Orange Ruffies dance group looking for new members

BE THERE WITH BELLS ON: Orange Ruffies Morris dancers Fiona and Kate Hill, Kenneth Smith and Paul Kelly practice for their performance on Sunday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
BE THERE WITH BELLS ON: Orange Ruffies Morris dancers Fiona and Kate Hill, Kenneth Smith and Paul Kelly practice for their performance on Sunday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

IF you’re looking for a fun pastime, experience the bells and whistles of life as a Morris dancer.

There were groups of women that kept traditions going. Without women, Morris dancing wouldn't exist today.

Kenneth Smith

The Orange Ruffies is currently looking for new members.

Orange Ruffie Kate Hill said the dance had many different variations.

“We dance the Cottswald Morris,” Ms Hill said.

“The style of dance depends on the region it comes from.”

Orange Ruffie member Kenneth Smith said the dance had a colourful history.

“It almost died out completely around the first World War,” Mr Smith said.

“There were groups of women that kept traditions going.

“Without women, Morris dancing wouldn’t exist today.”

Morris dancers have the opportunity to travel the country and the world, performing with other members of the Morris community at festivals and markets.

The group will perform at the Newbridge Winter Solstice Festival in Blayney every hour from 12pm to 5pm on Sunday.

Call 0411 364 349 or visit the group on Facebook for more information.