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Morris dancing in Kent
Morris dancing is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. Kent is regarded as one of the leading counties in the dance, with many villages in the county having their own troupe or ‘side’ as it is known amongst Morris fans.
Young people and Morris
Tim Dwyer from Weald of Kent Morris says that his side “actively seek new members” with the youngest member aged around thirty five years old
So does this mean that Morris dancing is inaccessible to young people?
“Primary School age children are very receptive to Morris dancing and we have had excellent receptions at Cranbrook Primary School.” Tim says.
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He also admits that getting young people to join the side is not a priority and says that his side does not have any plans to engage young people in Morris dancing.
The future of Morris?
Despite this, Weald of Kent Morris have a fresh approach to what some see as an unfashionable activity.
“We are a slightly less formal Morris side than some others. We try to dance traditional dances and several of us have danced for over thirty years.”
“We believe that the Morris is as importantly a group of like minded souls from very different backgrounds who primarily enjoy dancing the Morris but importantly get on as a group. I guess that this is meant to emphasise that that the side's motivation is to enjoy the Morris rather than be a slave to it!”
“Hopefully this will be the future of the Morris.”
last updated: 11/08/2008 at 11:34
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