All on a learning curve with circle dance workshops

An introduction to the basic steps of simple circle dances from all over the world will start next week as part of the Askrigg Learning Curve summer programme.

Paula Hague, who has taught the dances for more than a decade, will lead three workshops at the Wensleydale Sport and Leisure Centre on Mondays, July 10, 17 and 24, from 2-3.30pm.

No previous experience is necessary and each dance, old and new, will be taught separately.

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“The emphasis in the workshops will be on enjoyment rather than getting each step correct and in the right order,” says Paula. “It’s an ancient form of dance which exercises the brain, body, feet and heart – and you don’t need a partner.”

Circle dancing is practised all over the world but the introductory workshops will concentrate on simple dances from Britain, other European countries and the Middle East. Some will be traditional, others will be modern choreographies.

“Some will be slow and meditative, some a little faster, and there’ll be a few that are manic,” says Paula.

The cost for each session is £5. To book contact Jan Hale at the centre on 01969 650060 or email