What’s On and Covid-19 Guidance Update (May 2021)

It’s a strange time right now, as things start to change back from online to in-person.  For most of us it doesn’t all change back overnight, and there is a period of things changing at different times, and it can all feel a bit unsettling. 

For yours truly, some lovely online things have now come to an end, and it feels like a big “pause” before the pre-pandemic in-person activities can restart.  Let’s hope the weather is kind so we can dance and play outdoors, or go for nice walks, or just be outside to lift our spirits.

But if it’s raining, there are loads of upcoming and past online events to catch up on.

Upcoming events

Here is a selection of upcoming events.  Keep an eye on their web sites for the latest details nearer the event.

Clog & step dancing

Learn Sam Sherry’s Improvers Waltz
The Lancashire Wallopers are teaching Sam Sherry’s Improvers Waltz on Wednesday evenings 19:30-20:30 from 2nd June online over Zoom.  Please email wallopers.weekend@aol.co.uk to request the link.  More info on their public Facebook site: Lancashire Wallopers Weekend

Clog & Step Dancing Bursary opportunity
The Instep Research Team (IRT) is inviting expressions of interest by 30th June for bursary awards of £50 to £3,000 for projects related to the objectives of IRT: “To promote, maintain, improve, develop and advance public education by the encouragement of the arts of clog and step dancing through research and by the holding of workshops, conferences, events and demonstrations to encourage people to participate in the said arts”.  See More info on Bursary.

Recordings of our past events (ICYMI)

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In case you missed it, recordings of our online Talks and Workshops during lockdown are on the MF YouTube Channel

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There are three new Playlists:
– JMO Day of Dance (playlist) – Workshops in 2021 (Bacca Pipes, North West, Clog Step and Cotswold) and a slide show of the first annual JMO DoD in 2005
– Return to Dancing Fitness 2021 (playlist) – 7 session exercise programme, with ‘easy’ and ‘hard’ level options
– Winter/Spring Workshops 2020-2021 (playlist) – all the Workshops, plus these Talks all about 1 to 1.5 hours (more to follow):

Morris in the media

Other past online events (ICYMI)

In case you missed it, here is a small selection of recorded online events which include morris dancing & related activities:

Folky stuff

A small selection of folky things for your eyes and ears:

Covid-19 Guidance Update (17th May)

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A short summary of the latest guidance for England – see full details at: MF Covid-19 Guidance

Practices & Performances.  Outdoors we can now practise or perform in groups of up to 30 people, and indoors in groups of up to six people or two households.  Performances must be in line with the performing arts guidance and the events guidance for local authorities.  Multiple groups must comply with the gathering limits, and the groups kept separate.  Template Risk Assessments are provided for practices and performances.

Social distancing: although the new general rules allow us to make a personal choice on whether we continue to keep our distance from family and friends, this does not apply to morris dancing.  The guidance on the performing arts is clear that non-professionals must still adhere to social distancing.

As you start to return to practices and performances, please consider the range of feelings within your team, and also consider the general public’s perception of the morris.  Be aware of how your activities and actions come across on the media and social media, and please be kind to those who may appear to make mistakes.

Queries?  If you have any questions, or need help with completing your Risk Assessments, please contact Sally Wearing at sallywearing@outlook.com

Diary dates

2021

  • Saturday 25th September 2021 – our AGM will be held online over Zoom.  We’ve made the sad decision to cancel the Day of Dance in September with hosts Customs and Exiles, and ceilidh band The Diatonics, and thank them for all their hard work.

2022
Next year we’ll look forward to seeing you in person:

Dec 04
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Talk - "Coconut Dancing – more than just a Lancashire tradition” - Peter Bearon (LIVE on Zoom)
Dec 11
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Talk - "Morris Dolls in the Museum of British Folklore" - Simon Costin (LIVE on Zoom)
Dec 12
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Talk - "Straw Bear - 40 Years of Straw & String" - Brian Kell (LIVE on Zoom)
Apr 09
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Joint Morris Organisations' Day of Dance 2022 (Liverpool)
Sep 24
All day
Morris Federation Day of Dance and AGM 2022 (Darlington)

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