Chance to learn Morris dance for Sheffield group’s 40th anniversary

The Sheffield City Morris Men
The Sheffield City Morris Men

A day of dance will be held in Sheffield next year – to mark a milestone anniversary for the city’s morris men.

Sheffield City Morris Men turns 40 in 2015 and the group is planning to hold the event in the city centre on Saturday, June 13.

And ‘as many local dance teams as can make it’ are set to take part before the event ends with an evening ceilidh at Sheffield Cathedral.

A group spokesman said: “In 2015, Sheffield City Morris Men will be 40 years old.

“That’s 40 years of dancing, music, singing, pubs and representing Sheffield at various events around the UK and the rest of the world.”

And the group, known for its dancing with bells, sticks and handkerchiefs, has several events on its calendar before its ruby anniversary.

An exhibition illustrating the group’s history will be held at the Winter Garden in the city centre from Tuesday to Sunday, September 2 to 7.

The group will take to the streets and dance at several spots in the city centre to celebrate the exhibition on the Saturday and Sunday.

The men will also perform at the Sheffield Show in Graves Park on Monday, August 25 and the Dore Show on Saturday, September 13.

Those interested in learning how to perform the dance will be able to join a four-week have-a-go at morris course starting in September.

The spokesman said: “This course will teach participants the basics of our ‘medup’ dance tradition.

“Anyone who has ever had the tiniest inkling they would like to have a go, your time has come.”

The course will run over four Mondays, starting on September 15, from 7.45pm to 9.30pm, at the Burton Street Centre, Hillsborough, Sheffield, and costs £10 per person.