Nov. 15th, 2015 09:17 am
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 Went to a jig workshop yesterday.  Enjoyable, but very hard work.

Morris jigs are solo dances that are a by product of Cotswold morris.  This means that they have very complex footwork and are full of terms like 'galley', 'sidestep', 'caper', 'spring caper', etc.

Here's one performed by Andrew, who ran the workshop.

Being a North West/Border/longsword dancer myself, this means I don't speak the language. I'm fine with terms that describe figures. 'Lichfield Hay', 'hay on the side', 'reel', 'right and left through', 'double under' are all in my lexicon, but they're no help in a solo dance....

Cotswold is also different in the the same dance will occur in the traditions of several villages, but will be done with slight variations in each.

Thus, you can learn to dance 'Princess Royal', but if you learn it in one style you'll be doing the back step with swinging legs, but if you then move onto the next tradition, the back step has become an odd style of shuffle.  The arm movements can undergo major changes between traditions as well.  So, not only are you trying to recall which terms mean what, you have to constantly revise the meanings as you go through several traditions in the space of two hours.

It wasn't intended as a beginner's workshop, and I certainly don't regret going, but there's a more basic session next weekend and I hope to be able to go to that as well.

After the two hour jig session, we had lunch and then several hours of Border morris.  The Border Morris dances were pretty easy ones, at least by Anonymous Morris standards.  I picked them up with no problems.

I'm knackered, but I definitely enjoyed myself.


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Judith Proctor


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