More Morris, Better Morris was a dynamic day of presentations and practical sessions on the delivery of high-quality morris dance workshops, both in school and out.
Held on Sunday 2 November 2014 at Cecil Sharp House, London, NW1 7AY
Inspiring future generations of morris dancers
The conference was aimed at experienced morris dancers, teachers and morris sides, and offered a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the delivery of great morris dancing sessions to young people!
The sessions covered a range of morris and sword dance traditions from experienced dancers and educators who know their Border from their Molly. Amongst these were Damien Barber and Bobak Walker, the creative minds behind the critically acclaimed folk/hip-hop crossover show The Lock In and members of the Demon Barbers.
Laurel Swift and Ben Moss of the pioneering Morris Offspring presented a workshop, alongside a host of others.
Topics covered in the sessions include running workshops in schools which link with the curriculum, running inspiring workshops outside of school, safe practice for young dancers and everything else you could possibly need to know about engaging young people in these valuable traditions.
“There’s some terrific work going on all over the country, in teaching young people morris in all its forms. I want those teachers to be a community, striving for the highest quality of practice, and sharing their best ideas with each other. I think this day of workshops, case-studies, key-note presentations and networking will help that community to form and flourish.”
Barry Goodman, conference co-director and past President of the Morris Federation