Styles of Morris Dance

Morris dance is an English traditional dance that was first documented about the 1400s. Since that time, Morris dance has expanded to various regions in England, developing unique styles within those regions. From those styles, the consciousness and daily ways of seeing the world as well as ways of making sense of the world can… Continue reading Styles of Morris Dance

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

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

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.

Will Morris Dancing Survive In The 21st Century?

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

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