Notes for teaching Morris at a 21st birthday;
1. Arrange yourselves in groups of 4.
Thats 4, not 7... Oh she's your girlfriend and he's got your beer? Well, umm, why don't you 3 come over here and join this guy.
Form a circle in your group of 4 and put your right hand into the centre so that you are holding onto each other. That's the other right hand, everyone. Err ... put your beer/champers in your left hand and put your right hand in ...umm, OK that might work but you'll have to skip backwards. You can't skip?? Is that because you're pissed or you just don't know how to?? Oh, I see.. 4" heels would make that awkward..
Now, while you're holding hands in a circle, skip forward .. clockwise .. altogether for 4 steps .. umm, OK stop now.
Now turn and put the left hand in so we can turn anticlockwise. Ready? Ski.... STOP!!! Maybe we can just skip round twice by the right then, OK???
You'll all need to put your drinks down. .. Umm .. OK try not to spill too much on the floor. Now, clap right hands with the person opposite .. umm, no, not your girlfriend, the other opposite. Can you skip while you do that? No?? OK just stand still and do high fives then, I guess that will be OK. Now turn to face the .. No, on the other hand, just keep clapping with .. err!
Jenni, we should stop now before someone has a nasty accident!
About the Dragons
Morris is a traditional English folk dancing style and Brandragon is Melbourne's only north west Morris side. We travel and perform throughout Melbourne and Victoria all year round at fairs, festivals, markets, fetes and weddings. We are a fun, diverse and friendly group, all ages, genders and levels of ability are welcome. Come along to dance, play some music and have a beer (or cider) with us.
Brandragon can be seen at these upcoming events.
Sun 08/Jan/2017 - Lavandula Harvest Festival
Monday, 12 July 2010
The clearest description I've yet seen of Morris. This clip contains examples of the various styles, including the rarely discussed 'Fluffy Morris' and indicates where they originate from.
A CLOCKWORK MORRIS
A CLOCKWORK MORRIS
5,000 Morris Dancers is an anarchic weekend event at The Southbank Centre, London from 3rd-5th Sept 2010. At its heart is a large-scale installation of morris-inspired folk-pop art by David Owen enhanced by film, dance, music and mayhem.