Ann Arbor Morris is an established performing group looking to expand our membership. We think you should come and try out this noisy, high-energy folk dance from England. Unlike some types of folk dance, Morris is intended for performance - there are no partners or roles based on gender.
What's Morris dancing like? It's a blast! There's nothing dainty about it. Strength, rhythm, and humor are qualities that make for a good Morris dancer. Grace also comes through, but is not needed to enjoy this boisterous, even rowdy pastime.
Here are some of the reasons why Morris dancing is a blast:
• It's athletic, high energy, and loud
• You get to wear a costume and show off in public
• It's challenging, but accessible - you can learn the basics and a bunch of dances in a few weeks, and it doesn't take years to master (like some martial arts do, for instance). Of course you can always keep improving as much as you want.
• The music is always live, including at practices! No bagpipes, we promise!
• You become part of an international community of fellow enthusiasts
If you decide to join us, here's what you'll be doing:
• Weekly practices. We meet Sundays, 6-8pm, pretty much year-round
• Occasional performances, usually 4 or 5 per year
• Dancing the sun up on May Day
• Traveling to weekend events with lots of other Morris dancers (totally optional, but really fun), 1 or 2 per year
Join Ann Arbor Morris for an evening of rousing choruses, drinking songs, sea shanties, and English folk songs.
We can be found 7pm to 10pm singing, drinking and eating in the Gulo Room of the Wolverine State Brewing Co. Feel free to show up or leave at any time throughout the evening.
This is a participation event, not a concert! There's no set program. Song leaders are welcome and encouraged. Any song that has a great, singable, reasonably easy-to-learn chorus is fair game. Don't want to lead? No problem, come and sing along.
Note: Lyric sheets are not provided, but choruses are usually taught. Songbooks and instruments are discouraged because they tend to interfere with spontaneity and listening to each other (cheat-sheets OK!).
There is no cover and all ages are welcome. Food and drinks are available from the bar.