Ann Arbor Morris is an established performing group looking to expand our membership. We think you should come and try out this noisy, high-energy folk dance from England. Unlike some types of folk dance, Morris is intended for performance - there are no partners or roles based on gender.
What's Morris dancing like? It's a blast! There's nothing dainty about it. Strength, rhythm, and humor are qualities that make for a good Morris dancer. Grace also comes through, but is not needed to enjoy this boisterous, even rowdy pastime.
Here are some of the reasons why Morris dancing is a blast:
• It's athletic, high energy, and loud
• You get to wear a costume and show off in public
• It's challenging, but accessible - you can learn the basics and a bunch of dances in a few weeks, and it doesn't take years to master (like some martial arts do, for instance). Of course you can always keep improving as much as you want.
• The music is always live, including at practices! No bagpipes, we promise!
• You become part of an international community of fellow enthusiasts
If you decide to join us, here's what you'll be doing:
• Weekly practices. We meet Sundays, 6-8pm, pretty much year-round
• Occasional performances, usually 4 or 5 per year
• Dancing the sun up on May Day
• Traveling to weekend events with lots of other Morris dancers (totally optional, but really fun), 1 or 2 per year
Please contact us if you'd like to know more!