By Maxine Wolstenholme @maxinewolstenh1 News Editor. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); during the 1970s, some made contact with people who had danced in the 1920s and 1930’s and the team learn the dance from Aughton (near Ormskirk) from one of these contacts. Girls’ morris dancing—sometimes described as ‘carnival’ or ‘fluffy’ morris, but known simply as ‘morris’ or ‘troupe’ dancing in the communities of which it is a part—is a highly competitive team formation dance from the Northwest of England and parts of North Wales. Leigh West Park Morris Dancing Troupe has been established since 1968 and in 2008 will celebrate 40 years of dancing.Our troupe has a reputation of being one of the premier morris dancing troupe of its kind in the area. 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; Many first-time witnesses liken it to modern Irish stepdance, or mistake it for the American import, cheerleading, although girls’ morris dancing is (at least) several decades older (Adams and Bettis, 2003). _gaq.push(['_setAllowHash', false]); Other photographs are more formally posed; troupes cluster around a glut of trophies or a hand-painted shield, grinning proudly for the camera, wearing waistcoats heavy with medals. It is continually changing to meet the needs of its practitioners. Dubbed the ‘Inspire Morris Dancers’, the group collected their very own uniforms earlier this week and hope to put them to good use throughout 2019. Morris was historically gendered male (Sharp, 1912: 42) and women’s participation—where it was acknowledged at all—was typically portrayed as a substitution, or borrowing from the men’s dance. Troupes devise and polish a single dance per year; selecting new music and creating costumes, drawing on an active network of trainers and supporters. We are a Morris Dancing troupe based in Wythenshawe, Manchester and are always looking for new or old dancers to come and join us between the ages of 4yrs - 30+ yrs. Ethnomusicologist and artist, Dr Lucy Wright reflects on her ongoing fieldwork within the  girls’ Morris community …. Adams, Natalie Guice and Bettis, Pamela, J. The troupe is run primarly by our troupe principal Beverley Collins and her friend and assistant principal Pauline Prytharch and mid-dinky trainer Lorraine Timpson. I spend more than 18 months researching and making work about girls’ morris dancing. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? Later on, I attend weekly competitions hosted in out-of-town sports halls and suburban community centres, and am almost overwhelmed by the popularity and vibrance of this female-led tradition, conducted largely under-the-radar of the English folk movement in which I came of age. A troupe of girls’ morris dancers compete at English Town and Country Carnival Organisation (ETACCO) championships © 2013 L Wright. (www.sheffield.ac.uk/music/staff/academic/lucy-wright). However, despite surface dissimilarities, preliminary research indicates that girls’ morris dancing shares key aspects of its history with other forms of North West morris, with roots in the popular town carnival movement, of the mid-19th to late 20th century, at which troupes of ‘morris dancers’, male and female, single and coed, were a prominent feature. It is a Very successful Morris Dancing Troupe that frequently win weekly competitions & end of year championships. Shardenaires Morris Dancing Troupe, Chorley. Morris dancer David Young, who has been dancing with the troupe for the past seven years, said he was disgusted that folk dancers were treated ‘like yobs’. Practice is … To see further information about a side just zoom Leigh West Park Morris Dancing Troupe has been established since 1968 and in 2008 will celebrate 40 years of dancing.Our troupe has a reputation of being one of the premier morris dancing troupe of its kind in the area. Although from time to time we do dance with other organisations. function utmx_section(){}function utmx(){} Revolution Morris Dancers founded in 2011 based in Ainsdale are a friendly non-profit organistaion. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? Well, for me, girls’ morris represents an important space for self-organisation and creativity. The following two tabs change content below. The map below shows where all Morris Ring member sides are based (both in the UK and overseas). _gaq.push(['gwo._setAccount', 'UA-230305-28']); (1960, 1986) ’The North-West morris – a general survey,’ Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, Vol. Girls’ morris dancing—sometimes described as ‘carnival’ or ‘fluffy’ morris, but known simply as ‘morris’ or ‘troupe’ dancing in the communities of which it is a part—is a highly competitive team formation dance from the Northwest of England and parts of North Wales. We would start off in a straight line marching with hands on our hips to music, then split off into various dance routines. Others are the first in their families to dance. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; At the same time, girls’ morris dancing had—and continues to—visibly evolve, Maud Karpeles suggesting that, ‘instead of adhering to the traditional mode of dancing, [girls’ morris troupes] have been tempted to introduce new features and develop the dance on lines that are calculated to win the approbation of the judge and the audience’ (Karpeles, 1930: 5) while Daniel Howison and Bernard Bentley asserted that it had ‘almost entirely lost touch with its traditional roots’ (1960: 44). Our troupe principal Bev, and her assistants, Pauline and Lorraine, are all ex-morris dancers and with over 70 years experience between them, they provide excellent training and coaching for girls of all abilities and ages. 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