About

Where can we find you?

At festivals, days of dance, or dancing in the garden of our favourite pub. We practice all year round on Thursday evenings in Bedford. Check out our calendar if you want to find us, or contact us if you are interested in joining or booking us for an event.

As of Summer 2020, we are temporarily online only. If you’d like to know more about joining us, send us a message and we can let you know when we start dancing again.

 

Why morris dancing?

Because we enjoy it, we have all made new friends, we get to go to great events across the country, and it’s a fun way to keep fit.

 

What is morris dancing?

Morris is a tradition of English dancing as a form of display. Accompanied by music, dancers may use sticks, bells, hankies and more, and it ranges from military-style processions of the North West to graceful capering from the Cotswolds or stick-shattering enthusiasm.

 

Who’s who?

Squire – a traditional term for the person in charge of a Morris side. They organise our dance outs, respond to enquiries and generally looks after us. If you send us an email the Squire will probably be the person who replies.

Foreperson – they run our practices and teach us the dances.

Dancers – a motley bunch, who will welcome newcomers of all ages, genders and abilities.

Musicians – dancing is a lot more fun with music! Our band is a team of musicians playing a mix of melodeon, fiddle, whistle, drum and more.

 

I’ve never done morris dancing before. What do I need to know?

All newcomers welcome, no experience needed. Come along to a practice to find out more, and check out our Youtube to see us in action.

These are some of the things we might talk about:

  • Side – the collective word for a group of Morris dancers
  • Practice – our weekly meetup where we…er…practice
  • Bag – we take a break halfway through practice to rest and make plans
  • Set – the range of dances we can perform
  • Cotswold – a style of dance from the Cotswolds
  • Border – a style of dance originally from the English-Welsh border, often danced in rag coats
  • Rag coat or ‘rags’ – a coat with tatters, small pieces of cloth sewn on to it
  • Officers – those who organise the side, including the Squire and Foreperson
  • Traditional – when is a dance traditional? Some dances are recorded as having been danced for decades, and this is what people usually refer to as traditional dances. Morris dancing is always evolving, and new dances are being created all the time, we’ve even written a few. Find out more about our dances here
Red Cuthbert wearing their rag coats