Monday, 12 January 2009

Morris men open their doors to potential new members

RESIDENTS of West Somerset are being invited to have a go at the traditional pastime of Morris dancing amid fears that it could die out within the next 20 years.
As fewer young people take up the activity, possibly because they are too embarrassed, the Morris Ring - the ‘trade association’ for Morris troupes - has warned the tradition could be lost forever.
Now, the West Somerset Morris Men are holding an open event for local people to get up close to the dancing and even have a go themselves.
The evening will include performances by professionals, a talk on the history of Morris dancing, and an opportunity to have-a-go at some of the moves.
It will be held on January 22 at Halsway Manor, near Crowcombe from 8 pm to 10 pm.
The Morris men practice at Halsway Manor every Thursday evening, followed by a visit to a local pub.
West Somerset Morris Men squire Joe Raucki said: “The recent coverage of Morris Dancing in the media has created an enormous interest from all parts of the community.
“To explain what it is and to demonstrate how it is done, we have organised an evening at Halsway Manor.
“The Morris men will demonstrate a variety of dances involving sticks and handkerchiefs interspersed with information about the history of Morris and the current UK and worldwide situation.
“Any men or lads who would like to have a go at doing Morris will be especially welcome.”
  • Our photograph shows the West Somerset Morris Men on a visit to the Czech Republic. Photo submitted.

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