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SALFORD STAR MEETS SALFORD STARS MORRIS TROUPE
 

Star date: 24th October 2011

SALFORD STARS

Salford Stars Morris Troupe, based in Lower Broughton, is currently piling up trophies and becoming the best young crew in the county.

The Salford Star met the Salford Stars and discovered that this isn't trad morris dancing as we know it…

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Salford Stars Morris Troupe
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There's no old men dressed in silly costumes, prancing around in circles and  bashing sticks above their heads. This is morris dancing, modern style. And judging by the amount of young people crammed into St Boniface's Social Club in Lower Broughton last Thurdsay night, it's never been as popular.

"We've got forty people on our books in every age up to thirty, including my son who is 13" says Salford Stars trainer, Gillian Rowlands above the loud r' n' b background of Ne-Yo's Beautiful Monsters. It's all a far cry from some Lancashire, finger in yer ear folk dirge.

"This is morris dancing but it's nothing like the traditional dancing – there's no bells around their ankles or sticks or anything" adds Gillian "We do have bells on our thumbs and shakers now. This morris dancing has been going for years, before I was born, so it is traditional now."

The Salford Stars Morris Troupe started in Charlestown almost thirty ago and now takes part in competitions all over the North West. This year alone, the troupe has won an incredible eight trophies at the younger end of Greater Manchester Morris Dancing Association (GMMDA) competitions, which places the Salford troupe as the best in the county. But as well as winning dance-offs, the Stars has a wider role too…

"We do it both to gets the kids out, and for parents to meet other parents" says Gillian, who herself was a morris dancer when she was little.

"You work hard, keep fit and it can get you somewhere" she adds "We've had a few girls who have gone on from here to college to do dance and have come out with degrees. It's an achievement for them, and I'm happy for every one of them."

Anyone can join the Salford Stars Morris Troupe which meets on Tuesday and Thurday nights 6-8pm at St Boniface's Social Club, Lower Broughton Road. It's only £1 per night.
For further details phone St Boniface's on 0161 792 4336.

* On Friday 28th October St Boniface's is also holding a Spooky Halloween Party from 6pm onwards for all ages. There's hot food and spooky music and it's only £1 per person entry.

 

 

 

thelma mcgrail wrote
at 9:07:41 AM on Tuesday, January 27, 2015
i am looking for morris dancers for the st,georges day parade in manc,thi is on sunday 26th april,,we will of course pay a fee,,the parade is approx. 3 miles,,is this something you can see yourselves doing,,? regards Thelma,,
 
beverley preston wrote
at 1:58:19 AM on Sunday, November 24, 2013
i used to dancing for salford star few few year go it was good go gill
 
Ellie mae wrote
at 1:06:29 PM on Saturday, June 15, 2013
skye and sophie are my friends from school you should make a video of them morris dancing you know
 
charlotte tatersall wrote
at 10:50:46 PM on Wednesday, June 27, 2012
i think salford stars is top its so amazing mate so glad i dance for them there fluffing amazing come 1st everyweek mate cant wait till champs bring it on yeah man 2k12
 
Ellie kay wrote
at 4:46:50 PM on Thursday, March 22, 2012
WE ARE THE BEST TEAM EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM NEVER leaving it is the best I have been to thanks for all the staff and kids for helping to come and jill and Vicky and u two. THIS IS THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!! S. A. L. F. O. R. D. S. T. A. R. S.
 
Ellie kay wrote
at 3:15:31 AM on Friday, February 10, 2012
Hi jill what u doing it is great at morris dancing
 
skye wrote
at 11:05:47 AM on Tuesday, November 15, 2011
we are the bes trope and we worck had i fanck the trenas for the effat and trang for all of them and hard worck for use
 
Rob Anderton wrote
at 6:58:11 AM on Tuesday, November 1, 2011
My 2 girls dance for the Dinky section of this troupe, and totally love it. I can't speak highly enough of the efforts, hard work and total dedication put in by the trainers Gill and Vicki, amongst others. Whilst it is nice to win of course, the troupe is far more than that, and one that Broughton should be proud of, adults and kids alike.
 
yvette sheffield wrote
at 3:52:27 AM on Tuesday, November 1, 2011
My 2 girls dance for Salford stars they have done for over 12 months now. They love dancing for Salford stars..i also used to dance for them as a child best morris troupe around in my eyes were like one big happy family. SS SALFORD STARS "WHO ARE WE" SALFORD!
 
vicki bond wrote
at 7:49:31 AM on Tuesday, October 25, 2011
hi im one of the trainers and its great fun too we have a laugh as well as be serious we are hoping to start seniors which are aged between 16 upto nearly forty which i am we have past an present dancers too we have bells on our PUMPS not THUMBS LOL XXXXXX SS SALFORD STARS "WHO ARE WE" SSSSAAAAAALLLLFFFFOOORRRRDDDDDD IS OUR SONG which we sing just before our girls start to dance
 
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