Dancing the Maypole -- Nat & others

Ania theania at freeuk.com
Wed Jun 12 18:05:09 EDT 2002

There is a Morris side who are bikers and dance dressed in leather and big
boots and with metal pipes for sticks etc. And I saw a picture just recently
of S&M Morris - leather, basques, stockings... Hysterical and satisfyingly
> What most people think of as "Morris", i.e. the white clothes,
> hankies and sticks, is actually only one part of English ritual
> dance, of which many varieties are also called "morris": Clog morris
> in the northwest, Border Morris along the Welsh borders, long sword
> and rapper sword from Yorkshire and environs, molly dancing, garland
> dancing, and a variety of one-off traditions including  the Padstow
> and Helston May celebrations, the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, and the
> Abrams Circle Dance. The distinctions between Morris and country
> dance are mostly class ones: many of the dances we do are thought to
> be derived in part from social dances they did up at the manor...
> And yes, you should be very very afraid of the Morris: see
> http://www.mit.edu/~jcb/AntiMorris/
> -Nat Case
> Juggler Meadow Morris Men
> http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~amcardle/Juggler_Meadow.html
> Ramsey's Braggarts  http://www.hamline.edu/~thodapp/morris/ramsey.html
> Great Northern Border

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