Friday 17 August 2012

An article that we're having in the local press

Morris Dancing – It’s not all Beards, Bells and Beer!

The traditional English pastime of Morris Dancing has undergone  quite a revival over the past few years.  From feature films such as “Morris- A life with bells on” to the documentary “The way of the Morris”, and the South Bank festival “5000 Morris Dancers”. 

Now there are contemporary sides like The Demon Barbers and The London Belles appearing before packed crowds at some of the major folk festivals around the country.  Even the Olympic Closing Ceremony had its share.

Local Morris side “The Chalford Stick Company” have had a great dance season this year, despite the wet weather.  They have danced at the famous Upton Folk Festival, the National Morris Day of Dance in Stratford on Avon (at the kind invitation of the Royal Shakespeare Company), and the local ‘Stroud on Water’ festival for Cotswold Canals Trust.

“We’ve also danced at some of our favourite local pubs on our regular Thursday performances” said Martin Phillips, one of the longest-serving members.

Now it’s the start of the practice season, until they dance once more on Rodborough Common, at sunrise, on May Day.

“ We’re keen to expand our side this year and would welcome new members.  Old or young; experienced or beginner; male or female.  Anyone is welcome to come along at our taster-evening at Woodchester Village Hall on Thursday 13th September at 8.00pm.  Well known for our energy and enthusiasm, it’s a great way of having some healthy exercise, lots of fun and even the odd real ale or two!”

Why not come along and feel free to watch or even give it a try?

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