Mor­ris dancers are on hunt for new re­cruits

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - CHAR­LOTTE GREEN

AMORRIS danc­ing club is call­ing for new mem­bers to help the resur­gence of the tra­di­tional dance.

The Adling­ton Mor­ris Men were formed in 1964.

With 12 dancers span­ning the gen­er­a­tions, from young men in their 20s to veter­ans in their 70s, the troupe dance and make mu­sic for plea­sure and per­form the tra­di­tional jigs in front of en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ences.

Adling­ton Mor­ris Man, Gra­ham Smith, a re­tired chem­i­cal en­gi­neer from Mac­cles­field, said the danc­ing style is still very pop­u­lar and is urg­ing more peo­ple to give it a try.

Gra­ham, who has been Mor­ris danc­ing for more than 50 years, said: “It’s not a dy­ing art, ac­tu­ally across the coun­try grow­ing.

“When we first started we were the only Mor­ris team in the county. Now there are 12 groups across Cheshire, and we want the Adling­ton Men to have a resur­gence.

“We’ve done work­shops with the Scouts and they en­joyed it and we want to take Mor­ris danc­ing and folk songs into schools.”

He added: “I’ve been Mor­ris danc­ing since 1964, it’s keep­ing me young!

“Peo­ple look at me and say ‘you’re not still danc­ing’ but I am. Once you get the bug it’s very hard to throw it off.”

The Adling­ton group has been based in Wood­ford for six years, at­tract­ing club mem­bers from across the county.

Their dances are mainly drawn from those orig­i­nat­ing in the Cotswolds and sur­round­ing vil­lages.

While the Adling­ton

it’s mu­si­cians are adept at play­ing the ac­cor­dion, melodeon or fiddle, a Mor­ris mu­si­cian has to be an ex­pert in re­mem­ber­ing the old tunes and play­ing from mem­ory.

For any­one in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved, go along to a prac­tice night on Tues­day evenings from 8.30pm to 10pm at the 1st Wood­ford Scout Head­quar­ters on Moor Lane.

Prac­tice ses­sions are washed down by re­fresh­ments in the lo­cal pub.

The squire of The Adling­ton Mor­ris Men, Roger Jackson, said: “Mor­ris danc­ing is en­er­getic and lots of fun, you need to be rea­son­ably fit, have a sense of rhythm and enjoy team work.

“We can teach you the rest, so come and drop in for a ses­sion.”

●● The Adling­ton Mor­ris Men say their pas­time is en­er­getic and lots of fun

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