Offington Roundabout

Today, a group of 8 Worthing Larks met at Downsbrook so that we could learn a dance the Squire had written for the Side called Offington Roundabout. The dance is named after an actual roundabout in the Worthing area and also takes inspiration directly from road layouts, including figures such as Crossroads, Mini Roundabouts andContinue reading “Offington Roundabout”

What a Lark!

For the last week the Bag has secretly been slaving over her sewing machine to produce a Lark costume for the Side to use as our Beast mascot when out and about, and tonight surprised everyone at practice by turning up wearing it. What a lark! The Squire, in on the surprise, was ready withContinue reading “What a Lark!”

Sunday Practice Success!

With further lifting of restrictions on the horizon and the idea of everyone meeting as a group again soon to be a reality, the Worthing Larks have been practicing very hard to prepare ourselves for our first dance out of the year, for which planning is underway. Today we had two practice sessions of 6Continue reading “Sunday Practice Success!”

Larks and Downsbrook

Since Sompting Larks changed from being a youth Side to a fully mixed Morris Side in the summer of 2019, we have been meeting weekly at Downsbrook Primary School (https://www.downsbrook.org/Welcome/) in Broadwater, Worthing to practice dancing. Prior to the pandemic we would meet in the school hall on a Tuesday evening, but once restrictions cameContinue reading “Larks and Downsbrook”

Lilongwe comes to Worthing…

Today, after having previously shelved our Lilongwe (Malawi) tradition dances due to social distancing and Covid-19, we rekindled our passion for them with a dedicated practice session for two bubbles of dancers and another of musicians. These dances, performed in single steps with interesting figures such as Bonfire and Wigwams, and the unique Dulwich Hey,Continue reading “Lilongwe comes to Worthing…”

Badges all round!

Today, despite the intermittent spells of rain, we had an extremely productive socially-distanced, outdoor practice with 2 bubbles of dancers and one bubble of musicians. We managed to get through 4 of our core dances and even try out a new one, all in an hour and a half, with lots of the Side earningContinue reading “Badges all round!”

They’ve Fledged!

Today we had the privilege of promoting two of our Apprentices to fully fledged Larks and rewarding them with their braces, as they have each mastered 5 of our core dances. Despite the challenges of practicing through lockdown via Zoom, then outside in the fading light and elements, they have both stuck with us throughContinue reading “They’ve Fledged!”