Merry Morris men and women trot out invite to all to try traditional folk dance in Nedlands


L-R Steve Mansfield (Squire Perth Morris Men), Terry Sweet (Musician PMM), Laurel De Vietri (Dep Foreman Mad Tatters Morris) and Tom Davis (Foreman Mad Tatters Morris). The Perth Morris Men are holding a free 'come and try' session to teach the general public Morris dancing. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d478137
L-R Steve Mansfield (Squire Perth Morris Men), Terry Sweet (Musician PMM), Laurel De Vietri (Dep Foreman Mad Tatters Morris) and Tom Davis (Foreman Mad Tatters Morris). The Perth Morris Men are holding a free 'come and try' session to teach the general public Morris dancing. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d478137

ONE and all are invited to join the merry Morris men and women for a spot of traditional folk dancing.

The Perth Morris Men, Fair Maids of Perth & Sons, and Mad Tatters Morris are holding a ‘Come and try it’ event in Nedlands this weekend .

Perth Morris Men squire Steven Mansfield said the origins of Morris dancing are lost in time.

“It was primarily done by tradesmen and labourers who in earlier years would not have been able to read or write, so the history is hard to come by,” he said.

Mr Mansfield became involved with Morris dancing after seeing dancers at folk festivals.

“It’s a lot of fun and the dancing is great; a nice cold pint after a ‘stand’ (dancing performance) with a group of fellow dancers is the best,” he said.

Attendees to the upcoming free event will learn at least three dances from three different regional styles, and no prior experience is needed.

It all takes place on Sunday, January 21, from 2pm to 5pm at St Margaret’s Church Hall in Nedlands.

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