On Saturday 18 April the streets, squares and open spaces of Bristol Central Areas will be filled with the sound and spectacle of over fifty teams of Morris Dancers from across the country. They will be in the city for the Joint Morris Organisations’ National Day of Dance, a spectacular celebration of this traditional form of street entertainment that has been held in a different town or city each year since 2007.
Each year the JMO Day of Dance is held in a different location. The hosting of the Day of Dance rotates between the three organisations with a morris side from that org. offering to plan and run the day.
In 2015 the Day of Dance will be held in Bristol. It is hosted by Rag Morris on behalf of Open Morris.
The Morris Ring invites member sides to send delegates to its annual Jigs Instructional; the event is led by the renowned Geoff Jerram and offers Morris men at ALL levels of competence a full weekend of high-quality dance coaching – even those who don't aspire to performing jigs in public.
Using the solo dance as a vehicle for instruction, this event will give you a good basic grounding in the art and science of Cotswold Morris in general and the Morris Jig in particular.
The 2015 ARM will be held at Oak Farm Hotel, Watling Street, Hatherton, Cannock, (Handy for the M6). It is a one night (Saturday) ARM; we appreciate that this will mean an early start for many on the Saturday morning but it will save you money. Application form available here.
A Regional Joint Morris Organisation, Day of Dance hosted by the Hartley Morris Men will be held in Tonbridge in West Kent on Sunday 12 July 2015
Morris and Sword sides have been invited to apply for this day of dance which is being held in conjunction with the 9th SIBA South East of England Beer Festival. The Beer Festival is being held in the grounds of the Tonbridge Juddians Rugby Club, (TN9 1HR), which is located behind Tonbridge Castle and close to the Railway Station and High Street with its pubs and restaurants.
Robin Springett reflects on a brilliant final year of office beginning in Easter at Bacup in far the North West, before handing over the Morris Ring badge of office to Adam Garland in deepest, sun dazzled Dartmouth.
This weekend's Dartington Ring meeting saw the Squire Elect, Adam Garland "dance in" to office. Teams from North, South, East and West of the country gathered together to see Robin Springett, the outgoing Squire, dance the final jig of his tenure before handing over to Adam. Members of his own side , East Suffolk MM were there for the occasion, including Mike Garland, past Ring Squire and Adam's very proud father.
Inspire future generations of morris dancers.
Whether you are an experienced morris dancer, teacher or morris side, or just starting out and keen to pass on the morris traditions, this conference offers a fantastic opportunity to learn more about teaching morris dancing to young people. This day will inspire you, connect you and feed your ideas for the delivery of great morris dancing sessions!
In 2014 the Morris 18-30 will visit Leicester for the weekend of 17-19 October.
The finest weekend on the Morris calendar, now celebrating two years without a broken bone!
Morris 18-30 provides a network for young Morris Men. Its primary activity is to organise an annual weekend, hosted by a Morris Ring side, to which all young Morris Men are invited. Morris 18-30 also seeks to represent the views of all young Morris Men.
The aim is to encourage a group of energetic young men who, whilst representing their own local teams, can dance together helping to push the Morris Ring into the future.
Saddleworth Rushcart in 2014 falls on the Bank Holiday weekend of Friday 22nd August to Sunday 24th August. As you may know, 2014 is our 40th birthday as a side and also the 40th Saddleworth Rushcart, since we revived the local tradition after a c.50 year break. We are delighted to be sharing our celebrations with the Morris Ring in its 80th year.
Thaxted MM host their Annual Morris Meeting from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June following their tried and tested format: The meeting starts on the Friday evening with sessions in all of the Thaxted pubs and informal dancing at The Star. After leisurely tours of some splendid village pubs in the outstanding North Essex countryside during the day on Saturday we then reach the main event of the weekend. This consists of the two processions that meet in Town Street followed by two massed shows of massed and show dances with a feast in the interval. This culminates in the Horn Dance, the climax, in front of an appreciative audience of several hundred people.
In September, Cotswold Morris Ring sides in the eastern area cooperated to offer a dance workshop to their young dancers (under 18s), mentored by several men aged 18-20. The Morris Ring is to support two further workshops in March with the aim of developing a young men’s side ready to give displays at the Cambridge JMO day of dance and the Thaxted meeting of the Morris Ring. We would like to extend participation in this project to experienced young dancers in Cotswold sides outside the eastern area.