Morris dancing is an embarrassing British tradition that should be let go

According to a recent report from the Independent, young people are too embarrassed to join the British tradition of Morris dancing, and the activity could be extinct within 20 years. Morris dancing is a folk tradition that has been alive in Britain since the 15th century and typically involves traditional costume and the waving of handkerchiefs. Some would argue this is unneccesary and, frankly, embarrassing, whilst others would argue we need to preserve relics of culture such as this.

Morris dancing is an embarrassing British tradition that should be let go

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People should find more relevant hobbies

It seems that now more than ever people have very little free time, and the free time they do have, they feel should be spent productively. There is a strong argument that people's evenings and weekends should be spent bettering themselves through education or helping others through volunteering. Morris dancing is no longer a form of entertainment for the masses, as we have come a long way from gathering on the village green. Thus it no longer serves a very useful purpose and should be consigned to the annals of history whilst its participants are encouraged to take up pursuits more relevant to modern society.

The purpose of hobby and leaisure time is to give ourselves a break from the rigours of our daily routine and do something that fulfills us and makes us happy. For many this is just sitting on the sofa and watching television, which is fine, but it could be argued that Morris Dancing is a more productive use of our spare time as it encourages excercise, travel and socialising.

Morris dancing is an embarrassing British tradition that should be let go

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If people do not want to Morris dance, it has naturally not shown itself to be popular enough to survive.

Britain's youth is changing. Morris dancing has been around for centuries, and the culture in Britain is such that it is not a popular activity for teenagers. The natural fact is that if people do not want to Morris dance, it is an activity that deserves to die out. In terms of recreational activities it really is a case of Darwinian survival of the fittest and with Wii's, Sky Plus and a plethora of sports leagues there is a lot of very strong competition.

Parents really ought to be spending time engaging with their children rather than encouraging them to sit in rooms playing with their virtual friends in virtual worlds. We need to guide the next generation and interest them in the world around us. People who think that Morris Dancing is old fashioned and should be forgotten clearly have not encountered the full range of the tradition, which includes sticks, swords and live music. It is a hobby which any one can do of any age and it requires coordination and cooperation it contains elements of danger you can do it any where even in a power cut! Most importantly it is Real, it's about inter acting with real people and objects and working together to produce something you can all be proud of.

Morris dancing is an embarrassing British tradition that should be let go

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Interest in Morriss dancing has waxed and waned over the years as trends have changed

Just becuase something is out of fashion and thus 'embarassing' now does not mean it will always be or has always been. Morris dancing has experienced two revivals - one at the end of the Victorian era and one in the 1960's so there is no reason to assume it will die out completely in the 21st Century.

Morris dancing is an embarrassing British tradition that should be let go

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It's part of our heritage

Only in England would be see such a headline. Other European countries are proud of their traditional dances. All I can say to these idiotic young people is "If you don't like our traditions, leave the country".

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