Why do Men go Morris dancing?
- It's social, energetic, skilful and great dancing to an appreciative audience. We reckon it's the same as - why do people like playing football or other team sports.
Can anyone join?
- Any man can join the Taunton Deane Morris, able or disabled, tall or short.
Do you ever hit your fingers?
- Occasionally yes!
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What sort of Morris do you dance?
- We dance a variety of types of dances. We always dance our own style called Taunton Deane and dances from the Cotswold villages of Ilmington and Ducklington danced in whites. We tatter up in the winter dance “Border” from Worcestershire, Shropshire and Hereford borders.
Are all the dances old?
- Some are, not all of them though. Our Taunton Deane style was developed by us in recent times.
How can I join?
- Come along to a practice night in the Autumn / Winter and we'll show you the ropes. If you like it, keep coming! We don't ask people to fill in forms or anything, we have a membership fee to help cover hall hire and kit costs but that's about it.
How much will it cost me to join?
- Annual membership is £25.00
What kit will I need to buy?
- We supply you with bells and baldrick, the only things you may need to buy if you don't already have them are some white trousers, a white shirt, black shoes and possibly a tatter and old jacket for Border dancing but we'll help you get hold of all that.
When can I join
- Any time you like, however, our practice sessions start in September and go through until April and during the Autumn / Winter is the best time to learn so that you can join us dancing out in the Summer.
Is there an age limit
- No but it helps if you can walk.
Where do you dance
- St George’s Hall, Fons George, Taunton TA1 3JT
When do you dance
- Any Tuesday evening (8-10pm)
Why do you often dance outside pubs
- Pubs attract good crowds of people to watch, we don't always dance outside pubs, we dance where there are people to watch us.
Can I join just as a musician
- Yes by all means, we have a variety of instruments played in the Morris band. Sometimes it's just a pipe and tabor, other times we have many melodeons, a fiddle and a big drum. If you play, come along and pick up the tunes.
As a musician, would I have to read music?
- Our musicians tend to play by ear as it's much easier to play music on the move when not having to read manuscripts. However, if you would like to pick up the tunes from sheet music we can get copies.
Do you have any social events
- Our dancing is very social but we do have events during the year, the odd ceilidh, trips to interesting places (usually involves a dance when we get there).
Why do you collect money
- We like to collect money for charity and each year we choose a charity to support.
Can I book you
- Yes certainly! We do weddings and events for a small fee. Drop us a line and see if we're available.