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Judi Appleby


Tutoring in: Circle Dancing
 
Judi has been dancing since she was small. Classical ballet came first and after 13 years training in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabi, she taught both classical and modern dance with the North West Victorian ballet school.  After reluctantly giving up her dream of being a ballerina, dancing in, and choreographing, musicals in the amateur theatre world became a great love.
 
In 1999, whilst living at the Findhorn Foundation, in northern Scotland, (an intentional community and eco-village) Judi discovered the joy of daily sacred circle dance and its emphasis on ‘how it makes one feel’ rather than getting the steps right. She particularly enjoyed looking around her dancing circles and seeing women and men of all ages, all professions, and all body types, moving with the sheer joy of dancing together. Since then, she has lived and worked for two long periods at Findhorn, keeping the seed of circle dance alive, with the hope of introducing courses in Victoria.
 
After a working life in community organisations and the TAFE sector teaching English as a second language, Judi now has the space to devote time and energy to enjoy a dancing life, once again. She has been offering short circle dances courses for the last few years in Castlemaine and Melbourne and can clearly see the ‘body and mind’ benefits for most participants.