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About Morris Dancing and where to learn

Morris dancing has a long history in England.  There is debate about exactly how long but certainly hundreds of years.  Some Cotswold Morris sides can see their history go back before 1800!  Many traditions ended after world war 2.  Many of the clubs that exist now are revived clubs.  They studied the early books of… Continue reading About Morris Dancing and where to learn

Origins And Types Of Morris Dancing

One of the most popular forms of morris dances is with the use of sticks and/or handkerchiefs. This type of dancing can be traced back to the medieval times. The dance was done by 4-8 men holding the sticks or handkerchiefs while performing the morris dance. The handkerchiefs are said to be adopted from the… Continue reading Origins And Types Of Morris Dancing

Where to learn how to Morris Dance?

Morris Dance is a traditional folk dance that has been around for 100’s of years.  It originated in England but has spread to Europe, Australia and the United States.  There are a variety of styles of Morris Dance.  The various styles originated in different areas of the country.   There are three main organizations that help… Continue reading Where to learn how to Morris Dance?

Half A Century Of Morris Dancing In Australia

Morris dancing nowadays has a variety of dance forms, from the traditional morris dancing of the English folk to the more recent mumming technique that is a prodigy of the theatre. This is all thanks to Cecil Sharp, a musicologist who recorded and documented various dance forms of the morris that were being done in… Continue reading Half A Century Of Morris Dancing In Australia

Different Styles Of Morris Dancing

Morris dancing originated from England but the who and when of its origin remains a mystery. It has been there for centuries and even Shakespeare cared to give it some publicity in his plays. Morris dance is usually for shows and not a social dance; and as a result it is usually performed before an… Continue reading Different Styles Of Morris Dancing

Opportunities to see Morris Dance and try it out.

Morris Dance is a traditional folk dance that has been around for centuries.  It is rich with traditional clothes and history.  There are many sides around England, Europe and the United States where you can witness this great tradition.  Once witnessing this style of dance you might decide you need to give it a go… Continue reading Opportunities to see Morris Dance and try it out.

Where can you learn Morris Dance and join a side?

There are many small Morris Sides in the United Kingdom and around the world.  These are small groups keeping the tradition alive of this fun energetic dance tradition.  Morris Dance features either a group of Men, Women or a mix of both, wearing costumes, with bells (or other noise makers) carrying sticks (or handkerchiefs or… Continue reading Where can you learn Morris Dance and join a side?

A Guide On Morris Dancing

The 500 year tradition was given another lease of life by Cecil Sharp who documented his experience with the dance in his book. He however gave more information on Cotswold dancing and left out how the other dance styles are usually performed. Morris dancing is more of a show dance and not a social one.… Continue reading A Guide On Morris Dancing

A Proper Definition Of Morris Dancing

Many people usually ask what morris dancing is. Watching a bunch of people with bells around their ankles, jumping around in costumes while wielding sticks does little in explaining what this dance form really is. The history of morris dancing is more of a mystery and its roots are untraceable (although there are different accounts… Continue reading A Proper Definition Of Morris Dancing

The Evolution Of Morris Dancing

Morris dancing has for the longest time been considered as a preserve for males in the English society. More precisely, the elderly male dressed up in white shirts, a padded vest (with a belt across it holding bells), trousers and clogs (for North West morris dancing). Not forgetting the ribbons tied on the arms and… Continue reading The Evolution Of Morris Dancing