Chinewrde Morris Dancers hail from historic Warwickshire – indeed Kenilworth was called Chinewrde in the 11th Century. They’re not quite as old, but the side has been performing for over 35 years. In 1982 their vision was to perform North West morris with a trademark vigour and crispness and that is still their chief aim, along with preserving and developing the tradition – and having a lot of fun along the way! Driven on by a high class band and with high flying clogs, they perform with attitude and precision
North West Morris Workshop – Tuesday 24th 5-6pm
Hazel Old will teach ‘Lockdown’ a socially distanced dance written by Hazel during the pandemic.
This is an energetic, lively dance written to accommodate restrictions during Lockdown. It can be danced by any number of dancers in various formations; but a diamond shape of 4 works well.
The workshop can be followed by anyone who has experience of dancing, but this is a North West Morris dance designed to be danced in clogs and includes two steps which need to be learned: polka and Royton.
In a diamond formation the positions are linked to the clock: 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock. If you are planning to learn it as a group it might be a good idea to choose different positions to learn. But generally, all positions are very similar. (Refer to notation provided during the workshop.
Musicians are welcome to join in (on mute), the tune used by Chinewrde is Brighton Camp.