MEMBERS of Shobrooke Friendly Club were introduced to Circle Dancing by Judith Thompson of the Exeter Circle Dance Group at the club meeting on Wednesday, March 15.
As the name implies, dancing is done in a circle with each person taking part holding the hand or fingers of the persons on either side, and moving around in a circle in various steps to the accompaniment of music.
Many of the dances are based on the traditional folk dances of Eastern European, Greek and Israeli cultures.
The idea is to strengthen a community and to encourage togetherness.
As no partners are needed in this form of dance, anyone can join in without embarrassment. Some of the dances have been modified, and instead of traditional music, even Bob Marley’s music can be used.
The meeting went quite well, with many members discovering a few muscles that they had forgotten about, and at least one person discovering that they really did have two left feet.
Mrs Thompson was warmly thanked for the time and effort she had put in to making the meeting enjoyable.
Afterwards, the normal business of the Club was transacted, with tea and biscuits being served. Once again many thanks to Dave and Clifford for organising the brew up, and the washing up afterwards.
The usual draw took place, with the prizes having been donated this month by Barbara Woodford, the President of the Club and Jo Rouse.
The Club’s forthcoming May Outing to RHS Rosemoor, and Atlantic Village on May 17 was discussed, with Margaret Gale, Treasurer, taking the names of those interested in going.
If anyone else is interested in going, would they please contact Margaret on 01363 773282. It is hoped that if enough are interested in RHS Rosemoor that a group booking fee of £9 per person can be charged as the entrance fee instead of the usual £11.
There are three motorised buggies available for hire for an additional fee at Rosemoor, as well as ordinary wheelchairs, which are free. The cost of the coach has yet to be decided upon as this will depend on the numbers going.
The next meeting of the Club will be on April 19 at Shobrooke Village Hall, when there will be, no doubt, an interesting talk by a member of the Devon Air Ambulance team.