Colourful group seeks energetic men

TRACY MILES
Last updated 14:52 19/02/2014
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COME DANCING: Geraldine's Morris dancers are keen to increase their numbers - especially if you're a bloke.

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Geraldine's recently formed Morris dancers, are restarting practices on Saturday and are welcoming new recruits.

The dancing group, formed last year, had a break from practices over the holidays but have still been attracting attention over that period.

"We had a few enquiries about joining the Morris side after we performed at Waihi Bush Music Festival this month," member Rhys Taylor said.

He said the dancers are particularly keen to recruit more men into the side which consists of mostly women at present.

"This is a good time of year for new dancers to join our existing eight, as we are learning some new dances."

English Morris dance is a centuries-old tradition of street dance by men and women, performed to live music.

Their Border Morris style features stick-clashing and complex patterns of movement which are engaging to watch and good exercise for the dancers.

The side meets fortnightly to practice and dances at fetes, festivals and events throughout Canterbury.

"It's great fun, and can be as demanding as a sport, but co-operative rather than competitive," says Rhys' partner Anne Griffiths, who leads the side.

Griffiths has been Morris Dancing for 25 years and brought a repertoire of dances with her from England as a migrant in 1996.

She volunteers her dance teaching so participants contribute only for hall hire cost and towards kit.

The first practice is on Saturday at 1.15pm, running until 2.30 at the Academy of Performing Arts hall in Talbot St, Geraldine (opposite the cinema).

For more information, contact Rhys 03 693 8726 or text 021 462 260.

SOUTH CANTERBURY HERALD

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