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Taster sessions - see you there?!

Ever fancied Morris dancing but were too shy to ask?

Here's your chance to have a go at Morris dancing.

HuMP runs taster session workshops for everyone to find out about Morris dancing.

It's a great evening out. As we're a mixed side, both men and women are welcome so bring your other half along if you would like. Or come on your own or with a friend.

Whatever, you are guaranteed a super-friendly HuMP-type welcome.

Don't worry if you have never done it before. Most people who come along have never tried it before so you won't be alone.

We always teach dances that are well within the reach of the average beginner. After all, we want you to have fun.

Free and much more fun than the gym

Our taster sessions cost nothing! Yes, nothing! So much cheaper than the gym and very much more fun.

We will ply you with delicious home-made cakes, tea and coffee at half time. Then at the end we'll invite you to the pub.

Where and when to have your taste

The sessions will be on Thursdays, September 23 and 30, at 8pm at Hurst Village Hall, School Road, Hurst RG10 0DR.

Please let us know if you would like to come: phone 07971 159293 or email

We're asking everyone to please take a covid lateral flow test, with a negative result, before they come.

Taster sessions are enormous fun, says Phillipa

Phillipa described her first experience of morris dancing:

"Coming to the taster sessions was enormous fun. The HuMP members were so friendly and welcoming.

"There were no expectations as to my ability, or lack of it, and I was just encouraged to join in.

"No-one wanted to know my age, my job, where I was from, it was simply people getting together to share a common interest - a pleasant change from what often happens when joining a new group.

"I can clearly remember laughing so much I had tears in my eyes when attempting some of the dances. Having the chance to try something new, eat homemade cake and listen to great live music was enough to make me decide that this is what I wanted to do."

Phillipa is now a regular dancer with the side.

HuMP taster sessions at Hurst Village Hall have a vital ingredient - lots of laughs

Phillipa, left, dancing with Mary

Why I joined HuMP, by Keith

Morris dancing is one of the few purely English traditions. I joined HuMP because I wanted to participate in such a curious and often maligned activity. I also found I had joined a very sociable and friendly group of people.

As a beginner there is quite a bit to learn but you don't do it all at once! It is easy to make a start and you are soon doing some dances.

I enjoy the practice season (September to April) where we try to improve each week. The teaching team are really helpful and encouraging.

In the summer we dance out at pubs and also festivals and fetes. This can be a little daunting at first but is really the most enjoyable part. You do not have to be ultra fit but there is no doubt that morris dancing is of necessity quite energetic and is a really great form of exercise.