Hemlock Morris Dancers seek new members

Hemlock Morris dancers
Hemlock Morris dancers (photo credit: Asan Tu)

If you’re looking for a new challenge for the new decade, then Hemlock Morris Dancers would love to hear from you.

Formed 10 years ago in Bedford, Hemlock is a mixed Morris side, featuring male and female dancers. In the last year, the team have danced at the Tower of London, The Rochester Sweeps Festival, The Winchester Hat Fair and The Strawberry Fair in Cambridge.

“We have even taught Morris dancing to a visiting University tour of contemporary dance students from Texas,” said Hemlock’s Jon Bishop.

Hemlock Morris dance and entertain at a variety of gigs through out the year, including dancing up the sun in Ampthill Great Park on May Day (1 May) to traditional dances at Silsoe High Street on Boxing day.

Hemlock Morris dancers (photo credit: Assan Tu)
Hemlock Morris dancers (photo credit: Asan Tu)

They can be seen around Bedford town centre a couple of times a year and will be performing at this year’s River festival.

“We love to encourage some new members to join,” said Jon. “We currently practice in the Ent Shed at the Gordon Arms on Castle Road every Monday evening at 8pm.

“We are holding a couple of ‘come and try morris dancing’ sessions on January the 20th and 27th and everyone’s welcome.

“Morris dancing is good for both physical fitness and mental wellbeing, most importantly it is fun. You get to visit and dance in iconic locations and entertain people.

“Our website is Hemlock Morris.com and we can be found on Facebook and Instagram and there is plenty of footage of us dancing on YouTube.”

The taster sessions are on Monday 20th and 27th of January in the Ent shed at the Gordon Arms from 8pm. For further information people can contact them at hemlockcommitee@gmail.com

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