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Thread #86673 Message #1613560
Posted By: AggieD
25-Nov-05 - 10:27 AM
Thread Name: Morris Dancers-why do you dance?
Subject: RE: Morris Dancers-why do you dance?
I danced the Morris for over 20 years, & still play for the side, but can't dance because of injuries, which my doctor ascribed to too much Morris dancing! Nevertheless I have had a spectacularly fun time.
I've met so many fantastic people (although I have also met some pedantic idiots)and made so many friends through the dancing, that I hope to be able to at least play for many years.
I also like to think that we've given many people entertainment. Whenever we dance most people do stop & watch & the little kids just love to dance around to the music as well.
The trouble is that because Morris is so ridiculed & sidelined, we aren't getting enough young people coming in to carry on the tradition, & many of the teams that started up in the 70's & 80' are really struggling or dieing out altogether.