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At the heart of English folk
Morris Dancing

Morris Dance Class

Interested in finding out about morris dancing?

Why not try out our Tuesday evening morris class and discover one of folk dance's richest traditions. Have fun, increase your fitness and improve your dance skills whilst learning lively Cotswold morris dances with handkerchiefs and sticks. Led by tutor Andy Richards and accompanied by live music.

 

Who is it for?

These welcoming classes are for everyone over the age of 16. Young people aged 12 to 15 are welcome when accompanied by a responsible fee-paying adult.

The classes are for all levels of experience, including absolute beginners.

Beginners learn at their own pace, but also practice with more experienced morris dancers.

Already a seasoned morris dancer? We will address some key points that will apply to your level.

 

What can I learn?

Morris dance is an energetic, buoyant form of English folk dance performed to lively music in groups or ‘sides’. There are many diverse traditions across the country – our classes are based on the popular Cotswold tradition in which dancers perform with handkerchiefs and sticks.

Beginners are taught the basics alongside more experienced dancers – this is the traditional way of learning morris as it's more accessible and supportive for beginners. There is great value to be had by learning together, helping each other and working as a team, as well as focusing on individual learning points.

 

When does it take place?

Tuesdays 7–9pm 
Please note change to class time for the Spring term 6.30-8.00pm!

Autumn 2018: 18 September - 4 December
Spring 2019: 8 January - 9 April 
Summer 2019: 23 April - 16 July (NB no session 28 May)

 

Fees

Autumn term 2018 fee
£72 | £60 concessions (advance booking required)

Drop-in:
£8 | £6.50 concessions (payable on the night)
Loyalty card: purchase 5 drop-in tickets and your sixth ticket is free
Group discount: buy 5 tickets for the same night and get a sixth free

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Who teaches the class

The class is be led by morris dancer and tutor Andy Richards.

Andy Richards is a dynamic and highly respected morris dancer having danced over many years with different teams including Moulton Morris, Cambridge Morris, Travelling Morrice, Rose Moresk, Pilgrim Morris and Taylor's Men. He is experienced at teaching morris to many different types of groups in a supportive, friendly and enjoyable manner. He is also a skilled musician playing the pipe and tabor (drum) for dancing for a number of morris traditions: Adderbury, Bampton, Bledington, Badby, Brackley, Bucknell, Fieldtown, Longborough, Wheatley, Sherborne and Ducklington. Andy is the current Chair of the Taborers Society.

Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). 

 

What they say 

Four things we learned from learning to morris dance
– Time Out blogger Samantha Baines shares her experience.


 

Terms and Conditions

Refunds: all courses are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by EFDSS.

Concessions are available to people who are in full-time education; in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance; in receipt of Income-Based Benefit (such as Income Support, Housing or Council Tax Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Pension Credit). For concessionary rates please call the box office on 020 7485 2206. The box office is open between 9.30 and 17.00 Monday to Friday. Evidence of concession will need to be provided before the start of term by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a copy of your supporting documentation.

Further Terms and Conditions information for classes and courses run by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

For any other queries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call the Education department on 020 7241 8953. 

 

Discover more

Interested in discovering more aspects of traditional English folk dance? Why not try out our English Country Dancing class?