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Morris dancers in Leicester for national Day of Dance

Published on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

HUNDREDS of Morris dancers will be in Leicester this weekend for a celebration of traditional dancing.

On Saturday (13 May), the Leicester Morrismen will host the annual Joint Morris Organisation Day of Dance, which is held at a different city each year.

Around 800 dancers from more than 60 different Morris sides will take part at 19 venues across the city centre.

They’ll be performing different styles of Morris dancing, including Cotswold, Border, North West, Long and Rapper Sword and step clog styles.

Charlie Corcoran from the Leicester Morrismen said: “We’re honoured and delighted to be hosting this event, which will showcase different styles of traditional dancing for people to enjoy.

“We perform Cotswold-style dancing in the summer months, which is what most people think of when they think of Morris dancing – with sticks and hankies. In the winter, we switch to become ‘Red Leicester’ and dance in the Border style, painting our faces red.

“The Day of Dance will see hundreds of dancers in Leicester, demonstrating some of the different types of Morris dance. It’ll be a great atmosphere for visitors to the city centre.”

Dances will take place at regular intervals from 10am onwards, at venues including Jubilee Square, Town Hall Square, Magazine Square, Market Street, New Walk, Granby Street, the Clock Tower area and Orton Square in the Cultural Quarter.

There’s also a chance for children to have a go at Morris dancing at a lunchtime workshop. Visit www.jmodayofdance.com for more details.

City centre director Sarah Harrison said: “There’s always something to see and do in Leicester, and we really look forward to welcoming Morris dancers from up and down the country to our city.

“We’re very proud of our 2,000-year history, so it’s fitting that the Morris dancers are coming to Leicester for their day of dance.

“Bringing celebrations like these into our public spaces, for residents and visitors to enjoy, is a great way of keeping these cultural traditions alive.”

For more information, visit  www.jmodayofdance.com

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