Over the last few years year we’ve been overwhelmed by the number of dancers supporting us at our shows with over 150 dance groups with more than 2000 dancers displaying before and after the show.
We’ve collected as much information as we can on the groups and posted them in this special section of our website. Please come down early to support future displays!
Back in 2009 group of like-minded individuals sat and pondered;
Were jelly babies really better than Fox’s Dark Glacier mints? Whose turn was it to buy the cake and coffee? Was London Pride really nearly, but not quite, as nice as Adnams Broadside? Where should you put the apostrophe
in St James’ Hill? Was our favourite colour Magenta 7 or Magenta 8?
Thus were born Pedants’ Revolt. Inspired by a border team from the dark side of the A14, Pedants’ soon had a repertoire of 3 or 4 dances. We now have over a dozen dances, some learnt from other teams, some of our own devising.
Fiddlesticks are an all female dance side with a mixed band formed in 1983 in the village of Swardeston. We dance in the Northwest Morris style wearing black clogs, green skirts, white blouses and black waistcoats and dance with sticks, slings and garlands. We range in age from 20 – 60+ and currently have about 20 regular dancers with a band of 8 regular members. We live in quite a wide area of Norfolk, but our base is Norwich, where we practice every Monday night during the autumn and winter. We dance in pubs in and around Norfolk every Monday night from May to September and also at Folk Festivals and where-ever we are requested to dance be it a hen party, residential homes, garden party, jubilee celebrations, fairs etc. We have an annual tour at the end of May each year and have visited the Mosselle Valley, Saltzburg, Hereford, Kent, Snowdonia and many other places. We come from all walks of life and varying backgrounds, but the one thing we all share is an enthusiasm and energy for our dancing and music, all enjoy learning and performing the intricate patterns of the dances, many of them traditional and named after the places they come from i.e. Churchtown, Fleetwood, Horwich etc. We do it because it’s good fun, good exercise, good friendship and we are proud to be keeping our traditional dancing alive.
Fylde Coast Cloggers
We are a women’s side dancing a very large repertoire of lively traditional dances from the north west of England. We believe that the tradition should be evolving all the time, and to this end we also perform a number of specially composed dances in the traditional style, commemorating significant people and events in our team. Our dances are performed to the rhythms of traditional tunes played on traditional instruments and our trademark red and green costumes are also based on traditional themes. The team is based at Warton near Preston and we are always pleased to welcome new dancers and musicians. The dancers are all women but the musicians also include men. No previous experience is necessary. Anyone interested please email Sue for more information.
Described as, “A contemporary Morris Team who can draw a crowd without resorting to Pantomime” by the English Folk Dance and Song Society, we are the World Record-holding Border Morris side, Stone the Crows, from Leyland in Lancashire. You will find us performing throughout the year at national and local folk and dance festivals. In order to bring our own particular brand of Border Morris to a wider audience we have also made appearances on television, in a number of short films and music videos.
Most of the dances we perform are traditional Border Morris with a twist, while others have been created by members of the team. We wear traditional tatters jackets and top hats, but are distinctive by customising our costumes to look like crows.
In September 2015, as part of our 21st Birthday celebrations, we entered the Guinness Book of World Records for organising the largest synchronised and choreographed Morris dance carried out in a defined area.
The Swords formed in 1968 initially settling on North Skelton dances then adding Papa Stour and rapper. Over the last eighteen years we’ve developed four Southport long sword dances and added the Elgin sword dance. We proudly carry on the tradition of sword dancing in Lancashire, the home of the first historical record of long sword dancing. We like to spread the true faith around the country especially Yorkshire, and welcome new dancers and musicians interested in joining us.