Do you want to take up dancing with a difference? Morris Dance is a quirky English folk dance and its history dates back to the early 16th century. Traditionally, it was a dance for men, but nowadays it is very popular with the ladies too, who enjoy dancing together or in a mixed group. In fact, it is recognised that Women kept Morris Dancing alive during the war. Morris Dancing UK brings together all the information, advice and humor that you will need to become a part of this wonderful heritage. There are three different styles of the dance which originate from Cotswold, Border, and the North West. Dancers wear different clothes depending on the part of the country in which they dance, but they are most often dressed in white with colored belts across their chests. A variety of accessories like sticks, handkerchiefs or even swords may be used in the local choreography. The dancing is extremely lively and accompanied by anything from an accordion or fiddle player to a noisy drum band. There are over 600 Morris Sides still existing and performing in the UK and across the world. There is also a Morris Ring, formed over 80 years ago, which is now an association of 150 Men’s Morris, Sword and Mummers Clubs and Teams. Morris Dance has been part of English life for at least six hundred years, so join us at Morris Dancing UK and help keep this enjoyable tradition alive. It may be an unusual pastime, but it will keep you fit and it is great fun!
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