There have been wide claims by practitioners and associations alike that morris dancing may as well be disappearing but rather subtly (but disappearing all the same)and will be completely dead in two decades. Morris dancing, like any form of tradition developed several hundred years before, is liked and derided in equal measure. This may be… Continue reading Will Morris Dancing Survive In The 21st Century?
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 ACenturyOf Morris Dancing In Australia
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 OfMorris 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
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 OfMorris 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 OnMorris 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
The history of Morris dancing has always been clouded in mystery and theories have been formed and refuted in equal measure. Morris dancing has often been associated with Moorish dancing, with some people theorizing that its name could have been adopted from Moors. It does make a bit of sense, considering that Morris dancers often… Continue reading The History Of Morris Dancing