K Stars Morris Dancing Troupe have ended a fantastic second season by scooping a staggering 30 trophies at their championships earlier this month. Although from time to time we do dance with other organisations. })(); I have barely scratched the surface. 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. Howison, Dan. 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. 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. Edensor, Tim. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); 11022198. 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!!!!! Zirconia Morris Troupe began in March 2001 and have been successful in our 9 years. (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.) Royal Oak Morris Dancing TroupeMarching and DancingFilmed On Super 8By Joseph (Joe) YatesIn The 1980's[Film 12] 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). The following week, rehearsals begin again from scratch. The dance was fast with neatly choreographed moves. Copyright© 2009  LEIGH WEST PARK MORRIS DANCING TROUPE, var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-230305-2']); 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. 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’. No triple dancing will be permitted. 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!! By Maxine Wolstenholme @maxinewolstenh1 News Editor. 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. 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. Our troupe trains dancers of all ages with girls as young as three through to young women of twenty-six. Trophies on display at ETACCO End of Season championships © 2013 L Wright. Heaney, Mike. Troupes devise and polish a single dance per year; selecting new music and creating costumes, drawing on an active network of trainers and supporters. Performers are organised into ‘lines’ by age and ability, and travel across the region to compete in weekly events as part of  local and cross-county carnival organisations. 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. Early folk dance scholars were often dismissive of girls’ carnival morris. Your Privacy, Dr Lucy Wright is an artist and ethnomusicologist, currently employed as Research Associate on the AHRC-funded. The map below shows where all Morris Ring member sides are based (both in the UK and overseas). At the end of the season, a championship event crowns each organisation’s Troupe of the Year. 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. The web page for Hemlock Morris, a morris dancing side from Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK. 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. IT has been another successful year for members of Radcliffe Morisco's Morris Dancing Troupe. _gaq.push(['_setAllowHash', false]); Frequently passed along matriarchal lines, many of today’s dancers have grandparents, and even great-grandparents who were involved. var _gaq = _gaq || []; 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). © #FolkloreThursday 2018 Shardenaires morris dancing troupe is a non profit troupe everyone is welcome. 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. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? Specsavers in Norris Green has joined other key businesses in the local area to save the fate of the community’s 37 year old Morris Dancing Troupe. 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. _gaq.push(['gwo._setDomainName', 'none']); 1,  pp.42 – 55. This is key to contemporary folk performance. Buckland, Theresa. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers, usually wearing bell pads on their shins. (2006) An Introductory Bibliography on Morris Dancing, Third Edition, Vaughan Williams Memorial Library Leaflet No. Singing with the Kibbo Kift. 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!) A number of us were interested in the morris from our area. Valencia Morris Dancers to me were the most fascinating troupe to watch. (1991) ‘Institutions and Ideology in the Dissemination of Morris Dances in the Northwest of England,’ Yearbook for Traditional Music, Vol. 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! 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. 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’. (1986) Roy Dommett’s Morris Notes, CDSS of America. 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. First practice session is free. (1960, 1986) ’The North-West morris – a general survey,’ Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, Vol. 1, pp.53 – 67. 46 talking about this. Girls’ Carnival Morris Dancing: a Contemporary Folk Dance? It is rarely showcased at folk events or festivals. Sharonettes Morris Dancers are an established Morris Dancing Troupe who have been going since 1980. 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. 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). Morris dancing is a form of English folk dance usually accompanied by music. It is a Very successful Morris Dancing Troupe that frequently win weekly competitions & end of year championships. Practice is … ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 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.) var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; Our troupe principal Bev, and her assistants, Pauline and Lorraine, are all ex-morris dancers and with over 70 years experience between them, they provide excellent training and coaching for girls of all abilities and ages. 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. d.write('')})(); Kennedy, 1966). 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’. 26 likes. Boyes, Georgina. I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) 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. Over the years, we have danced in many places and at all sorts of events. 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. Leigh West Park is also a little friendly community with a great social side for both the girls and their parents. 's://ssl':'://www')+'.google-analytics.com'+'/siteopt.js?v=1&utmxkey='+k+'&utmx='+(x?x:'')+'&utmxx='+(xx?xx:'')+'&utmxtime='+new Date().valueOf()+(h? It is continually changing to meet the needs of its practitioners. 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. 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. The following two tabs change content below. We had another contact in Liverpool who promised to teach us a dance he had done in his youth but we lost touch with him. I’ve seen a group for women in Heswall I think, but that’s it as far as I know – a shame! A huge thank you to all of our official sponsors, and everyone who pledges to keep #FolkloreThursday running! Katie Kedward, 28, from Leeds, was … Revolution Morris Dancers founded in 2011 based in Ainsdale are a friendly non-profit organistaion. Dylwyth Royals Morris dancers have just been to their 2018 championships and are looking for new dancers. (function() { Later on, I attend weekly competitions hosted in out-of-town sports halls and suburban community centres, and am almost overwhelmed by the popularity and vibrance of this female-led tradition, conducted largely under-the-radar of the English folk movement in which I came of age. I spend more than 18 months researching and making work about girls’ morris dancing. To see further information about a side just zoom Nice work, Dr Lucy. _gaq.push(['_setDomainName', 'none']); Our troupe trains dancers of all ages with girls as young as three through to young women of twenty-six. (2002) National Identity, Popular Culture and Everyday Life, Berg. The Paulettes morris dancers 1971 . No content from this site may be used elsewhere without the permission of either #FolkloreThursday or the article author. The dance requires at least two people, but any number can join in. 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; 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. Sharonettes Morris Dancers are an established Morris Dancing Troupe who have been going since 1980. So after my final year with Tanhouse, I decided to join another troupe as I didn’t want to stop dancing all together. 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. What then, is the case for reevaluating girls’ morris dancing as an aspect of English folk dance? (1921, 1978) The Morris Book: With a Description of Dances as Performed by the Morrismen of England, Charles River Books. 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. We would start off in a straight line marching with hands on our hips to music, then split off into various dance routines. No experience needed as full training given. 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; 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. This year alone, the troupe has won an incredible eight trophies at the younger end of Greater Manchester Morris Dancing Association (GMMDA) competitions, which places the Salford troupe as the best in the county. Ages of the dancers range from 3 years old to 30 years old. The Salford Stars Morris Troupe started in Charlestown almost thirty ago and now takes part in competitions all over the North West. Tanhouse Morris Dancers 2005-2010 Valencia: 2011-2012. 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. 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. utmx_section("Legacy Footer"). 19, English Folk Dance and Song Society. (2003) Cheerleader: An American Icon, Palgrave Macmillan. A troupe of girls’ morris dancers compete at English Town and Country Carnival Organisation (ETACCO) championships © 2013 L Wright. I recall doing longsword at a school fete in Liverpool and but also on the programme watching was a team of girls doing carnival morris to prerecorded folk tunes. 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. … ... NB/ Morris teams are excluded the minimum attendance due to Manecco not holding enough Morris events but this will be reviewed on an annual basis • Any teams wishing to leave an event before the results are given, must be given permission by the Secretary or official in charge. Others are the first in their families to dance. Shardenaires Morris Dancing Troupe, Chorley. 1 talking about this. Revolution Morris Dance Troupe, Southport. 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! 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. })(); Sharp, Cecil. Well, for me, girls’ morris represents an important space for self-organisation and creativity. Dommett, Roy. Orcadia Morris Dancers (formerly Ormskirk Morris Dancers) from Skelmersdale in West Lancashire were established in 1982. 9 No. Morris dancing is a flexible art form, and participants usually try to make their act as silly as possible (except for these guys). Orcadia Morris Dancers at the End of Season Championships (2013) © 2013 L Wright. can relate to it – – by putting yourself into it straightaway present tense as our gateway. As the geographer, Tim Edensor notes, ‘the carnival remains an occasion at which normally concealed social tensions are celebrated’ (Edensor, 2002: 84). Are you in this Paulettes Morris Dancing Troupe picture from 1971? 375 likes. 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...!!!!!! As time goes on I take new photographs of my own, attend troupe practices and events, and even occasionally join in. A Morris dancer has sparked fierce debate on social media by claiming his troupe's 'blackface' tradition is not racist. 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