The Shrewsbury Morris Dancers aim to give local primary schools a unique opportunity to take part in stunning workshops & performances with Zulu Tradition from KwaZulu Natal in S. Africa.
About this Project
Zulu Tradition Schools Workshops and Performance
During the first week of June 2015 and leading up to the Beat & Bells event on June 6th Shrewsbury Morris have secured the opportunity for the amazing Zulu Tradition professional dance and music company to offer workshops in local schools. Along with their exciting performance Zulu Tradition is an educational company grounded firmly in the rich history and established paradigms of Zulu philosophy. For Shropshire school children this will offer wonderful opportunities to access new cultural experiences and enhance international understanding, through traditional dance, song and music. However in order to provide this opportunity we need your help as Zulu Tradition are a fully professional company and their costs will need to be covered.
Learning from the Zulus' own turbulent history of tribal war Zulu Tradition now brings a message of peace to the world. The excellent, professional cast delivers his subliminal message through drama, song and dance in quality educational performances which will be remembered for excitement, entertainment, spectacle and fun. The children involved will have an amazing experience and will have many treasured memories from these experiences.
Zulu Tradition from KwaZulu Natal to the world's stage, rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage through tradidional drama, song and dance present a superb opportunity for young people in local schools to learn about Zuly traditions and customs. Help us make this opportunity become a reality.
About The Shrewsbury Morris Dancers
The Shrewsbury Morris Dancers have been dancing in and around Shrewsbury for nearly forty years. In that time they have attracted considerable interest from local organisations, events and community activities where the team have displayed the traditional art of Morris Dancing. The team also regularly present shows and involve people in their dancing through their visits to local community groups and WIs. The Shrewsbury Morris Dancers are particularly keen in this sort of outreach work and have been involved in working in schools themselves to encourage young people to know about and understand the traditional dances of this country. Through this new project The Shrewsbury Morris Dancers are hoping to extend their outreach work with schools by giving this unique opportunity for young peope to learn more about customs, traditions and dance from a different country.
In 2014 the team were honoured, and somewhat surprised, to receive a Mayoral Award in recognition for their outstanding contribution to the community.
Shrewsbury Morris may be representing a traditional form of English dance however they are far from entrenched in the past. They have taken a keen interest in social media and now have a Twitter following of over 40,000. This is used to support local businesses and charities in helping them to promote themselves and again receives many positive comments. In 2014 The Shrewsbury Morris Dancers were recognised for their work via social media and received a Theo Paphitis #sbs award.
Over the years the team not only appear when booked but are also fast developing a reputation for staging high profile events in the town; based in the beautiful, historical setting of the town centre Square, a fantastic back drop for open air events. The team’s events always add great atmosphere to the town on that day and attract crowds of both local residents and visitors – who are all able to enjoy dance, music, and sometimes much more, for no cost.
This year the Shrewsbury Morris dancers are staging another such event on Saturday June 6th. The rhythms of the world will be sounding across the town when they host an exciting range of dancers and drummers from across the globe for a day of ‘Beat & Bells’.
Beat & Bells June 6th The Square, Shrewsbury
Zulu Tradition will be coming all the way from KwaZulu Natal in South Africa to headline the event. This young group of Zulu singers and dancers will bring a heady mix of African harmonies and high-energy, athletic dance, all traditionally costumed and with exciting drum-rhythms. They have performed at Buckingham Palace and the British Museum for Mandela Day and are in demand for events around the world.
They will be joined by Kayobi Taiko, experts in the dynamic and ancient art of Japanese taiko drumming along with Pateley Longsword who are a stunning group of longsword morris folk dancers from Yorkshire.
The line up is completed by performances from The Shrewsbury Bull and Pump Morris Men, Shrewsbury Cloggers and The Shrewsbury Lasses who, between them, bring their inimitable range of traditional dances from around Britain, as well as many newer dances they have choreographed themselves and taught around the country.
The Shrewsbury Morris Dancers are seeking additional funding via this crowdfunding project to enable them to reach out with further opportunities of taking dance and music into local schools. Some such work has been undertaken in the past and schools are always keen to engage, however Shropshire schools do find it difficult to extend their budgets to fund specialist arts activities provided by professional arts practitioners.
Shrewsbury Morris are therefore seeking your help to make this wonderful opportunity happen for local schools in and around Shrewsbury. Please donate to our project so we can turn this opportunity into reality during the first week of June - leading up to Beat & Bells. Many thanks from all of us.
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