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Morris dancing comes to Phinney Center

March 23rd, 2009 · Comments

Here’s an interesting old dance form that is getting new life: Morris dancing. If you’ve been to the PNA Farmers Market or Winter Festival, you may have seen a demonstration.

 

Here’s more info from Morris dancer Judith Wood:

Have you ever wondered about those crazy dancers at Folklife, the PNA Winter Festival, and elsewhere… wielding big sticks, flashing white handkerchiefs, and bedecked in bells and ribbons? Morris dancing is an ancient English tradition associated with the changing seasons. It’s a vigorous, fun dance form, most often including six dancers, with many variations. Want to give it a try? Misty City Morris Dancers will be offering a 6-week introductory class on Wednesday nights at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, beginning April 1 (no fooling!). After getting a taste of “the Morris”, we hope you’ll join the women of Misty City and three other local morris groups or “sides” as we dance in the dawn on May Day at Gas Works Park. Students age 14 and up are welcome. Class fee is $45 for the session. Contact misty.city@comcast.net for more info or to register. http://seattledance.org/misc/morris.misty.city/

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