Small but perfectly formed…

With most of the side off on their holibobs a small but perfectly formed  group of dancers and musicians represented Phoenix at this year’s St Albans Folk Day. With only 6 dancers we were limited in our repertoire but made up for it by debuting 4 person versions of 6 person dances!

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All in all it was another great day and Phoenix did themselves proud, finishing off with a lively ‘Three Musketeers’ outside St Albans Abbey.

Thanks again to our hosts,  St Albans Morris for having us!

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Wonderful wednesday

Wednesday was a busy day for Phoenix. In the afternoon a group of us went to a local primary school to teach ‘A class some Morris dancing… turned out there were 300 of them! It was a great afternoon though and feedback from the school is that the kids are now making up their own dances 🙂

In the evening we danced at The Feathers in Ricmkansworth to celebrate Rickyweek here in Rickmansworth.  A good warm up for our weekend dancing at the Rickmansworth waterways festival this weekend!

Bank holiday frivolity!

Phoenix had a fantastic May Day bank holiday weekend with not one but two dance outs!

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First up – our annual trip to Richester Sweeps. The sun was shining and everyone was in high spirits.  We danced with some fantastic sides and  generally had a great time.

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On Monday we joined our friends Baldock Midnight Morris at the May fair in Pirton. Another beautiful day.  We especially enjoyed finishing up with a joint Balance the Straw.

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An arch of sticks

The sun may not have been shining but the mood  definitely wasn’t dampened last Saturday at side members Kate and Paul’s wedding.

Phoenix were there to celebrate the happy couple with an arch of sticks outside the church followed by a performance at the drinks reception. FB_IMG_1524985106672

We debuted a brand new dance written especially for the occasion by our Foreman, Sue. Marriage Lines to the tune of ‘Haste to the wedding’. Kate joined in and managed to get through without falling over her dress.

 

A fantastic day. Congratulations to Kate and Paul!

Fun at Oxford Folk Weekend

Another fantastic folk weekend for Phoenix. We started off at the Botanical gardens, a brand new spot – a lovely place for dancing and some good audiences. 20180421_120540.jpg

At the second spot on Cornmarket, Steve made his Phoenix debut, performing Bluebells and Lads with great applomb!

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Our last spot was on Bonn Square where we finished with our very own Batchworth stick which went remarkably well despite at least one dancer being in a new position!

Another great day!

Phoenix are proud new members of the Morris Ring

Over the past couple of weeks there has been a bit of a buzz in the Morris world after the Morris Ring voted to change  their constitution, allowing women to become members for the first time.

Following this momentous news, Phoenix have decided to join the Ring making us not only the newest ring members but also the first side in the World to be members of Morris Ring, Morris Federation and Joint Morris Organisation. 2017-10-23 23.01.34

Phun with Phoenix at the ceilidh

FB_IMG_1518509845978Phoenix had a great time dancing the interval spot at the annual Rickmansworth Waterways Trust ceilidh last Saturday. Despite a couple of slips on the slippery floor, Phoenix carried on to put on a great show.

Everyone had a lot of laughs ceilidh dancing the rest of the evening away with ‘Threadneedle’ and fun calling by Martin Lindridge.

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