Day 166 (part 2): The Wild Hunt

Hello again πŸ™‚

The last few dancing posts have been about the Herne the Hunter Story which we have been practicing and danced out on Sunday. Well last nights practice involved going over this story again twice to make sure we really know what we are doing before we dance out at Stonehenge.

By the way…we are going to dance in the stones at Stonehenge…how awesome is that??!!

Practicing Hunting Dance

Anyway…back to last nights practice…we practiced the Herne story twice through, and quite a lot of single dances too to make sure everyone got a go πŸ™‚

In the story this time I am only in one dance, Avebury Ring, which is the final dance of the story depicting a spectral Herne leading the hunt for the spectral white stag through Windsor Great Park. The alternative title for this dance (which is appropriate in this context, is The Wild Hunt). Here it is being performed in the dim and distant past before I joined the side…


It is an unusual dance which forms patterns and figures that are at first glance quite different to the “normal” Morris dance configuration. Β Each side of the dance does different things and goes in different directions! Because of all this, I put off learning it for some time after I joined. Now bearing in mind, I have been dancing this dance out (in public) for nearly a year now (first time at Rudgewick Wassail Jan ’13) , what I am going to say may sound a little silly… I realised during the dance in this practice, that I know the dance!Β 

Yeah, I knew that would sound silly…of course I knew it before, I could dance it out and not get it wrong! What I mean is I realised that I can dance it without taking my cues off other people, I know when to throw my stick without people indicating to me that I should, and I don’t have to look over my shoulder to check whether it is time to stand yet on the kneeling bits! Maybe I should believe in myself more, maybe this only happens to me, but there is a difference between being able to do something, actually doing something and believing you are able to do it every time! πŸ˜€

Without further ado…the dances I practiced last night were:

Maiden Castle, Avebury Ring (x2), Triskelle (x2), Raggle Taggle Gypsy, Witch Hunt, Our Henry and Fanny Frail.

And with that… Day 166 Complete πŸ˜€

By Sam Catchpole

She/They | Aspiring Strongperson, Photographer, Artist, Writer,


  1. It certainly doesn’t happen to only you! In the short time I have been dancing, l know exactly what you are talking about.
    I haven’t experienced the dance out yet mind you! πŸ™‚


    1. πŸ˜€ I am glad it is not just me, there is such a difference between knowing the dance well enough to dance it with lots of confident people around you, and knowing what happens next with no cues form others.


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