FAQ On Morrisdancing

What was the kit or clothing that was involved in Morris dancing?

Morris dancing was performed with special regalia that all the participating dancers are required to dress on. It was performed in Morris side dress made from predominant white clothing. This bordered the tattered jackets worn by the border teams. Some of the usual items that were common during the dance were sashes, tatter coats, wooden clogs, top hats, armbands, rosettes, waistcoats, and knee length breeches among others. Dancers also wore top hats, bowlers, straw hats, and bowlers.

Which styles are mostly applied in the dance?

The dance has 6 predominant styles of dancing. Each style of dancing is named after the region where it comes from. Border Morris is a style that comes from the English Welsh border. It is a simpler, vigorous, and looser style where dancers are adorned with blackened faces. Cotsworld Morris is another style which comes from Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. It is normally danced with sticks and handkerchiefs that accompany the movements of the hand. It has a number of dancers that range from 6 to 8, but it can also be done by solo or double dancers. Longsword dancing hails from Yorkshire and south Durham. It is danced with a rigid metal, which are usually long. It comprises of 6 to 8 dancers. Molly dancing style hails from Cambridge shire. It is traditionally held on the Plough Monday. It is a traditional feast dance that is usually danced to collect money during the period of harsh winters.

What is the origin of Morris dance?

Mortris dancer dates back to the year 1448, where Morris dancers were paid seven shillings by the Goldsmiths’Company in London. Other visiting bishops mention sword dancing, mumming plays, and dancing activities. During the 17th century, the dance adopted the folk dance nature and it was performed across several parishes in the mid 17th century.Morris dance was first recorded as Morisk dance, morisse daunce, and moreys dance or rather Moorish dance. The integral name of the dance, Morris dance, first appeared in the 17th century. It has since changed and evolved to the current fame that it has had. It is currently almost a movement in England and some parts of Australia. Most notable folklorists who were responsible for recording and reviving the tradition of the dance in the 20th century include Maud Karpeles, Cecil Sharp, and Mary Neal.