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.
Everyone over the age of 16 is welcome to take part. The class is mixed ability, with no previous experience necessary! The classes are structured to allow beginners to both 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.
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 - this class is 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.
Autumn 2018: 18 September - 4 December
Spring 2019: 8 January - 9 April
Summer 2019: 23 April - 16 July (NB no session 28 May)
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
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).
Four things we learned from learning to morris dance
– Time Out blogger Samantha Baines shares her experience.
Refunds: all courses are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by EFDSS.
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Interested in discovering more aspects of traditional English folk dance? Why not try out our English Country Dancing class?