For the past few years we at Chapel Morris have run a ‘Give Morris a Go’ session as part of New Mills Festival. We’ve really enjoyed running it and, judging by the smiles on the participants’ faces, they’ve enjoyed it too. From the 2019 sessions 2 people (who had never danced Morris before) enjoyed it so much that they carried on coming to our regular Monday night practices over the winter and were really looking forward to dancing out with us in 2020. Sadly Covid-19 stopped this from happening. We are hoping to able to resume ‘Give Morris a Go’ sessions in person in September 2021.
We have put together an instructional video of a simple Morris jig (Shepherd’s Hey) that can be danced alone or by as many people as can safely get together. Why not have a go (watch the video as many times as you like). We’d really like to know how you get on. If you feel keen enough then send us a video of you dancing.
record yourself/yourselves dancing along to the full version of the jig with no commentary (see below)
upload your video to YouTube (unlisted)
send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org
For an extra little ‘crafty’ experience then why not ‘have a go’ at creating your own little Morris dancer. Full instructions provided here.
Although we’ve been unable to dance out since March 2020 we’ve been meeting every Monday night virtually via Zoom. You can find out what we’re up to via Facebook or Twitter and, if you’re interested in learning more, please get in touch.