Beverley Garland Dancers will be holding free taster sessions in February as they look to give people a chance to try out Morris dancing.
The group say no experience is needed, they hope people will come along and bring with them some enthusiasm coupled with a desire to have fun and stay fit and try out clog Morris dancing.
A popular group, Beverley Garland Dancers are well known locally appearing a range of events that are staged in the town brining colour and entertainment to the streets.
Dancers are regularly seen participating at events including the Beverley Folk Festival where they take to the streets and dance for shoppers.
A great way to stay fit, Morris dancing has been part of UK culture for centuries, it is thought to have originated from in the European courts of the fifteenth century.
Dancers wear colourful, fairly elaborate costumes with pendant sleeves and attached bells. Very little is known about the dances however they have been two types, a solo dance, and a dance in a circle around.
The Beverley Garland Dancers were formed in 1977 as “Middleton Garland Dancers and Longsword Team”, adopting the current name in 1986.
They perform garland and stick dances from Lancashire and Cheshire along with clog dances from Lancashire and Cumberland with the occasional hankie and bobbin dance thrown in.
Their current kit is a royal blue underdress with lighter blue overdress edged in red to represent the traditional millworkers clothing.
Taking place on Thursday evenings on the 1, 8, 15, 22 February, Beverley Garland Dancers taster sessions are open to all ladies over the age of 16.
The sessions will be held in the King’s Church Hall, Swinemoor Lane from 7.45PM to 9.45PM.
For more information or to learn about the Beverley Garland Dancers please visit ww.beverleygarlanddancers.co.uk