Put on your dancing shoes

PEOPLE are being encouraged to put on their dancing shoes for special tuition.

Morpeth’s own Clock Tower Cloggies, set up by the Morpeth Gathering, specialise in the Northumberland and Durham clog dance style, but on Saturday they are running a workshop for anyone interested in learning a different technique – the Appalachian clog style from America.

Funding for the event comes from a BBC Performing Arts Fund donation to run taster sessions and masterclasses during the year.

Already some sessions have taken place to introduce local youngsters to their dancing heritage, both in schools and with the county’s traditional music group, the Northumbrian Ranters, in collaboration with Northumberland Creative and Performing Arts.

The photograph shows one such session run by tutors Anne Walton (pictured, front) of Clock Tower Cloggies and Kathleen Brown of Addison Rapper and Clog.

The free session will take place from 1pm to 5pm at St Robert’s Church Hall, Oldgate. Those attending are advised to take hard flat or tap shoes.

During the Morpeth Gathering itself, which runs from April 13 to 15, there will also plenty of opportunities to join in with healthy dance activities, or just to watch members of various dance teams.

Full details will be provided in the colour programme brochure, available in libraries and tourist information centres, or from www.northumbriana.org.uk