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The conference, with its stellar line-up of presenters and circle dance teachers, is scheduled for Friday April 20 to Sunday April 22, 2018. It will be followed on Monday April 23 with a separate one-day workshop presented by Laura Shannon. Laura's workshop cost is being offered on a sliding fee scale. The workshop is scheduled 9:30 am – 5 pm with a lunch break 12:30 – 2 pm.
Joining Hands Conference Schedule:
Friday April 20, 2018
7pm to 9:30pm
Stepping Into the Sacred
An evening of Circle Dance with Bobbi Bailin.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
10am to 12:30pm
The Integration of Circle Dance into the Elementary Classroom
Anne Catherine McConnell, University of Sherbrooke, PQ, Canada
2pm to 5pm
Traditional Circle Dances as a Source of Healing
Laura Shannon, Dance Ethnographer and International Circle Dance leader
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Celebration of Diversity
An evening of Circle Dance with Gwyn Peterdi
Sunday, April 22, 2018
10am to 12:30pm
Weaving Community: Circle Dance and Transformation.
Evelyn Torton Beck, Ph.D. Professor Emerita, University of Maryland.
12:30pm to 1pm
Further Conference Details
· Early bird registration by February 1: $175
· Full conference fee after February 1: $200
· Individual sessions may be available after March 1 at $45 each.
Accommodation: Limited dorm-style accommodation is available at Neskaya, or book into a local motel: please contact Neskaya for details.
Food: Participants are welcome to bring cold food to eat at Neskaya during mealtimes, or to eat at local
No cooking facilities will be available at Neskaya during this event.
Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the Conference
Bobbi Bailin has spent the past 40 years exploring the transformational power of conscious movement. Trained in Alexander Body Awareness and the Gurdjieff Sacred Dances, Bobbi finds Sacred Circle Dance to be a natural, accessible means for touching the everyday sacredness of our humanity and for creating harmonious connections and community. Her original choreographies have become a beloved part of the repertoires of many circles where she has taught in the US, Brazil, Canada, South America and Europe.
Anne Catherine McConnell teaches in the Elementary Education Department at Sherbrooke University, PQ, Canada. Experienced in Montessori and also interested in Waldorf education, she specializes in adapting education to the needs of young children, and teaching across the curriculum, often taking the students outside to learn first-hand about the world around them. Her courses help elementary school teachers build community and teach subjects such as history, geography, geometry and natural science through movement and dance. Anne Catherine’s conference workshop will lead you in a dance through the elementary curriculum.
Laura Shannon is known worldwide for her pioneering approach to traditional women's dances as tools for healing and transformation, which she has been researching and teaching for over 30 years. In Laura's view, traditional Greek, Balkan and Armenian dances embody an ancient worldview of sustainability and community, and also offer a source of healing energy. Laura holds degrees in Intercultural Studies and Dance Movement Therapy, and is currently pursuing postgraduate studies at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK. She teaches in more than twenty countries and has published many articles on dance.
Gwyn Peterdi first encountered Circle Dance in 1987 and immediately saw its unique potential to help us move into the Ecological Age. From that moment on she has continually organized Circle Dance events and taught in many places including USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. A graduate of Goddard College in Vermont, Gwyn incorporated Circle Dance into her senior study. She has helped thousands of people find joy through movement, and encouraged and trained many to become teachers and share the amazing art of Circle Dance.
When Dr. Evelyn Torton Beck found Sacred Circle Dance two decades ago, she knew she had come home. Evi has enjoyed several different careers: university professor; founder of interdisciplinary women’s studies; psychotherapist and teacher of Sacred Circle Dance, which she brings into these other worlds where it is sorely needed. She has studied the dance with many teachers and has taught it in the USA, Mexico, and Europe. She brings to the dance her joy in working with groups in community, firmly believing that Circle Dance is both healing and transformational.