New Members

There has been a lot of interest in the media recently regarding the demise of the morris. There have been some good articles for example, see this (Daily Mail Online). These newspaper articles conclude that younger people are too self-conscious and shy to dance in public! Surely not! Have you seen 'Morris - a Life with Bells On'? How cool is that - see the film if you can. Yes, morris has been around a long time (but so have beer and books and sex) and it evolves with the people who dance it.
What we need are more people to carry on this evolution - that means young people too; the Wessex morris side has been going more than 50 years (not many original dancers still in the side!) the dance could look quite different in another 50 years time, here's your chance to be part of that evolution. We are in the fortunate position of gaining more dancers than we lose, year on year, so we're doing something right.
We had a discussion the other week - why did we all take it up? Lots of answers, really; most people had seen the dance and decided that it was for them. If that's you, have a word with one of the men, they will point you towards one of the side officers who will tell you about it. Or come along to one of our practice sessions in Pulham village hall (details below). Arrow up symbol

Why Not Learn to Dance?

There are good reasons to do it...

  • It's good aerobic exercise (and not expensive or boring like the gym)
  • You're in good company
  • It's very satisfying
  • It's great to entertain and amuse the public

Come along to our practice, or find us on tour to meet and talk to us. Arrow up symbol

How We Teach New Starters

During the autumn and winter we practice in the village hall at Pulham (see in the Contact Us section for a map and a link to MultiMap.com). This is a time when the side learns (and defines!) the dances to be 'danced out' during the next summer season. We usually also learn one or two new dances which, if the side takes to them, get into our repertoire. While this is going on, one or two of the men teach you the basics of one or two dances, usually the stepping, sticking and handkerchief movements. Once you have the rough idea (not long) the side will include you in one of our simpler dances so you can get a feel for the shape and rhythm of the dance.
Morris dances are grouped together into a number of 'traditions', which are named after the villages in the Cotswolds where they were originally danced. The dances in each tradition generally have the same 'feel' to them and share many movements and steps and this helps you learn more quickly. Don't expect to learn instantly!; but that will not be expected of you.
At the end of a practice season you would expect to have a few dances under your belt that you would be able to dance with us during the following summer season.

Where to Find Us and Who to Contact

Information on how to find us is on the Contact Us page; The bagman, the Foreman or the Squire are all good people to talk to. During the summer, see our programme page, either at an event or on one of our Monday evening tours.
During the autumn and winter, we practice between 8pm and 10pm at the Pulham village hall (opposite the Halsey Arms) DT2 7DZ. At about 10pm we cross the road for a beer or two and some music and song. Arrow up symbol