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Thread #117529   Message #2533868
Posted By: Ruth Archer
07-Jan-09 - 06:27 AM
Thread Name: Morris joins the Dodo?
Subject: RE: Morris joins the Dodo?
I know a number of younger dancers who dance Cotswold. Look at the competitors (and winners) in the John Gasson Jig Competition at Sidmouth for a start.

I agree that Northwest is probably the form which is most on the decline with younger dancers - it would be great to see a bit of rejuvenation there. Northwest, when danced well, can be as dynamic and exciting as other forms of morris, IMHO.

I may be digging myself a bit of a hole here, but I almost think that the popularity of certain types of morris in recent years are contributing to the decline in standards. I wouldn't dream of naming names, but some sides seem to have given a lot more thought and attention to their fabulous kit and ther facepaint than to the quality of the dancing, which can be pretty shoddy (IMHO).

The thing I find encouraging is the quality of the dancing in many of the Cotswold sides which have enjoyed an influx of younger members. As someone said earlier, "Good technique and loads of attitude is what makes Morris attractive." From what I've seen, the quality of the dancing isn't entirely down to the age of the participants (though stamina and good nees must be hugely beneficial), but to the standards of the side as a whole and how much emphasis they place on the quality of the dance. And I think the opportunity of dancing in a quality side is one thing that does attract (and keep) younger members.