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GUEST,Jess A Scratch Morris sides (72* d) RE: Scratch Morris sides 08 Sep 04


nobody, as far as I can see from reading all the previous posts, has been suggesting that there is no place for Motley Morris or other scratch teams, or that the only reason for doing morris is for an audience and money. YES there are plenty of people who do all sorts of folk things because that is what they do for their own enjoyment, and that is fine.


plenty of people involved in morris are distressed by the fact that in England, morris is often seen as something to ridicule or be embarrassed about, whereas in other countries national dance teams are accorded a lot of respect. This may not be something that bothers you personally, but it does bother me!

When you put a scratch side (who by their own admission are just doing it for fun and by their nature can't be _that_ tight dancing-wise because they don't practice together) side by side with a booked team who have been working for months to polish their show, you are inviting comparison. Your average non-folky audience member might easily go away thinking 'if that is my national dance it doesn't look too slick compared with the romanian/swedish/tibetan team, oh dear, how embarrassing, is that the best the english tradition can offer?' thus reinforcing the idea that morris is something done by a bunch of enthusiasts for their own pleasure and not something that your average non-folky english person might want to admire or be proud of.

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