Many traditions and cultures around the world use circle dances to strengthen community connections. In our classes, we value the long tradition of circle dancing as well as the learning that circle dances offer. Circle dances can be simple and fun with everyone contributing equally (no leaders or followers) and they give everyone a sense of accomplishment and joy. When we dance together, we synchronize our movements to a common steady beat. Research shows that this connects us both physically and emotionally to one another, allowing us to relax together as we dance. Circle dances create the perfect environment for the Cuddly Koalas to thrive and grow emotionally and socially.