Women welcome as local Morris dancers embrace inclusive name change ahead of first workshop of 2024

By Evie Payne

9th Jan 2024 | Local News

The local Morris dancers perform across Rutland at a range of events, and you could join them. Image credit: Wool Zone.
The local Morris dancers perform across Rutland at a range of events, and you could join them. Image credit: Wool Zone.

The Rutland Morris, a local dance troop, have changed their name to embrace a more inclusive future.

Formerly the Rutland Morris Men, the group has been renamed at The Rutland Morris following their first group meeting of 2024.

They have also voted unanimously to welcome anyone from the local community who wishes to join the traditional dancing troop.

The team shared on social media: "Unanimous vote in favour of accepting anyone who asks to join to become a member of Rutland Morris.

"Today the decision was made to change our name from The Rutland Morris Men to Rutland Morris. From this day forward we welcome everyone to join us. That is ALL who want to join us."

This comes ahead of their first 'give it a go' workshop of 2024, which is set to take place on 21 January.

Rutland Morris welcome all members of the community to join them for an upcoming workshop. Image credit: The Rutland Morris.

The workshop will take place from 10am until 1:30pm at Ashwell Village Hall.

Email [email protected] or call 01572 821 566 to find out more and register your interest.

Morris dancing is a form of English folk dance. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers in costume, usually wearing bell pads on their shins and/or shoes. A band or single musician, also costumed, will accompany them.

Rutland's group, this year celebrate five decades, and have performed at official events, local pubs and for charity causes throughout those 50 successful years.

Find out more about the group on the Rutland Morris website.

Alternatively, head to our What's On page for more local events, workshops and fundraisers taking place throughout 2024.


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