This just in from Young Miscellany:
YM 25th Anniversary
On Saturday 20th May, Young Miscellany are celebrating their 25th anniversary and we are marking the occasion with a day of dance in Harpenden when we will be joined by Gig Magog Molly, Hemlock Morris and Chiltern Hundreds who will all be performing in the town centre throughout the day. The event will include a maypole dancing display and the chance for younger members of the public to participate.
Young Miscellany is a children’s folk dancing group based in Harpenden who have been enabling children and young people to perform traditional English folk dancing for 25 years. They are regular performers at the annual “Folk by the Oak Festival” and have performed at Cecil Sharpe House, the spiritual home of English Folk Dance and Song. YM have performed all over England and abroad, and have received many plaudits from people keen to see English dancing traditions continued.
Our aim has always been to provide a safe but fun environment in which young people ( 6 to 18) can learn about England’s many different styles of traditional dance, including Cotswold, Northwest, Molly, Rapper, Border, Broom, Country/Playford, Step Clog and Maypole, all to the accompaniment of live music performed by a band consisting mainly of parents, but also some children. The benefits to our young members are huge and include: learning to work as a team; increased fitness and physical co-ordination, and helping develop confidence by performing in front of live audiences. Many of our ex members have gone on to enjoy traditional folk dancing into their adulthood.
We are always looking for new members. If any Unicorn readers know of anyone between the ages of 6 and 18 who would like to find out more, they would be welcome to one of our sessions free of charge to have a look and/or participate with no obligation. For more details, please contact us via Facebook, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 07961 853717. Our sessions usually happen on the morning of the first and third Sundays of the month in Harpenden.
We would be willing to be interviewed about this event, our activities as a group, and Morris dancing in general, which is often wrongly viewed as an activity that only older people perform!
You can contact me (Joe French, YM’s Musical director) on this email address: email@example.com, or on my mobile: 07961 853717. I also would be able to arrange an interview with one of our young members, parents and/or our leader, Lynda Swaine.
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You can also find Young Miscellany on Facebook
I look forward to hearing whether I can provide any further help or information to help you cover this positive and inspiring story on your doorstep!