The founding National Association of Morris and Sword Dance Clubs

First Class Stamp have arrived

First Class Stamp have arrived

At the Morris Ring's Annual Representatives' Meeting held in Cannock on Saturday (22nd March) First Class Stamp were elected to Full Membership of the Morris Ring,, progressing from their previous Associate Members status.

First Class Stamp started up in 1990, as an offshoot of Broomfield Clog, Nuneaton’s established Step-Clog  team. A team member visited Kentucky and came back with a repertoire of Appalachian steps, which she wanted to teach the team. This went ahead in tandem with the Clog, until joining the wave of Appalachian teams emerging on the English Folk Dance scene, First Class Stamp replaced Broomfield. Music was provided principally by a fiddle player, who continued with the team until 2018; he was joined by accordion about 14 years ago, and more recently by banjo as well. The latter two are now the regular music.

The team’s dance style is known as “Buck and Wing”, characterised by vigorous stepping with the feet lifted high. The repertoire is of choreographed dances for two or more, mostly created by the team, but some modified from dances borrowed from others. The membership numbers have fluctuated over the years, as is usual, and currently stand at 8 regular dancers, and 2 musicians. Others who are away at University turn out as and when. The team dances out regularly during the Summer and occasionally at Festivals, most notably at Chippenham for the last three years.

They have already been welcomed at several events with other Ring members, and we look forward to seeing even more of them.

For more details go to their Find a Side page.