Friday, January 09, 2009

Troupe Withdrawal

Who’s Tripping The Light Fantastic?

Morris dancing could be "extinct" within 20 years – all because young people are too embarrassed to participate. The Morris Ring, which represents 200 Morris troupes across Britain, says the number of dancers is dwindling while their age is increasing.

FOOTNOTE: Dancing keen.

8 comments:

Sandi McBride said...

I'll happily offer you the loan of one of my walking sticks...perhaps the one with the North Wind carved in the stock...so the tradition can be carried on! I'll make use of my red silk hankie, more lady like, I understand lol! I haven't seen a Morris Dance in years! I can hear the rhythmic beat of the sticks on cobbles in my head...it would be a pity to see it disappear!
Sandi

Maggie May said...

Well not if my son has anything to do with it!

i beati said...

maybe they are all sitting on the couches watch ing all the dance shows - instead of whirling and twirling themselves????????

Moannie said...

I have seen Morris Dancers many times, the men usually bearded, the women pinked cheeked with fine pale hair. They are archaic, excentric and superbly British. They are of a stock for which we have a never-ending supply. The only way Morris Dancers will die is if 'elf and safety say that brandishing sticks could be dangerous, or if greedy local Councelors decide they need a licence.

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

I've never heard of Morris dancing. Hmmmm....Let me go read up on them.

Orbiter said...

Come to Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire this weekend to see Morris dancing at its best! About 35 teams will be there for the Straw Bear Festival and you'll see that it's not just about bells and hankies. The two "bears" are both in their 20s and there will be lots of teams with younger people involved.

I urge anyone who thinks that Morris is just for old men to Google "Black Swan Rapper" or "Dog Rose Morris" and see their films on Youtube.

The Muse said...

wouldn't that be a shame?
a loss of heritage.....

Shrinky said...

I hasten to add this was long before I met him (and he didn't fess up to this until AFTER we were married) but my hubby used to do Morris dancing!