August 09, 2014

Pagan Pride, Nottingham

Our latest dance event took us to Robin Hood country, to historic Nottingham for the Pagan Pride which took place in the beautifully manicured Arboretum Park.  Held annually on the first Sunday of August, this event is funded solely from public donations and fundraising events and attracts thousands of Pagans and non-pagans alike for a day of celebrations through live music, dance, arts, crafts, food and drink and of course networking opportunities.

The dance stage was hosted by the lovely ladies of Black Peacock Bellydance (thank you ladies for your warm welcome!) and was made up of belly, fusion, Blacksheep Bellydance and ATS® tribal as well as the local Way of the Wyrd Border Morris dancers.  Of note is the fact that I did NOT snooze on the way up there ..... however, I could not resist a shut eye on the way back home :-)

Report by Rita

The Summer Oxford Art Fair, North Hinksey, Oxford

The Oxford Summer Art Fair is the largest open air gallery in Oxfordshire, and it was a real pleasure to dance there amongst such fine, creational people.  We were surrounded by artists galore and stalls housing all manner of paintings, sculptures, jewellery etc, and the setting couldn't have been any finer than The Fishes in the delightful village of North Hinksey.  We even had some sketches made of us as we danced!

Many thanks Joelle for the warm hospitality, and we're definitely looking forward to future collaborations!

August 06, 2014

Swan Upping - Nags Head, Abingdon

Almost ....... almost by Royal appointment - this was certainly one of our highlights on this years events calendar - dancing on Nag's island in the middle of the Thames - perfect setting!

We were invited to join Mr Hemming's Morris dancers to perform at the Royal Swan Upping at the Nags Head, Abingdon, where we danced for a very appreciative audience and team of swan uppers who'd been hard at work all week, counting and tagging swans.  Along with so many, many people basking in the humid evening sun, the beer flowed, darkness fell and the lightening lit up the darkening sky making a beautiful backdrop over the river, and when the soft rain fell, we sheltered under the huge umbrellas, still sipping our drinks, thankful for the cooler air and watched the rain fall into the Thames.

Thank you Les, for once again inviting us to share the stage with you all.

Yep, truly a glorious evening!