South America, in Australia, Japan and Korea. We remember that once in our collective past, we danced as a community to establish our place in the universe, to celebrate rites of passage and cycles of the seasons.
Sacred Circle Dance creates instant community among any grouping of people — young, old, non-dancers and even those with challenges. It is comprised of simple, basic, repetitive steps done to inspiring World Music. The dances are always patiently taught, and the general attitude is that there are no mistakes, so you can't go wrong. Any group of people moving together creates a unity of sharing, caring and harmony. And it feels good! You can enter a circle of dancers anywhere in the world and find kindred spirits, feel one with the group and resonate on a heart level. When we dance, the universe dances with us.
Originally, the dances came from antiquity where they were used as community celebrations of major life events like birth, marriage, planting, harvest, and changes of the season. Today, with the emergence of spirited and innovative World Music, we are creating new dances and new traditions. World Music has greatly expanded our horizons with new music played on ancient instruments, old music given a modern beat and bands that fuse different traditions and join musicians from opposing cultures. Our dances vary in mood from quiet, meditative, or mesmerizing to lively, funny, or joyful, and they still hold our world together. By dancing in harmony and with a purpose, we stay connected to life's rhythms, to the rhythms of †he cosmos, and to one another. The spiritual intentions of old folk dances resurface as Sacred Circle Dance helps us focus on our spiritual intent. The dances carry sacred symbols and spiritual messages that emerge as the group moves through the repetition of steps. Some of women's mysteries are said to be encoded in the dance patterns, for it was unsafe to express them openly.
We dance to bring peace and harmony in the world. Sometimes we dance patterns from one tradition to the music of another with the express intention of creating a living, moving peace prayer, At the end of our sessions, we send the energy we have generated out to the world where it is needed for healing. With Sacred Circle Dance, you can enrich your life, get exercise, feel peace, make new friends and heal the world with very little effort and very much love.
" God respects us when we work, but loves us when we dance." — Sufi saying
Bobbi Bailin teaches Sacred Circle Dance in many parts of the world and runs a week-long retreat in June on Cape Cod where she resides. She is known for her original choreographies and has taught around the US, in Canada, England, Switzerland, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. She is a visual artist currently working with handmade paper, and she maintains a private practice in the Alexander Technique, Energy Work and Emotional Stress Release.
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