Some say the only people interested in English Folk are getting on a bit. If so, nobody seems to have told Young Miscellany! For 25 years, YM have been providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn about, practice, and perform English Traditional Folk Dance.
Most Folk dancing groups concentrate on a particular style, but YM’s aim is to cover a wide variety of dances and regions, including: traditional Morris “stick dancing” from the Cotswolds; Border Morris from the English-Welsh border; Clog Morris from the Northwest; Molly dancing from the Fens; Step Clog from the Lancashire and Durham area; Rapper sword dancing from the Northeast, Maypole dancing, Country Dancing, and Broom dancing from Devon. We take the view that a young person should be given a broad view of the whole menu before they can make an informed choice about what they may want to pursue later. Many a “grown-up” dancing side has been buttressed by former YM members!
The group rehearses two Sundays a month in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, and is open to all children and young people from 6yrs upwards. As well as a chance to make friends and have fun, our young people keep fit, learn new skills and find out about folk traditions in a very practical way.
We perform at a variety of events and festivals throughout the country, and we also have the occasional trip abroad, and reciprocate with invitations for them to come back to us.
We are always happy to welcome new members, so if anyone is interested, please ring Lynda Swaine on 01707-324413. Please also look at our website – www.youngmiscellany.co.uk (Fb: Young Miscellany)