Circle dances come from the wonderful tradition of communities dancing together, a tradition that is timeless in origin and yet relevant today in its capacity to foster togetherness. Dancing in a circle benefits the mind, body, and spirit. “Circle dance is a very accessible form of dance for people of all ages and abilities, with the emphasis on participation, not performance.” (Michaelsen)
As the children cooperate together to do the steps of the dance, they are watching one another, imitating one another’s moves, and making eye contact, all in a context of play and enjoyment. This experience creates a sense of belonging and contribution.