History of the side
The whole point of learning the dances is to be able to perform them, so those wishing to join us need to learn to overcome their shyness and embarrassment about being seen by people they know. We accept paid bookings (eg for local summer fetes etc) and arrange our own dance spots at local pubs. We often invite other teams to join us at these. We also get invited to dance at events organised by other sides, and at various folk festivals. We socialise at the pub after practice and have lively Annual General Meetings although the agenda is the same every year. A highlight of the year is our Christmas dinner at which we sing, play music and indulge in daredevil forfeits.
Morris dancing takes various forms, depending on whereabouts in the country it was traditionally danced and “collected” (or written down). It includes Border Morris (from the Welsh borders), North West (clog dancing from the Lancashire mill towns) Rapper (sword dancing from the North East), Molly (from the fens) and Cotswold (the well known hanky and stick dances from the Cotswolds) but this is not an exhaustive list. We perform Cotswold Morris in the summer months and Molly dances in the winter.