Morris dance, in its true form, is danced for performance, and it can be seen at festivals and open air events throughout the country in the summer months. It can also be an excellent workshop experience for people any age.
There are six different distinct styles of Morris dance, coming from different parts of England. TRADS teaches four of these:
- Border (from the Welsh Borders)
- North West
- Molly Dance (from East Anglia)
Besides dancing the dances, participants can be taught
- the history of the dances and why they evolved in a particular location
- any seasonal aspects of performance
- traditions associated with the dance
- the music played for the dances
- where the dances are danced now and where to see them
Schools: In a school situation, Morris dance is most suitable for KS2 and 3. It hits a number of curriculum categories including PE, history, geography, music and maths. It is an excellent way of working on social skills and spacial awareness and of building co-operation and teamwork. Morris dance can be taught as a part of a curriculum topic. It sits well beside other dance forms in a school ‘Day of Dance’ or ‘World Folk’ event and can be a part of an after-school club. A Morris workshop can be a one-off experience, or can be a part of a series leading to a performance.
Additional associated activities include teaching school musicians to play for the dances, and helping a group to make costumes for their performance.
Youth Groups: Morris dance makes a fun activity for youth clubs and for assiciations such as Guides, Scouts and Woodcraft Folk.
Corporate Events: Morris dance involves working in a group and co-operating with other people. It is therefore an excellent team building excercise.
Co-operation with Other Dance Forms: Morris dance can be taught to practitioners in other dance forms to make an exciting fusion of styles.