Morris dancing at the Retreat

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There was once a time when dancing could get you ‘hangit’ but there will be no such difficulty for the fine Morris dancers who will be performing in Glenesk on Sunday, September 25 from 2 pm.

The Banchory Ternan Morris Men and the Raggie Morrisons of Aberdeen will be at The Glenesk Retreat to demonstrate some dances.

Formed in 1973, The Morris Men enjoy both English and Scottish Morris dances, taking in ‘Cotswold’ styles as well as ‘Border’ and ‘Rapper’ sword dances.

Wearing their traditional crossed sashes (Baldricks) and bells (to keep the beat) they will present old and new dances. They will also show off dances developed from fragments of those lost in the 16th and 17th centuries, when such wild abandon could result in harsh punishment.

The Raggie Morrisons were established in 1994 and specialise in North of England clog dancing Morris, they are also the only group to present North West Morris and garland dances.

Angus Whitson, volunteer at The Glenesk Retreat, said: “The Banchory Morris Men and Raggie Morrison’s often appear together so our event will run along those successful lines.

“Dancing will start at 2pm and both groups will demonstrate a variety of their dances. They have wonderful names such as ‘skirmish’ which is a sword dance and ‘Queen’s Delight’ which was created for Queen Victoria.

“There will be opportunities for audience participation and even for a quick lesson. The event will last about an hour and a half.

“This will be their first visit to Glenesk and we are delighted they are coming.”

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