I started life in Germany, but decided to make a new start and move to this country after redundancy and after my husband’s suicide. I found a job as a Tour Guide at Blair Castle and in February 1999 was offered the flat in Auchterarder, where I still live.
I was introduced to circle dancing some months later, when a therapist mentioned it. She told me a bit about it and gave me Keryn’s phone number. I liked the sound of this circle dancing and also that you didn’t need to bring a partner. . .
I was introduced to circle dance in the summer of 1994. It was a beautiful day, we danced outside at least some of the time and I felt I had at last found a type of dance I was at ease with. The dances that day were taught by Caroline Cuthbert and Patrick MacManaway.
I continued to dance with both of them in Balfron and Strathmiglo respectively over the next few years. During that time Patrick started a three weekly class in Auchterarder and Caroline organised for Anna Barton to come down from Findhorn, taking a small group of us deeper into the dance over several weekends. . .
I was bitten by the circle dancing bug in 2005 when I was invited to attend a local class to “give it a try”. Now there is no stopping me and I am presently co- teaching a new circle dance class in Kinross which I really enjoy.
I was born and bred in Liverpool, living within a 2 mile radius of my place of birth for 39 years, before moving to Scotland in 1992. I had always enjoyed watching dancing and at 18, I enrolled at night school to learn Scottish Country Dancing, which I did weekly for 21 years (apart from the end stages of pregnancy on 2 occasions). . .
I have been participating in Circle Dance for over 13 years after being introduced to it by my then reflexologist, Sylvia Hollingworth, who had started a group in Sauchie, near Alloa. I wondered at first what I was letting myself in for, never having heard of Circle Dance before, but found my dancing feet very quickly and the class soon became my regular Wednesday afternoon activity.
I have been teaching Circle Dance now for 7 of those years after attending Judy King’s Teacher Training Course in 2008. I lead a weekly group in Sauchie, a monthly group in Fintry or Gartmore, & attend Circle Dance events whenever and wherever I can, including an annual pilgrimage to St. Andrews to dance with Mandy de Winter. . .
I discovered Circle Dance rather late in life, in 2001, when I was 56. It was just after my Mum died, following a short illness which we journeyed together. I was looking for something to fill a void in my life. I saw a poster whilst out for a walk one afternoon in a nearby village where I lived in Oxfordshire. It said, “Come and try Circle Dancing. No partner or experience needed”. So, I took myself along to the hall in Benson where Lilly Sell was teaching a Circle Dance class.
As so many people have said before me, “from that moment, I knew I had discovered something I loved and it would become a big part of my life”. . .