|AngleTwitch Morris dancers camping at Upton Folk Festival 2014|
What a wonderful weekend it was. The sun was shining brightly. AngleTwitch Morris Dancing side couldn't have made me more welcome so I felt at home from the minute I arrived to park up alongside their tents and campervans to the moment we had to say goodbye at the end of a most enjoyable weekend with a lump in my throat and (manly) moistened eyes. (See AngleTwitch Morris photos on Facebook
|DIY Ceilidh at Upton Folk Festival 2014|
It was a weekend when everything went well. The parade of Morris sides rocked with a fantastic atmosphere. The evening and lunchtime joining in traditional folk music sessions were brilliant, especially the session at the Swan pub by the river with Martin Hughes. Even the full English breakfasts at the campsite were the best I've had for ages. Checkout my Facebook album for more photos of Upton Upon Severn Folk Festival 2014.
So, if you like dancing, maybe having tried dance activities like Zumba, but have never given Morris dancing a thought, especially if you fancy the idea of camping with a great bunch of friendly people, why not check out your local Morris dancing side. The dances are often athletic and really good exercise so its a very healthy past-time. The dancing performances are mainly done outside so there is lots of opportunity for fresh air. This beats other dance situations where dancing occurs in enclosed sports or leisure centres. As a newcomer to Morris dancing, the Morris dance side will expect to give you full and ongoing training so there is no worry if you have never done it before. There may even be opportunities to help the dances evolve for the really creative and expert dance enthusiasts. It's fun and very social. If you are a member of a Morris dancing side, every other Morris dancing side will most likely immediately welcome you as a friend too.
If you live in or around Barnstaple, Devon, AngleTwitch Morris are looking for new dancers to join them. In my experience they are a very friendly and welcoming side and are definitely worth checking out. There is a Facebook Group for AngleTwitch Morris. If you do, perhaps I'll see you at one of their practise sessions or performing in the streets around Barnstaple or camping out at a festival soon :-)