Circul8 inspires and enables communities to move, learn and connect through circle dance reimagined and remixed. It exists to promote physical and mental wellbeing as the foundations of health and happiness; to encourage active community participation and engagement in order to improve social connectedness; and to raise the profile of high quality community arts. I’m committed to achieving this vision by upholding Circul8’s core values of sincerity, expertise, compassion and courage.
How it works
The initial aim of a Circul8 session is to consolidate the steps. I'm able to respond sensitively to the needs and progress of the group, seamlessly integrating instruction, demonstration and focused support. As soon as the class feels ready, I lead participants in practising the steps to music, carefully choosing tracks of a moderate but increasingly upbeat tempo. After a few tracks, you find that the less you concentrate, the more confident your steps. Once this muscle memory is established, dancers can begin to move with growing expression and freedom, but no less synchronicity with the rest of the circle.
My name is Sian Barrett, and I'm a Norwich-based community arts facilitator with a background in education. I studied German and Russian at the University of Nottingham before completing primary teacher training at the University of East Anglia. Inspired by thinkers, Sir Ken Robinson and Dr Iain McGilchrist, I have reflected a lot on the roles of motivation and confidence as essential components of the creative process, and to the educational implications of the subtle and instinctive ways our perspective can cloud or clarify our sense of the worlds within and without. I'm also intrigued by the carefree quality of singing in the shower and dancing while washing up. In short: I think and write... I sing and dance.
Circul8 is for body and mind, young and old, productivity and play, expression and celebration. Explore the classes, workshops and events to learn about the many forms that Circul8 can take by choosing from the "services" menu, or contact me with any questions or comments.