Morris dancing is a flexible art form, and participants usually try to make their act as silly as possible (except for these guys). I’ve seen a group for women in Heswall I think, but that’s it as far as I know – a shame! d.write('')})(); http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-bootle-may-day-demonstration-and-crowning-of-the-may-queen-1903-1903/, https://twitter.com/FolkloreThurs/status/834372848689016832, British Folklore: The Traditional Jack-in-the-Green, All Hael! 1,  pp.42 – 55. Any troupes infringing this rule will be disqualified. Dommett, Roy. Implements such as sticks, swords and handkerchiefs may also be wielded by the dancers. So after my final year with Tanhouse, I decided to join another troupe as I didn’t want to stop dancing all together. i was born and grew up in the northern part of Liverpool and, during the 1970s, joined the Southport Swords – a male side doing primarily longsword dancing. Girls’ morris has a rich past and a vital present that deserves to be better documented, and doing so could help to elucidate the role and nature of folk dance in contemporary England. Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time. Danced primarily by girls and young women, it is characterised by heavily embellished costumes, pom-poms (‘shakers’) and precise, synchronous footwork—the ‘pas de basque’—choreographed to recorded pop music. The following two tabs change content below. Leigh West Park Morris Dancing Troupe has been established since 1968 and in 2008 will celebrate 40 years of dancing.Our troupe has a reputation of being one of the premier morris dancing troupe of its kind in the area. It is continually changing to meet the needs of its practitioners. Others are the first in their families to dance. Also contributing to the neglect, the traditions of urban dwellers typically received less attention than those of their rural counterparts (Boyes, 1993; Buckland, 1991), as folklore was believed to reside more ‘authentically’ in unindustrialised places (cf. Girls’ morris dancing—sometimes called ‘carnival’ or ‘fluffy’ morris—is a highly competitive team formation dance, performed in the Northwest of England and parts of North Wales. What then, is the case for reevaluating girls’ morris dancing as an aspect of English folk dance? Many first-time witnesses liken it to modern Irish stepdance, or mistake it for the American import, cheerleading, although girls’ morris dancing is (at least) several decades older (Adams and Bettis, 2003). We train on Tuesday evenings from 6pm til 8:30pm at The Greenbrow Social for over 13's and Thursday evenings at The Lifestyle from 5:30pm til 7pm for under 13's. K Stars Morris Dancing Troupe have ended a fantastic second season by scooping a staggering 30 trophies at their championships earlier this month. Girls’ morris dancing—sometimes described as ‘carnival’ or ‘fluffy’ morris, but known simply as ‘morris’ or ‘troupe’ dancing in the communities of which it is a part—is a highly competitive team formation dance from the Northwest of England and parts of North Wales. Revolution Morris Dancers founded in 2011 based in Ainsdale are a friendly non-profit organistaion. More recently, I came across a BFI film from 1903 showing a team of boys dancing in a style very recognisable as a “north west male morris dance” but with elements of carnival morris (e.g dancing in white pumps) – see http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-bootle-may-day-demonstration-and-crowning-of-the-may-queen-1903-1903/. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? (function() { Morris dancer David Young, who has been dancing with the troupe for the past seven years, said he was disgusted that folk dancers were treated ‘like yobs’. I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) Your Privacy, Dr Lucy Wright is an artist and ethnomusicologist, currently employed as Research Associate on the AHRC-funded. Our trainer and principle is Cheryl who has danced for a number of years with troupes such as Marganettes and Polka Dots (now known as Harlequins). Orcadia Morris Dancers at the End of Season Championships (2013) © 2013 L Wright. Edensor, Tim. Not so much a vernacular or style, nor a particular set of songs or dances or other rustic artefact; folk is participatory and dynamic and evolving and it contributes to a vital and lived sense of community and place. _gaq.push(['_setDomainName', 'none']); var _gaq = _gaq || []; Singing with the Kibbo Kift. A huge thank you to all of our official sponsors, and everyone who pledges to keep #FolkloreThursday running! Girls’ morris dancing—sometimes described as ‘carnival’ or ‘fluffy’ morris, but known simply as ‘morris’ or ‘troupe’ dancing in the communities of which it is a part—is a highly competitive team formation dance from the Northwest of England and parts of North Wales. I come to know them first while pouring over photographs in morris dancing archives; crinkle-cornered black-and-white film blushing into Kodachrome as I flick forwards through the contents of scrapbooks, travelling in time. 375 likes. Other photographs are more formally posed; troupes cluster around a glut of trophies or a hand-painted shield, grinning proudly for the camera, wearing waistcoats heavy with medals. A troupe of girls’ morris dancers compete at English Town and Country Carnival Organisation (ETACCO) championships © 2013 L Wright. Boyes, Georgina. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); Its main participants are primary- and secondary-school-aged girls and young women . 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; Often overlooked in accounts of English morris dancing, girls’ (carnival) morris is a highly competitive, team formation dance popular in the Northwest of England and parts of North Wales. 1 talking about this. It is un-institutionalised—it rarely receives external funding or support—but its participants speak of a a strong sense of community, simultaneously as members of individual troupes and as part of what is colloquially known as the wider ‘carnival world’. and Bentley, Bernard. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); Our troupe trains dancers of all ages with girls as young as three through to young women of twenty-six. Our troupe trains dancers of all ages with girls as young as three through to young women of twenty-six. It is rarely showcased at folk events or festivals. Dubbed the ‘Inspire Morris Dancers’, the group collected their very own uniforms earlier this week and hope to put them to good use throughout 2019. #FolkloreThursday 27 Old Gloucester Street, London, United Kingdom, WC1N 3AX. Adams, Natalie Guice and Bettis, Pamela, J. Dylwyth Royals Morris dancers have just been to their 2018 championships and are looking for new dancers. No content from this site may be used elsewhere without the permission of either #FolkloreThursday or the article author. A Morris dancer has sparked fierce debate on social media by claiming his troupe's 'blackface' tradition is not racist. At the same time, girls’ morris dancing had—and continues to—visibly evolve, Maud Karpeles suggesting that, ‘instead of adhering to the traditional mode of dancing, [girls’ morris troupes] have been tempted to introduce new features and develop the dance on lines that are calculated to win the approbation of the judge and the audience’ (Karpeles, 1930: 5) while Daniel Howison and Bernard Bentley asserted that it had ‘almost entirely lost touch with its traditional roots’ (1960: 44). Kennedy, 1966). (2003) Cheerleader: An American Icon, Palgrave Macmillan. during the 1970s, some made contact with people who had danced in the 1920s and 1930’s and the team learn the dance from Aughton (near Ormskirk) from one of these contacts. Morris dancing 'blackface' split sees group ban 'Coco-Nutters' troupe from community Clog-dancers insist makeup is a throwback to their region's ancient coal-mining history and has no racial connotations, but organisation say they can no longer be 'part of mainstream Morris community' at various venues throughout the year, culminating in a Championship weekend at the end of season. We are a Morris Dancing troupe based in Wythenshawe, Manchester and are always looking for new or old dancers to come and join us between the ages of 4yrs - 30+ yrs. Trophies on display at ETACCO End of Season championships © 2013 L Wright. © #FolkloreThursday 2018 If you’d like to help keep #FolkloreThursday going, do check out our Patreon page to pledge a small monthly amount to tell us you think #FolkloreThursday is great! As time goes on I take new photographs of my own, attend troupe practices and events, and even occasionally join in. Morris was historically gendered male (Sharp, 1912: 42) and women’s participation—where it was acknowledged at all—was typically portrayed as a substitution, or borrowing from the men’s dance. To see further information about a side just zoom (2006) An Introductory Bibliography on Morris Dancing, Third Edition, Vaughan Williams Memorial Library Leaflet No. Howison, Dan. 23, No. IT has been another successful year for members of Radcliffe Morisco's Morris Dancing Troupe. However, it demonstrates convincing claims to an historical depth and geographical continuity comparable with many of the performances associated with the English folk movement. The following week, rehearsals begin again from scratch. The dance requires at least two people, but any number can join in. The dance was fast with neatly choreographed moves. Morris dancers from Beorma Border Morris dancing troupe in Kings Heath pose for a photograph after visiting a local friend on May Day under Coronavirus lockdown on 1st May 2020 in Birmingham,... Erstklassige Nachrichtenbilder in hoher Auflösung bei Getty Images This is brilliant James – just shared it on Twitter and Facebook: https://twitter.com/FolkloreThurs/status/834372848689016832 Not sure what Morris is about in the area now. However, despite surface dissimilarities, preliminary research indicates that girls’ morris dancing shares key aspects of its history with other forms of North West morris, with roots in the popular town carnival movement, of the mid-19th to late 20th century, at which troupes of ‘morris dancers’, male and female, single and coed, were a prominent feature. Frequently passed along matriarchal lines, many of today’s dancers have grandparents, and even great-grandparents who were involved. Glad to come across this and see you doing well: it’s well written so a reader who doesn’t automatically relate to it (me!) _gaq.push(['gwo._trackPageview', '/2354831680/test']); ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? Some snapshots reveal a performance in action; teams of girls in matching uniforms carrying crepe paper pom-poms, marching high-kneed in street parades and dancing in formation on crowded carnival grounds. This is key to contemporary folk performance. The Salford Stars Morris Troupe started in Charlestown almost thirty ago and now takes part in competitions all over the North West. _gaq.push(['gwo._setAccount', 'UA-230305-28']); By Maxine Wolstenholme @maxinewolstenh1 News Editor. Today, girls’ morris functions at a distance from the morris dancing of the English folk revival; despite performing with an all-female Cotswold Morris side, Waters Green Morris, based in Macclesfield, Cheshire—in the very heart of girls’ morris country—I was previously unaware of this parallel strand of morris performance taking place on my doorstep. _gaq.push(['_setAllowLinker', true]); Dancers typically wear white or brightly colored clothing that flows when they twist or turn, and often set their outfits off with a bright red or green sash. Over the years, we have danced in many places and at all sorts of events. Buckland, Theresa. Copyright© 2009  LEIGH WEST PARK MORRIS DANCING TROUPE, var _gaq = _gaq || []; _udn = "none"; We have our own bus which operates a pick-up and drop-off service on competition days and it serves as secure base for the day for girls getting changed and storing our equipment. 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; 19, English Folk Dance and Song Society. _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-230305-2']); Tanhouse Morris Dancers 2005-2010 Valencia: 2011-2012. Valencia Morris Dancers to me were the most fascinating troupe to watch. Shardenaires Morris Dancing Troupe, Chorley. Sharonettes Morris Dancers are an established Morris Dancing Troupe who have been going since 1980. We were aware of carnival morris, e.g. We would start off in a straight line marching with hands on our hips to music, then split off into various dance routines. (function(){var k='2354831680',d=document,l=d.location,c=d.cookie;function f(n){if(c){var i=c.indexOf(n+'=');if(i>-1){var j=c.indexOf(';',i);return escape(c.substring(i+n.length+1,j<0?c.length:j))}}}var x=f('__utmx'),xx=f('__utmxx'),h=l.hash; We are always on the look-out for new dancers, if you’ve danced before or haven’t danced before in your life, come and give it a go!! The map below shows where all Morris Ring member sides are based (both in the UK and overseas). Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone, has been working hard with a group of young people since summer 2018 to establish their very own Morris Dancing troupe. No triple dancing will be permitted. 46 talking about this. (2002) National Identity, Popular Culture and Everyday Life, Berg. In many ways, girls’ morris superficially bears little resemblance to the better-known ‘traditional’ morris performance of the English folk revival. First practice session is free. Are you in this Paulettes Morris Dancing Troupe picture from 1971? At the end of the season, a championship event crowns each organisation’s Troupe of the Year. Similarly, or perhaps for this reason, few of the girls’ morris dancers I have worked with straightforwardly relate to the broader English morris dancing canon, and the performance has continued to grow without recourse to the recurrent cycles of extinction and resurgence more associated with the folk movement. 26 likes. (1993)The Imagined Village: Culture, Ideology and the English Folk Revival, Manchester University Press. 's://ssl':'://www')+'.google-analytics.com'+'/siteopt.js?v=1&utmxkey='+k+'&utmx='+(x?x:'')+'&utmxx='+(xx?xx:'')+'&utmxtime='+new Date().valueOf()+(h? Practice is … (1960, 1986) ’The North-West morris – a general survey,’ Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, Vol. Ages of the dancers range from 3 years old to 30 years old. Further dedicated study is required to chart the history of girls’ morris, but my time in the community makes it plain that the performance played an important role in the lives of many girls and women. function utmx_section(){}function utmx(){} Let us know if you find any groups performing in Liverpool or Wirral in future though, as would love to go along. Troupes devise and polish a single dance per year; selecting new music and creating costumes, drawing on an active network of trainers and supporters. _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); Perhaps even more importantly, it represents a vibrant, living tradition, which has sidestepped recurrent cycles of extinction and revival common to  many dominant narratives of folk performance. (www.sheffield.ac.uk/music/staff/academic/lucy-wright). can relate to it – – by putting yourself into it straightaway present tense as our gateway. This team is backed up by a committee and lots of hard working parents that provide support and help fundraising for troupe uniform, travelling expenses and making sure dresses and other uniform is clean and tidy every week!!!!! Girls’ Carnival Morris Dancing: a Contemporary Folk Dance? Ethnomusicologist and artist, Dr Lucy Wright reflects on her ongoing fieldwork within the  girls’ Morris community …. 9 No. We practise every Tuesday from 6.45pm at Edna Road Labour Club, or if you want to get in touch e-mail us at :-, Pauline                 Lorraine           Troupe Principal Bev. Sharp, Cecil. It is a Very successful Morris Dancing Troupe that frequently win weekly competitions & end of year championships. Our Troupe is based at Edna Rd Labour Club in Leigh and we hold a full practise session for all our girls on Tuesday nights, we then go to our competitions generally on Sundays. No experience needed as full training given. _gaq.push(['gwo._setDomainName', 'none']); Leigh West Park compete with other troupes in the North West under the main body of the North West Dancing Asscociation (N.W.D.A.) All Hael! (1991) ‘Institutions and Ideology in the Dissemination of Morris Dances in the Northwest of England,’ Yearbook for Traditional Music, Vol. As the geographer, Tim Edensor notes, ‘the carnival remains an occasion at which normally concealed social tensions are celebrated’ (Edensor, 2002: 84). (1921, 1978) The Morris Book: With a Description of Dances as Performed by the Morrismen of England, Charles River Books. Perhaps girls’ morris can provide a site through which to re-evaluate the boundaries of morris dancing; one that also enables us to give new meaning to a range of contemporary cultural products—even those not currently or readily recognised as ‘folk’. The web page for Hemlock Morris, a morris dancing side from Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK. Heaney, Mike. Shardenaires morris dancing troupe is a non profit troupe everyone is welcome. 1, pp.53 – 67. Company registered in England & Wales, no. We organise a lot of out of dancing activities and events to provide everybody with a sense of belonging and team spirit, such as sponsored walks, we even painted our own bus...!!!!!! A MUM-OF-THREE who set up a Morris dancing troupe from scratch – despite knowing nothing about the art – has spurred them on to scoop more than 50 trophies. })(); (function() { A number of us were interested in the morris from our area. Interesting. (Myself, I’d lose the entire italicised alienating preamble and plunge straight into “I come to know them first…” but you know I’m always going to do things like that for immediacy.) Leigh West Park Morris Dancing Troupe has been established since 1968 and in 2008 will celebrate 40 years of dancing.Our troupe has a reputation of being one of the premier morris dancing troupe of its kind in the area. Morris dancing is a form of English folk dance usually accompanied by music. Although from time to time we do dance with other organisations. The troupe is run primarly by our troupe principal Beverley Collins and her friend and assistant principal Pauline Prytharch and mid-dinky trainer Lorraine Timpson. We practice at St.Marys church Wellington road rhyl on Tuesday and Thursdays 5 til 8pm depending on age. Sharonettes Morris Dancers are an established Morris Dancing Troupe who have been going since 1980. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; Manchester Morris Dancers and its predecessor team, the Manchester Morris Men, have been dancing since 1930 and dance both North-west Clog Morris and Cotswold Dances. Orcadia Morris Dancers (formerly Ormskirk Morris Dancers) from Skelmersdale in West Lancashire were established in 1982. 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