Dance displays 2017

Dance is a key part of the festival – On site, with ceilidhs of course, and dance displays by a host of dance sides, as well as children from local schools. Plus, on Saturday morning the main event is the procession along King Street in Southwell, much loved and looked forward to by many in town and festival-goers alike.

And on Sunday is the dance spectacular on the festival site with most of the festival dance sides performing on the outdoor dance stage.  Also on Sunday, in our new dance venue, Hoofers is a belly dance workshop with Nottingham’s Black Peacock Belly Dance.

We are now confirming dance sides for the festival (in no particular order), and will keep adding to the list as we go…

harlequin-morris Harlequin Morris
Exciting, energetic and uplifting for dancers and audience members. Harlequin Morris are a lively young dance side formed back in June 2013 by a small group of friends from around the country. Their aim is to learn and dance more difficult and challenging Cotswold Morris traditions in a polished manner.
 slubbing-billys Slubbing Billy’s
Slubbing Billy’s are a mixed Morris Team, with a reputation for colourful costumes and lively, entertaining dances. The team was formed in 1986, and has a healthy age range, from enthusiatic teenagers to more experienced (mature!) members who have danced with the side since it started. Most of the members live in and around the Colne and Holme Valleys near Huddersfield. They all have different backgrounds, but share a love of tradition, good company and the occasional pint of decent beer.
 thrales-rapper Thrales Rapper
Londons premier rapper sword dance group, spawned from the coal mines of South Middlesex in 1995; Thrales rapper take their name from Hester Thrale, companion to Dr Johnson. Thrales generally perform their own dances named after London pubs and also a version of the traditional dance from the village of Beadnel. They hope to bring culture and enlightenment to the congestion charge zone and beyond!

copyright Des Knock BSc ABIPP 2011

copyright Des Knock BSc ABIPP 2011

The Witchmen
The Hell’s Angels of Morris Dancers with a ‘veritable orchestra’ of musicians the Witchmen are one of the country’s best known dance sides. The Witchmen dance Morris from the Daarkside where pagan ritual meets modern entertainment. They have created dances which are exciting to watch and have both magic and menace.
 ansteymorris-new Anstey Morrismen
Based in the village of Anstey in Leicestershire the Anstey Morrismen perform dances from the Cotswold tradition and have gained an enviable reputation locally for their energetic stick dances. Their costume is based on that of a 19th Century “Navvie” or farm worker
 rattlejag Rattlejag Morris
Take a dose of recently collected local material, mix it with the ideas of a modern dance team and you have Rattlejag. Rattlejag dance Plough Morris; a tradition based in Lincolnshire, Notts and East Yorkshire. In some dances rattles are used, others use brooms, sticks, ‘baccapipes’ or swords. Each member of the side uses a different colour paint and ribbons to give the whole group a multi-colour effect. Local dance tunes accompany their dances.
 lmmm-publicity-photo Lincoln Micklebarrow Morrismen
Southwell’s Micklebarrow Morris Men are named after the hill just outside Southwell. In January 2001 they joined with the Lincoln Morris Men to create ‘The Lincoln Micklebarrow Morris Men’. Their badge comprises Lincoln’s famous Imp, inside a Southwell Bramley Apple. Lincoln Micklebarrow dance Cotswold Morris.
 bishops-morris Bishops Morris
Bishop’s Morris is a mixed, community side of all ages. They dance predominantly Longsword and Cotswold morris dances, some traditional and some which they have developed recently. They practise in Lincoln on Tuesday evenings and new dancers and musicians are always welcome – no experience needed.
 stone-the-crows Stone the Crows
Described as, “A contemporary Morris Team who can draw a crowd without resorting to Pantomime” by the English Folk Dance and Song Society, Stone the Crows are the World Record-holding Border Morris side, from Leyland in Lancashire.
Most of the dances they perform are traditional Border Morris with a twist, while others have been created by members of the team. They wear traditional tatters jackets and top hats, but are distinctive by customising our costumes to look like crows.
In September 2015, as part of their 21st Birthday celebrations, the Crows entered the Guinness Book of Records for organising the largest synchronised and choreographed Morris dance carried out in a defined area.
 poacher-morris Poacher Morris
Poacher Morris are Lincoln’s finest and original mixed Border Morris Team who perform lively and energetic dances. They take their name from the song ‘The Lincolnshire Poacher’ and perform the dances of the Welsh Border tradition in their own “wild and exuberant” style As a Border side they carry on the tradition of disguise with our own distinctive colours. Black to represent the border tradition and yellow for the Lincolnshire “yellowbelly’
 tomconroy The Conroy Irish dance Company
The Conroy Irish dance company is a Lincoln based Irish dance school teaching adults and children. Tom the teacher has toured with various Irish dance shows for many years and recently started the school with competing and performing in mind. Boasting dancers reaching 8th in Europe and 4th in the world the shows involve the highest standard of Irish dance.
 mortimers Mortimers Morris
Based in Nottingham; Mortimer’s Morris was founded to promote excellence in practice, and continue to perform high-impact precision dances in the North West style. In eye-catching ribbon waistcoats, the dancers are ably accompanied by their black-hatted musicians. Their stylish renditions of zesty Euro-tunes, played on an unusual and diverse range of instruments, always attract attention.
  Koyuki Tribal Belly Dance

Koyuki Tribal has recently changed its name from Nottingham Tribal Belly Dance. This marks a new and exciting journey for the dance school. Come and see them at their favourite festival of the year!  Often noticed because of the elaborate costumes, fancy steps, exciting music, and sheer beauty of women dancing together, formations and cues are the anchor of improvisational choreography practised by dance groups like Koyuki.

Grimsby Morrismen

Grimsby Morris Men were formed in 1967 so this year will be their fiftieth anniversary! In the summer they dance in the style of Bampton from the Cotswold tradition, winter sees them dancing Border and performing plough plays. Watch out for Stanley the  Hobby Boar!

  Kesteven Morris

Lincolnshire based Kesteven Morris are two teams in one; A men’s team, dancing mainly Cotswold and rapper and a Women’s team dancing Cotswold, North West and Molly.
Founded in 1976 by Trevor Mayfield and Ray Worman, (ex. Albion Morris and the fool that danced the Bacca Pipe Jig on Morris On).
Kesteven Morris ensure their high spirited performances are skilful, enthusiastic and entertaining while taking care never to compromise the spirit of a unique and powerful English Tradition

  Slapdash Appalachian Dancers

Slapdash perform traditional percussive clog dances from the Appalachian mountains of the USA. Most of these dances have undergone changes to survive in the unfamiliar landscape of the Lincolnshire Fens. And others have completely been made up in Pinchbeck. So what we have is the formative stage of what will one day be a traditional Lincolnshire dance form. The dancing is high-energy, noisy and fun to watch.

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