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. We would start off in a straight line marching with hands on our hips to music, then split off into various dance routines. Dommett, Roy. Frequently passed along matriarchal lines, many of today’s dancers have grandparents, and even great-grandparents who were involved. 9 No. (1921, 1978) The Morris Book: With a Description of Dances as Performed by the Morrismen of England, Charles River Books. 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 spend more than 18 months researching and making work about girls’ morris dancing. No experience needed as full training given. Troupes devise and polish a single dance per year; selecting new music and creating costumes, drawing on an active network of trainers and supporters. Sharonettes Morris Dancers are an established Morris Dancing Troupe who have been going since 1980. 's://ssl':'://www')+'.google-analytics.com'+'/siteopt.js?v=1&utmxkey='+k+'&utmx='+(x?x:'')+'&utmxx='+(xx?xx:'')+'&utmxtime='+new Date().valueOf()+(h? Ages of the dancers range from 3 years old to 30 years old. 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. 1, pp.53 – 67. Any troupes infringing this rule will be disqualified. What then, is the case for reevaluating girls’ morris dancing as an aspect of English folk dance? 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. 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. Dylwyth Royals Morris dancers have just been to their 2018 championships and are looking for new dancers. A Morris dancer has sparked fierce debate on social media by claiming his troupe's 'blackface' tradition is not racist. Well, for me, girls’ morris represents an important space for self-organisation and creativity. 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. 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; Edensor, Tim. 46 talking about this. We practice at St.Marys church Wellington road rhyl on Tuesday and Thursdays 5 til 8pm depending on age. _udn = "none"; Singing with the Kibbo Kift. Zirconia Morris Troupe began in March 2001 and have been successful in our 9 years. 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/. Girls’ Carnival Morris Dancing: a Contemporary Folk Dance? I have barely scratched the surface. However, Mike Heaney described it as coherent with any ‘defensible definition’ of folk dancing (Heaney, 2006: 39), while Roy Dommett considered girls’ morris ‘heir to the richest of the English dance traditions’ (1986: 5). Practice is … 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. 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. 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.) As the geographer, Tim Edensor notes, ‘the carnival remains an occasion at which normally concealed social tensions are celebrated’ (Edensor, 2002: 84). var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); 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. (1993)The Imagined Village: Culture, Ideology and the English Folk Revival, Manchester University Press. and Bentley, Bernard. 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. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; (2003) Cheerleader: An American Icon, Palgrave Macmillan. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? However, it demonstrates convincing claims to an historical depth and geographical continuity comparable with many of the performances associated with the English folk movement. Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time. 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. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers, usually wearing bell pads on their shins. 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). 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. 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!) 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. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ... 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. Revolution Morris Dance Troupe, Southport. No triple dancing will be permitted. Others are the first in their families to dance. Leigh West Park is also a little friendly community with a great social side for both the girls and their parents. _gaq.push(['_setAllowHash', false]); The Salford Stars Morris Troupe started in Charlestown almost thirty ago and now takes part in competitions all over the North West. 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. The following week, rehearsals begin again from scratch. 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. © #FolkloreThursday 2018 Valencia Morris Dancers to me were the most fascinating troupe to watch. 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’. It is continually changing to meet the needs of its practitioners. Orcadia Morris Dancers (formerly Ormskirk Morris Dancers) from Skelmersdale in West Lancashire were established in 1982. 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. _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); Your Privacy, Dr Lucy Wright is an artist and ethnomusicologist, currently employed as Research Associate on the AHRC-funded. })(); Then we would all end up on some field, where we would perform in turn our Morris Dancing routines. 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. 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!! 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. Trophies on display at ETACCO End of Season championships © 2013 L Wright. Revolution Morris Dancers founded in 2011 based in Ainsdale are a friendly non-profit organistaion. (1960, 1986) ’The North-West morris – a general survey,’ Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, Vol. })(); 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 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. Our troupe trains dancers of all ages with girls as young as three through to young women of twenty-six. 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. Our troupe trains dancers of all ages with girls as young as three through to young women of twenty-six. K Stars Morris Dancing Troupe have ended a fantastic second season by scooping a staggering 30 trophies at their championships earlier this month. can relate to it – – by putting yourself into it straightaway present tense as our gateway. Although from time to time we do dance with other organisations. Early folk dance scholars were often dismissive of girls’ carnival morris. On Thursday evenings in summer you may see us dancing outside one of the pubs in the local area, and at weekends we may be away in other parts of … 11022198. 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’. Boyes, Georgina. The map below shows where all Morris Ring member sides are based (both in the UK and overseas). 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. Interesting. Nice work, Dr Lucy. 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. 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. at various venues throughout the year, culminating in a Championship weekend at the end of season. 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. No content from this site may be used elsewhere without the permission of either #FolkloreThursday or the article author. (function() { At the end of the season, a championship event crowns each organisation’s Troupe of the Year. 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. This is key to contemporary folk performance. utmx_section("Legacy Footer"). (1986) Roy Dommett’s Morris Notes, CDSS of America. 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). 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. A troupe of girls’ morris dancers compete at English Town and Country Carnival Organisation (ETACCO) championships © 2013 L Wright. A number of us were interested in the morris from our area. The dance was fast with neatly choreographed moves. All Hael! 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. _gaq.push(['_setDomainName', 'none']); (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.) Shardenaires Morris Dancing Troupe, Chorley. Its main participants are primary- and secondary-school-aged girls and young women . _gaq.push(['_setAllowLinker', true]); 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...!!!!!! Adams, Natalie Guice and Bettis, Pamela, J. 1,  pp.42 – 55. 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. 23, No. 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. Katie Kedward, 28, from Leeds, was … I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) Copyright© 2009  LEIGH WEST PARK MORRIS DANCING TROUPE, var _gaq = _gaq || []; It is a Very successful Morris Dancing Troupe that frequently win weekly competitions & end of year championships. Howison, Dan. I’ve seen a group for women in Heswall I think, but that’s it as far as I know – a shame! d.write('')})(); Morris dancing is a form of English folk dance usually accompanied by music. #FolkloreThursday 27 Old Gloucester Street, London, United Kingdom, WC1N 3AX. … To see further information about a side just zoom var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); Company registered in England & Wales, no. 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. Kennedy, 1966). Luton Stars Morris Dancing was established in 2003 by Suey Woodward. 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. 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. (function() { 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. Sharonettes Morris Dancers are an established Morris Dancing Troupe who have been going since 1980. Are you in this Paulettes Morris Dancing Troupe picture from 1971? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; Shardenaires morris dancing troupe is a non profit troupe everyone is welcome. 26 likes. function utmx_section(){}function utmx(){} Implements such as sticks, swords and handkerchiefs may also be wielded by the dancers. The Paulettes morris dancers 1971 . (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; Sharp, Cecil. The following two tabs change content below. Ethnomusicologist and artist, Dr Lucy Wright reflects on her ongoing fieldwork within the  girls’ Morris community …. 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. Buckland, Theresa. First practice session is free. The dance requires at least two people, but any number can join in. 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. _gaq.push(['gwo._setDomainName', 'none']); In many ways, girls’ morris superficially bears little resemblance to the better-known ‘traditional’ morris performance of the English folk revival. By Maxine Wolstenholme @maxinewolstenh1 News Editor. Heaney, Mike. 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!!!!! Tanhouse Morris Dancers 2005-2010 Valencia: 2011-2012. Morris dancing is a flexible art form, and participants usually try to make their act as silly as possible (except for these guys). Around that time, I went to Bootle library and found photographs and newspaper paper articles mentioning morris locally. _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-230305-2']); 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. A huge thank you to all of our official sponsors, and everyone who pledges to keep #FolkloreThursday running! var _gaq = _gaq || []; (2006) An Introductory Bibliography on Morris Dancing, Third Edition, Vaughan Williams Memorial Library Leaflet No. 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! IT has been another successful year for members of Radcliffe Morisco's 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. 375 likes. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? It is rarely showcased at folk events or festivals. 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. (2002) National Identity, Popular Culture and Everyday Life, Berg. 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. (1991) ‘Institutions and Ideology in the Dissemination of Morris Dances in the Northwest of England,’ Yearbook for Traditional Music, Vol. As time goes on I take new photographs of my own, attend troupe practices and events, and even occasionally join in. 19, English Folk Dance and Song Society. 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’. _gaq.push(['gwo._trackPageview', '/2354831680/test']); 1 talking about this. Let us know if you find any groups performing in Liverpool or Wirral in future though, as would love to go along. Over the years, we have danced in many places and at all sorts of events. The web page for Hemlock Morris, a morris dancing side from Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK. 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). 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 were aware of carnival morris, e.g. (www.sheffield.ac.uk/music/staff/academic/lucy-wright). 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' Orcadia Morris Dancers at the End of Season Championships (2013) © 2013 L Wright. 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