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?
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
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
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
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?
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