have been teaching Circle Dance since 1987 when life’s events took me to
Shropshire where I now live. I had always loved to dance and Circle Dance
had an instant appeal to me - drawing music, as it does, from a diverse
range of countries and cultures. There had always been a strong
international focus in my life since I was brought up in a guest house –
we had lots of visitors from ‘strange places’. I had also, in my ‘wild’
youth, lived abroad and travelled widely. I went to university as a mature
student to study French and Linguistics and went on to obtain a P.G.C.E.
qualification and to teach French.
I first became involved with Circle Dance in 1984 when I moved to
Brighton and by chance went to a Spring Equinox Celebration. I was so
smitten by the dancing during this celebration that I joined a regular
local group and realised immediately that I had found something that
resonated deeply with me. The personal events that took me to Shropshire
proved to be the moment to explore the possibilities of this wonderful
discovery. I have been teaching Circle Dance full time ever since.
Many other doors have also been opened to me since setting out on the
dancing path. Most importantly soon after I began teaching Circle Dance I
found opportunities to develop my musical skills. I already played
recorder, guitar and piano but soon found myself trying out other
instruments like the mandolin, the melodica and the Bulgarian Tambura
(which I acquired on a visit there in 1993). I also love to drum and to
sing in a variety of languages.
It has been my passion to promote and bring live music to
dance events, but I have also made several
recordings of Circle Dance music with the wonderful musicians and
dancing friends I have met along the way. My dancing path has also led me
into the world of choreography. In particular, I have produced two albums
of my own choreographies to original music by my musical mentor and
friend, Linda Rhodes (see Parampara), aswell
as creating choreographies to other people's music (see
CDs and Booklets /
Join the Dance and
When I Open the Door.
All the personal enrichment that the dance and music-making has brought
me has led me to encourage others to open their voices and to find/develop
their musical skills. As well as teaching regular groups near my
home in Shropshire, I also teach throughout the UK and have been invited
to run workshops in many other countries around the world. (Circle
Dance Holidays and