What's involved in being a member of the Ironmen and Severn Gilders?
We practice most Monday evenings in separate theatre studios at Telford Langley Academy, Duce Street, Dawley for 2 hours - usually 8pm to 10pm, and in the winter the Severn Gilders also hold optional additional practices for those available on Sunday afternoons 2pm to 4pm to work on new dances, or to get newer members up to speed. Morris dancing is great for developing aerobic fitness as well as coordination, agility and memory. Non-dancing members of the band come along to practice sessions so that we can dance to live music. The teams are managed by the Squires and the dancers are led by the Foreman of the team; both roles are carried out by experienced dancers.
Dancers who have reached a satisfactory level in at least one dance are helped to get their kit together and then start 'dancing out' at events. Dancers gradually build their competence in different dances during the winter practice seasons helped by the more experienced dancers.
We have opportunities to dance at events all year round. Here are some of the events we participated in during our 2016-17 dance season:
- Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Shropshire
- Festival at the Edge, Shropshire
- Upton Folk Festival, Worcestershire
- Shepley Folk Festival, Yorkshire
- Wychwood Day of Dance, Worcester
- The Shropshire Woodland Trust's Apple Day
- Ironbridge Heritage Festival
- Dudmaston Christmas Fayre,
- Blists HIll Christmas Fayre
- Boxing Day and New Year's Day Fancy Dress dancing on the Ironbridge in support of our charities
- Madeley Community Orchard Wassail
- Wellington Charter Day
Our club social activities include our annual Christmas social, after practice gatherings in the local pub and hosted events where we invite other teams to dance with us. We also nominate a charity each year and donate any money raised at dance outs to good causes.