A Chance to Dance with Pigsty Morris – Two Taster Sessions

Pigsty at Weymouth

Today on Bishopston Matters, our local Morris Dancers, the Pigsty Morris, share some history about themselves and tell you about two taster sessions that they will be running soon.

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Pigsty Morris are a mixed team of men and women based on Pigsty Hill, Bishopston. We perform lively and energetic dances based on the traditions from several Cotswold villages. Our dances are a mix of traditional dances and ones that we have created ourselves. Practices are each Friday evening through the autumn and winter months, with dancing out at pubs, fetes, festivals, and fairs most weeks in the summer.

As the evenings draw in we are inviting anyone who would like to try out Morris dancing (maybe a different way of keeping fit) to join us. We are holding two taster sessions this autumn, offering an introduction to the world of the Morris. You just need to be fit and keen to dance. The evenings will be on 26th September and 3rd October, from 8 to 10pm in the Kelvin Players hall on Wesley Road, just off Pigsty Hill on the Gloucester Road. There’s a charge of £3 to cover hall rental.

One of the villages whose dances we perform is the village of Adderbury in the Cotswolds. As the country remembers the outbreak of the First World War 100 years ago, we will be remembering those Morris dancers from Adderbury who never returned to their village to carry on the dancing tradition.

Many of the young men of that village signed up to fight in the Great War, including the whole of the Morris side. All of the dancers that went to war died on the killing fields of Flanders, except one. Charlie Coleman was a young blacksmith, and his skills lead him to join the Royal Flying Corps. He was the only Adderbury dancer to return home.

There was to be no more dancing in that village until 1974, when a Morris revival took place. Charlie lived to see the dancing once again, he died in 1975. Such is the popularity of Morris that Adderbury village now boasts three different teams.

Today, the Morris is alive and well throughout England. It has changed much since Charlie was a young man, not least with many women now dancing. We are sure he would be pleased to see its increasing popularity.

For further information visit http://www.pigstymorris.org.uk/

To book a place call Liz on 0117 9427926 or John on 0117 9424957, or email: [email protected]

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