MORRIS? & WHAT FOLK?
Whilst at the University
of East Anglia I spent a fair amount of my spare time indulging in
the ancient, though still commonly practiced, art of morris dancing! It
did take a little persuasion to get me to join but it was great fun and
we traveled all over England dancing at all sorts of occasions. It's
certainly an unusual hobby and provided a great escape from the stress
and strain of studying for a degree. Many people regard it as 'ritual'
aerobics and it is indeed a good form of exercise. All you really need
is the ability to count to 4, a lot of enthusiasm, confidence and a pair
of handkerchiefs (you can probably borrow a stick and some bells from
the side you join).
It is amazing how quickly you
can pick up morris dancing. I joined 'Yare Valley Morris' in October 1989
and by the middle of 1992 I was promoted to the position of 'squire',
basically the person that runs the side.
Here's a couple of links that
are well worth trying out if you want to find out a little more about
Mayer's page with links to all morris sides on the Web
Men, Norwich's all male morris side
I guess that I have a small confession to make. When I made a relatively recent house move to Devon in October 2003 I started a little morris again with Beltane Border morris who are based in Stokeinteignhead twixt Teignmouth, Torquay and Newton Abbot. Nothing too serious, just a little light Thursday night exercise. It's a bit different that the old Yare Valley Morris days, black faces, stubby sticks and a absence of white handkerchiefs thereby removing the need to constantly be removing beer stains and ironing the things.
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