What is Circle Dancing?


Community Dancing

Circle Dancing is inclusive and welcomes people of all ages. It broadens our understanding of different cultures through music and dance. No dance experience or partners are needed. Circle Dancing is a wonderful way to have fun and make friends.


The main aim of Circle Dancing is to experience the joy of dancing together. There is no competitiveness and no such thing as mistakes, only variations. Circle Dancing is more than exercise. We generally dance together with handholds such as V-holds and W-holds so that "two left feet" and "novice nerves" are held and supported by the circle of dancers. We don't obsess over correctness in dance performance but rather encourage dancers to enter into the spirit of the dance and give themselves time to learn and enjoy. 

Moving Meditation

Circle Dancing has been described as a moving meditation. It is a great barometer for letting the dancer/meditator know when the mind wanders - the feet "fall out of step". This is an opportunity to chuckle, refocus, and return body and mind to the dance circle. We all have this experience at some time.


An important feature of Circle Dancing is the centrepiece. It provides a focus for maintaining the dance circle in the same place in the room and for directing the group energy towards that one centre.

Learning Circle Dancing

All dances are carefully taught at each gathering so beginners, visitors and more experienced dancers feel comfortable and receive support. The steps are relatively simple, moderately easy to learn, often instinctive and in three parts or shorter. Generally the leader demonstrates and micro-teaches each dance, step-by-step. As the confidence of the Circle grows and the group feels ready, the leader puts on the music and the dance begins. At first there are variations and as the dance continues these fall away with the help of the music and lots of repetition, and the circle begins to move as one and our connection and enjoyment increases. 

Benefits of Circle Dancing

Circle Dancing is light to moderate rhythmical exercise, good for the memory, balance and L-R brain coordination. It is meaningful and uplifting. It broadens our understanding of different cultures through music and dance. Most of all, Circle Dancing is a wonderful way to have fun and make friends. 


Circle Dancing improves body image, self-esteem, concentration and communication. It creates a sense of wellbeing and coming together. It imparts a deep sense of connection and a calm contented afterglow.

Winter Solstice

A joyful celebration of the sun's cycle at Crafers, Adelaide Hills on 23 June 2022

  • Ubi Caritas et Amor - song by Taize group from CD Music of Unity & Peace and dance of same name choreographed by Lilly Sell. Here we've adapted Lilly’s choreography into a candle dance.
  • Moon and Sun dance - choreographed by Judy King to the movie soundtrack from Fateless. Moon dance and Sun dance were two of Sacred Circle Dance founder’s choreographies (Bernard Wosien) and Judy King has skilfully combined them into this wonderful dance that is so beautifully suited to our Winter Solstice celebration and the move towards increasing sunshine. Gloria from our group made some lovely white shiny scarves and there were just enough to connect us as pairs (excluding the facilitator Lyn).
  • Ring of Light dance - choreographed by Lucy van Leeuwen to a 16th Century German Carol in which the dancers draw a ring of light as a prayer to repair our human family. We danced to the music of the Baltimore Consort's Wir singen dir Immanuel from CD Bright Day Star.

St Patrick's Day

Three Irish dances are featured in this video: 

  • A Gentle Jig
  • Leprechaun's Dance
  • Reel Beatrice

Dances and Music

We dance to music from around the world... From diverse cultures including Greek, Celtic, Slavic, Irish, Brazilian, German, Albanian, Cuban, Scottish, Jewish… 

From traditional to modern... From medieval to contemporary folk... From lullabies to jigs

Some of our favourite Dances are:
  • The Pilgrim Step
  • Misirlou
  • Guardian Angels