This Saturday (a late post I have to admit), the Leeds Morris Men visited the Thorner Beer festival. The beer festival was well organised with a lot of beers on, and with the cards it was easy to pay for the drinks.
As the dance out season is starting we’re getting some great practice on a lot of the dances, and it’s starting to all come together. Practice during the off season can give you a bit of a practice into the dances, but nowhere near as good as dancing out. There’s no excuse for not dancing, as each dance needs to have 6 dancers when dancing out and you’ve got to put more effort into making it look good.
We danced a lot of the traditions including Bampton, Sherborne, Oddington and a little bit of Ducklington and wheatley.
As Bampton lacks stick dances in its repetoir Oddington bridges the gap with 3 long stick dances. These three are all fairly similar with their stepping, but the sticking can get confusing when you don’t know whether it’s the tap tap tap, or a thwock thwock thwock.
We danced a bit of wheatley with Bonny Green and Riggs ‘o Marlow.
While dancing Sherborne. I got all setup for the dance. The column dance. The one I have done quite a few times. I know the dance, and I was prepared to do it well, only to find out about a few steps in that it was instead of being Cuckoos nest (the one that I know) it was the Orange in Bloom. I noticed it was a corner dance, and I was in first corner. I had no idea what I was doing, but luckily enough the music told me what to do (and enough yelling from the other dances helped of course).
After a while it started raining, but in true morris dancing style, we carried on. We danced a few things before taking a little break where a band struck up. A few more dances later, and then another bit of music, and then back to the dancing.
The overall day was very pleasant. We got a bit of dancing in, and not too much to knacker everyone out. It was a good prelude to the dancing season which starts in only a week and a day up in Oulton.