The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

Welcome to the Morris Ring

  • Foot Up from Ravensbourne MM
  • Taylor's Morris - Westminster DoD 2018
  • Great Yorkshire
  • Saddleworth MM process across Tower Bridge
  • Dartington Morris Men and the Vicar of Filkins

The Morris Ring was formed in 1934 and presently is an association of some 180 Morris, Sword and Mummers Clubs and Teams keeping our wonderful traditions alive.

At our 2018 Annual Representatives Meeting there was overwhelming support for a proposal to enable any morris team, whatever its gender make up, to become a member of The Morris Ring if they support the founding principles of the organisation:

“The object of the Morris Ring shall be to encourage the performance of the Morris, to maintain its traditions and to preserve its history; to bring into contact all the Morris Clubs or Teams. The purpose of the Morris Ring is not to replace or supersede the existing organisations, but to sub-serve them. The Clubs shall in all respects retain their independence.”

Now any established Club or Team which meets regularly to enjoy Morris or Sword Dancing or Mumming, and endeavours to uphold the standards and dignity of the Morris, shall be eligible for Membership of the Morris Ring.

Full details of our membership benefits and process can be found on the A guide to Membership page.

You will find all you need to know about our rich historyofficers and contactsmember sidesmusic,  and Ring events within these pages ... and much, much more. Take time to browse our newsletters and announcements, publications and reports and spend your money freely in the Morris Shop.

Looking for a morris side near you?  Try our Find a Side  page.

If you really want to have a good browse through all the content, see our Site Map!

For sides' news and updates, many more photos and chat, visit our more informal Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheMorrisRing(link is external).

And finally, if you want to have the latest news and important updates sent diect to you, become a Subscriber.

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Latest news

10 Nov 2018

The Ring is proposing a Dance and Discussion Day on teaching and improving standards in Morris. This first day is aimed at Cotswold teachers / foremen / forepersons; other events are planned to follow. The intention is for all teachers to experience teaching of both new material and to work on improving standards and consistency, with an opportunity to discuss different approaches once dancing has concluded.

News

News and views from elsewhere in the Morris Ring world

Many morris teams are ending their dancing season and will be returning to their practice halls to perfect next year's performances ... This is usually the best time to join a morris side, and you will probably find the majority of them will be running "taster" sessions or open practice nights where you can meet the side and have a go for your self, be it as a dancer or musician.  You can be certain of a warm welcome and it would be very unusual if there wasn't room for new members! But be warned, this could be a life changing decision - a wonderful one.

A message from our new squire

Introducing our New Dance collator's thoughts and plans.