Why dance with Blackhorse & Standard?
Some of our dancers explain what they enjoy about being part of the side...
I started Morris dancing four years ago and after my first evening I was hooked.
I love everything about it - the music, the exercise, the mental stimulation
of learning and remembering the steps and patterns. But most of all, being part
of a group with a common interest in keeping alive an old tradition. It gives
you a warm feeling to be doing something that generations have done before you.
It being all women is a bonus too. We are all equals and decide everything by
consensus. Our meetings are fun and lively and there has to be a very good
reason for me to miss one. The dancing out, when we get dressed up, is also
fun and I have danced at a variety of venues including the Olympic Park and
the Houses of Parliament.
I joined Blackhorse for two reasons - Morris dancing has always fascinated me,
and I was looking for a fun way to exercise. The group made me feel very
welcome and they are very tolerant of my many mistakes! I am having fun,
learning something new and getting exercise.
Apart from being a fun way to get exercise, the Morris world is very friendly.
Once you belong to a Morris side, you gain an instant support group and social
life. I've been to so many interesting and novel places with the side, all
in the company of like-minded people. I doubt if any of us would volunteer
to put on a performance on our own, but with a group of other confidence
reigns. As a child I had a fanciful idea of wanting to dance ballet. However
as a clumsy, destined-to-be near six-footer, this was never going to happen.
But as a Morris dancer I get to stomp and whirl round to my heart's content.
I'm a dancer at last!