Questions - Kern Morris of Durham

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Kern Morris have been dancing since 1986 and are based in Durham, England.  We have always been a side of mixed gender, age and experience.  Each person is a valued member and more are welcome!

ABOUT
Kern Morris have been dancing since 1986 and are based in Durham, England.  We have always been a side of mixed gender, age and experience.  Each person is a valued member and more are welcome!
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Here we have tried to answer any questions you may  have about Kern Morris and Morris dancing. If you have a question which  isn't answered here, please contact us and we'll answer it for you.
    
What is Morris dancing?
Morris dancing is a form of traditional  English folk dancing. No one really knows where it came from, but it was  performed centuries ago and has been ever since. There are English  records mentioning the Morris Dance  dating back to 1448 and dances with  similar features are mentioned in  Renaissance documents in France,  Italy and Spain.
    
What are the sticks/bells/sashes for?  
No one can be sure, but it has been suggested  that Morris dancing is of Pagan origin, as part of ancient fertility  rites, and that the bells, fluttering handkerchiefs, and clashing sticks  served as the means to scare away malevolent spirits.
    
Who can be a member of Kern Morris?
Kern Morris is open to people of all ages and,  as a mixed side, accepts both men and women.  Kern also has musicians  as members who play traditional instruments rather than, or as well as,  dancing.
    
Do I have to pay to be a member of Kern Morris?
We make a small charge for  attending practice  sessions towards our funds. However, we don't charge anyone who hasn't  been before, so you can come along to see if you like it without paying.
    
What does the contribution pay for?
The money you pay at each practice session  pays for the cost of hiring the building where we practice, which is  currently Elvet Methodist Church Hall, and refreshments in the middle of  the session.
    
Does Kern get paid for bookings?
Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't. If we do get paid the money might subsidise a future event.
CONTACT

T: 0191 375 0646

E: philweb018@gmail.com

T: 0191 451 3506

E: carolaattewell@gmail.com

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