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Thread #86673 Message #1613738
Posted By: Little Robyn
25-Nov-05 - 03:13 PM
Thread Name: Morris Dancers-why do you dance?
Subject: RE: Morris Dancers-why do you dance?
I've given up dancing but been the musician for our local side for the past 14 years.
I love the music - the changes of key or when you get to the slows - tunes like Saturday night on, or William and Nancy.
It's a regular music night for me. The dancers think they're calling the tunes but I set the speed and I reckon they're dancing for me!
But there are some things we don't dance because I have bother with the tune - like Haste to the wedding and Song of the chanter. I've nearly mastered Cuckoo's nest! Perhaps not quite good enough for a dance out, but reasonable for practise night.
I guess most of my repertoire comes from Morris On and Son of Morris On - great tunes.
And it is like a secret society - we usually dance the sun up from the top of Te Mata peak at mid-winter, and dance in the Hastings spring blossom festival parade each year. Kiwis love us - its only ex-pat Brits who rubbish us.