Malkin Morris awarded grant for portable Maypole

photo of Malkin Morris - youngest and oldest members
Malkin Morris – youngest and oldest members

Malkin Morris, based in Roughlee near Pendle, Lancashire, have been awarded a grant by The Morris Federation for the purchase of a portable Maypole to be used to teach maypole dancing in schools.

Malkin Morris specialises in researching, performing and promoting the dances and tunes of Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. They offer workshops to schools and community organisations on north west processional morris clog dance, step dance, and local tunes.

In particular, Burnley has its own maypole songs.

For more information on the team see: Malkin Morris

Grant for East Sussex Schools Dance Festival

East Sussex Schools Dance Festival (ESSDF) has been awarded a grant from The Morris Federation towards provision of tutors to teach morris dancing in May 2020.

The tutors will teach morris dancing at a number of primary schools in East Sussex, with a combined day of activities for participating children at Plumpton Race Course.

The Festival day on 20th May 2020 will involve morris-related activity in the morning, and performances by the participating children in the afternoon.  The festival aims to get young children actively engaged with the Morris and traditions, including Morris, Molly, Maypole and social dancing, and raise awareness amongst children and their parents of the active dance community and local sides.

The team of tutors will be dancers and musicians of Brighton Morris Men, The Knots of May, Chanctonbury Ring Morris MenLong Man Morris Men, and Traditional Arts Development.

Financial support has been provided by: The Morris Federation, The Morris Ring, EFDSS, Ashdown Morris, Brighton Morris, Chanctonbury Ring Morris, Cuckoos Nest Morris, Temporary Measured, The Orchard Project, Longman Morris, Mish Mash Morris, Ditchling Morris, plus individual sponsors.

For more information on the East Sussex Schools Dance Festival see: ESSDF

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