Take a dose of recently collected local material, mix it with the ideas of a modern dance team and you have Rattlejag!
Rattlejag Morris is a mixed dance side formed in January 2002 with the aim of reviving and developing a dance tradition based in our own local area. Using recently collected material from East Yorkshire as a starting point and also our own material from local research into dancing in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire we have set out to revive and then develop our own locally based dance tradition.
We perform broom dances, bacca pipe dances and sword dances amongst many others which are unique to our group and we are continually developing new dances .
We use many local tunes rarely heard or music written to suit a particular dance. Our signature dance is the Holderness Rattle.
A CHANCE TO DANCE RATTLEJAG MORRIS!
OPEN EVENING ON MONDAY 26TH JANUARY 2015. Pop in and join us at our practice night at Grove St Methodist Church Hall, Retford, DN22 6LB from 8.30 pm.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a morris dancer or musician? What does it all mean? Morris dancing is an important part of English heritage going back hundreds of years – and we like the idea of keeping that alive and kicking in the 21st century. We have created our dances and music out of material discovered in East Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. But mainly we dance because we enjoy it! We like the lively company and the places we get to go to and we do get to keep fit in a nice way! Some of us like playing the music too. If you’re curious, love music or dance, are a student, professional, young or old, come along and meet us - give the dancing a try, learn about the music or come and enjoy our company. You will be sure of a good welcome. For info contact Jayne on firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris on 01636 821714.
The Rattlejag musicians have an audio CD of our music.
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Bill, our latest recruit - thanks to Sam Millard