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Wallsend Explorers attempt Morris Dancing

posted 6 May 2010, 05:43 by Ben Hudson
The Wallsend Explorers would like to extend their thanks to the Monkseaton Morrismen who have for the past two weeks been doing their best to teach the Explorer some rather complex Morris Dances.

During the first week, the Explorers split into two teams of eight to have a go at a Yorkshire Long Sword dance.

The second week we progressed to a more local 'Walbottle 5 Sword' rapper dance using flexable 'Rapper' Swords.

Over the course of the evening three teams of five mastered steps called 'The nut' , 'The Rose' and 'The Ring' moving on to 'The Roll' and 'The Needle'. Some members of the Unit even attempted the somersault!

After we had had a go, the proffesionals gave us a demonstration of what lots of dedication and practise can lead to and showed us how to do it at speed - hurtling around the Scout hut at a frightening pace!

All the Explorers really enjoyed the last two weeks and threw themselves into it - only afterwards did they realise how much hard work was involved.

Once again thanks to all the Morris men for giving up their time to show us the ropes! We all had great time - hopefully you may see a few of us at practice in the future!

For more information about the Monkseaton Morris Men, please visit their website.