Hebden Bridge Hill Millies Morris – Day of Dance

Hebden Bridge Hill Millies Morris – Day of Dance
Sunday, 4 May

Hebden Bridge
Rainbow made their way by bus, car and train to join Hebden Bridge Hill Millies Morris in celebrating their 10th Birthday. We enjoyed dancing with them and the other invited teams – Alton Border Morris, Bacup Cloggers and Leeds Morris Men. The weather was kind, the town was busy, thanks to the Beer Festival, Farmers Market and morris dancers, and the day was very enjoyable.

We danced in St George Square and at the Marina. Our request for children to join us in our Festival Frolic was most successful, as always.

Saddleworth Clog and Garlands Day of Dance, Uppermill


Saturday 5 April – Saddleworth Clog and Garlands Day of Dance, Uppermill

Saddleworth was our first dance out of the season. It was good meeting up and dancing with both the women’s and men’s teams of the area. The weather didn’t dim our spirits – it just meant we extended our time in a local pub! Here it was interesting talking to Saddleworth Morris Men about their involvement in teaching Northern Broadsides to morris dance for their play “An August Bank Holiday Lark”. As a group Rainbow Morris subsequently went to see the play at West Yorkshire Playhouse later in the month. It was an outstanding experience set around the time of World War One,with fantastic music and dancing and real emotion. That was a good evening out together.

Amounderness Ladies Day of Dance, Chorley


 Saturday, 26 April 2014

Amounderness Ladies Day of Dance, Chorley
Chorley trip
Making an early start, we boarded the hired minibus in Shipley and made our way to Chorley, with our musicians, Ted and Terry, sharing the driving.  On arrival, it was good to meet up with the other participating teams and enjoy refreshments in the local church hall before making our way to the first of six dance spots in Chorley, a bustling and busy market town.

Following an excellent sandwich lunch back at the church hall, during the afternoon we continued to dance around the town, where we shared spots with North West morris sides, cloggers, Appalachian dancers and tribal belly dancers, culminating in a get together for all teams for the showcase Finale.

Back at the church hall, we took advantage of the delicious cakes provided by our excellent hosts before it was time to make our way back to Shipley, tired but happy.