Dance In the round
Dancing together in a circle is an age-old, nearly universal human activity—to express solidarity, to worship, or just to have fun.
Dance In The Round (DITR) is a program based on circle dances from Gujarat, India, called Garba and Raas. Our aim is to make these wonderful traditions more widely available, and more importantly to harness the power of the circle-dance experience to support health, well-being, inclusion, and community building among people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
Traditionally Garba and Raas are danced in Gujarati communities during the Fall Navratri (or “Nine Nights”) season. People of all ages participate. The practice has also migrated with Gujaratis across India and around the world, to be played during Navratri and at weddings.
Dance In The Round seeks to make these dances available year round to people of all ages and backgrounds. We offer 3 formats:
Garba/Raas Classes: Mixed-level workshops for the general public, as well as age- or ability-specific classes (e.g., for older adults or children).
2. Workshops for Organizations: Movement sessions using dance, somatics, creative movement and theater games, and other modalities toward supporting group or staff well-being, team-building, communication, and leadership.
3. Participatory Choreography for Public Space: Lessons and/or choreography encouraging spontaneous participation at events like street festivals, protests, parties, and special events.
To bring a Dance In The Round session to your school, organization, business, or event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.