The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

The Jigs Instructional and Cotswold Morris Workshop

The Jigs Instructional and Cotswold Morris Workshop

Event date: 
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 18:00 to Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 15:00

The Morris Ring invites you to participate in the 41st Jigs Instructional and Cotswold Morris Workshop, under the direction of Geoff Jerram of Winchester Morris Men. It’s a unique experience for just about every Morris dancer out there: young or old, newly launched or hugely experienced. You’ve never been before? Read on, read on...

This weekend of high-quality dance coaching will give depth to your understanding and performance of the Cotswold Morris in general and the rich variety of its jigs in particular. The highly experienced, friendly teachers draw upon a contrasting selection of traditional jigs as a convenient vehicle for instruction, but the skills you acquire are equally applicable to dancing in sets of six or eight. Not only will your improved dancing afford a heightened personal sense of gratification, but your side’s overall standard of presentation will almost certainly benefit from your enhanced verve, vigour and vivacity [T&Cs apply].

And for devotees of the Cotswold Jig, it’s an opportunity to socialise with like-minded practitioners, refine your artistry and challenge yourself by tackling some of the epic single-handers under masterful guidance.

Places are strictly limited, so sign up pronto via the online form.

Who’s it for?

  • The novice dancer: you’ve conquered the double-step and now you’re looking to make even more progress by studying with the pros. Getting to grips with a jig or two will build your self-assurance, range and technique, and you’ll return to your own club with a new range of accomplishments.
  • The seasoned campaigner: you’ll come away with the confidence to dance jigs, but even if you choose never to perform solo, your dance technique will get a thorough overhaul. Think Morris, think MOT!
  • The advanced practitioner: you know (or think you know) all the tricks, but you’d really like to bring out your absolute best – and you’d love to learn some great jigs to showcase your expertise.

This event offers parallel streams for improver and advanced participant alike, plus sessions for less experienced dancers. It all happens in Sutton Bonington (between Loughborough and Derby).

We offer

  • EXPERT and PATIENT instruction
  • COSY indoor camping (including showers)
  • REALLY GOOD food from Friday supper to Sunday lunch
  • DELICIOUS beer for the Feast
  • CONVIVIAL company and a PUB with an abundance of MUSIC and SONG.

The cost of this astonishing event is £55 per person (£40 if under 19). However, pay before midnight on December 29th and the cost will be just £50! What's more, a £10 “cash back” is available if you’ve never participated in a Morris Ring Jigs Instructional, with £5 on offer if you’ve attended that event just once before.

(Apply after the event via your Morris Ring side’s bagman; you must pay the full fee at the time of booking.)

Places are strictly limited, so sign up pronto via the online form.

You can also book through your side’s Bagman.

The Occasional Bagman, Tony Foard, will be pleased to answer your questions (0151 334 4566 or jigsinstructional [at] themorrisring.org). We look forward to welcoming you to this unsurpassed adventure!