The Wisdom of Women’s Ritual Dances with Laura Shannon

Live music from Kostantis Kourmadias

Concert, public lecture, and dance workshop

October 16-18, 2020 Minneapolis – Save the Date!

Traditional ritual dances are among the oldest circle dances. Simple yet profound, they celebrate the sacredness of the natural world, and help us reconnect with ourselves, each other and the cycles of life. Coming from cultures which have survived many periods of transition, these ancient dances can wisely and joyfully guide us through life changes. They channel positive energy, life force or chi, which helps support healing and transformation on all levels.

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LAURA SHANNON is known world wide for her pioneering approach to traditional women’s dances as tools for healing and transformation. Traditional Greek, Balkan and Armenian dances embody an ancient worldview of sustainability, community, and reverence for the earth. Blending folkdance, circledance and dance/movement therapy, Laura’s teaching seeks to rekindle this awareness and to rediscover the hidden wisdom encoded in the dances. With over 30 years of experience researching and teaching, Laura is considered to be one of the ‘grandmothers’ of the circle dance movement, and brings her inspiring workshops, performances and trainings to over twenty countries. Learn more about Laura Shannon’s research and teaching at laurashannon.net.


Playing saz with virtuosity and deep emotion, KOSTANTIS KOURMADIAS specializes in the oldest forms of traditional music, particularly island music and the Greek music of Asia Minor, where his grandparents were born. As well as playing concerts, seminars, weddings and festivals, he also teaches Byzantine music at the Ilion Music High School in Athens, where for more than twenty-five years he has helped to pioneer the rebirth of the saz in Greek music. He is also a master of the violin and traditional singing styles. He has accompanied Laura’s seminars of women’s ritual dances with sensitivity and respect for more than 14 years.


Laura Shannon’s research is the foundation for the Wisdom Dances Circle weekly dances in Minneapolis. Beginners are welcome at any week of dancing as well as this weekend seminar with Laura Shannon.