Somerset and Dorset Folk Diary

Local Dance Display Teams

Anonymous Morris

Innovative and energetic morris Border Morris team in Poole, Dorset. You need to be fit to keep up with them! They meet on Thursday evenings at St James Church Hall, 5-7 Church Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1JN.

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Babylon

Mixed border morris team. Practice on Wednesdays in Corscombe village hall and have a relaxing drink in the Fox later.

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Beetlecrushers

Clog & Step Dance at Gurney Slade Hall every Wednesday 8-10 p.m.

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Bourne River Morris

Bourne River Morris Men dance in the Cotswold tradition. They practice at The Brunswick Hotel, 199 Malmesbury Park Road, Charminster, Bournemouth, BH8 8PX on Thurdays from 7.30pm, and new dancers are very welcome

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Cam Valley Morris Men

Dance Cotswold Morris. We practise from October to April at the Hunter's Lodge, Priddy (near Wells) on Monday evenings. During the dancing season from 1 May we dance out so there is no practice.

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Chalice Morris Men

Chalice have been dancing for about 26 years now. Presently we consist of 5 musicians and about 15 dancers. During the winter months we practice every Thursday evening from 8.00pm until 10.00pm at the Village Hall in Brent Knoll just off the A38. Most of our dances are Cotswold Morris but we do occasionally venture into Border Morris. New recruits are always welcome, so if you live anywhere near Brent Knoll (near Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset) then why not pop along.! If you are interested, please contact us, you will be welcomed with open arms.

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Dorset Buttons

In the winter meet every Wednesday to practice at URC Hall in Wareham 8.15 to 10pm. Wednesdays in the summer we are out and about dancing in local pubs

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Dorset Buttons Rapper

Well established men's Rapper Sword Dance team based in the Wareham/Poole area. We welcome new members to our practices on Sunday mornings in Sandford. Contact Steve on 01929 480 737 for details.

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Dorstep

We are a small group meeting on Sunday evenings in the winter to learn stepclog steps. We meet in Sandford Scout Hut, Tyneham close, off Keysworth drive, Sandford, Wareham. BH20 We meet from 7pm till around 9pm. Cost 1-2 per night. We would welcome newsomers. Please contact, Helen Earwicker for further information. Phone 01929 480737


Dr Turberville's Morris

Mixed Cotswold Morris since 1982 Location - Wessex Rooms, Broad Street, Somerton TA11 7NB Day - Tuesday 8-10pm Practice season Mid Sept to Late April

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Enigma Morris

Border Morris Side in South Somerset Practice on Mondays at the he Rusty Axe, Stembridge TA12 6BL, 8.00 - 10.00pm.

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Festus Derriman

Festus Derriman is a mixed fun loving Morris team and we would like to welcome new members to join us. We will teach you all you need to know so when you are ready you can dance out with the team In 2008. We practice every Wednesday night in Upwey village hall at 8pm. We have been in existence since early 80?s and we dance from May Day through until September at different venues, Town Squares, Pubs, Fetes, Folk Festivals and any special occasions — you name it we want to do it.

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Frome Valley Morris

This mixed side dance in the Cotswold style. They meet at the Old Town Hall, High West Street, Weymouth DT4 8JH. Practices are every Thursday 7.30-9.30pm and everyone is welcome to come and dance or play. No experience required, all dances and tunes will be taught by experienced workshop leaders. If you are at all interested in keeping fit, performing, maintaining a dance tradition or want to find out more do come along any week.

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Hobos Morris

Hobos Morris 'Ladies'! Border dance side based in Poole, Dorset. Practise on Tuesday evenings from approximately the beginning of October to the end of March

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Knights of King Ina

Cotswold jig side from Somerton. Practice is on Thurdays.

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Mayhem Border Morris

Mixed border morris side. Practice is on Tuesdays at Nynehead Memorial Hall, Near Wellington. TA21 0BT For more information about the side and contact details please check out our website

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Mendip Morris Men

We mostly dance Cotswold Morris but with some dances from the Border and North West traditions. We practice on Monday evenings from October until the end of April in Congresbury Methodist Hall. During the summer we can be found dancing out on Thursday evenings at pubs in the west Mendips area. As one of the most travelled Morris sides in the country we enjoy one or two overseas tours each year (full details and programme are on our website).

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No Mean Feet

Appalachian Dance Team. Meet Tuesdays at West Chinnock Village Hall. Beginners Class 7:30 — All welcome — Followed by intermediates and advanced

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Northgate Rapper

Male rapper side based in Bath, practising every Wednesday from 8pm in the hall of St John the Baptist's church (BA2 6PT). We dance both traditional and modern rapper and welcome with open arms any new dancers or musicians. Let us know on Facebook or Twitter if you'd like to come along in case we're on one of our regular crawls.

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Quayside Cloggies

Founded in Poole in 1985 but now based in Bournemouth, Quayside Cloggies are a ladies clog-morris dance side who dance in the Northwest Tradition and take their dances mainly from Cheshire and Lancashire. The dances were usually of a regimental nature and were performed at Carnival Processions and Rush Bearing in the Northwest of England. Practice at St Lukes Church Hall, St Lukes Rd, Winton. Monday nights 8pm. (phone - 01202 605288)

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Somerset Morrs

Somerset Morris dance Cotswold Morris and the Stave Dances of the West Country Friendly Societies. They are a women's team performing at events; mainly in the UK, but also abroad. Practice is on Thursday evenings at 8pm in Marksbury Village Hall BA2 9HP (just off the A39 near Bath). New dancers and musicians (of either sex) welcome. For bookings and further information phone 07968229628 or email via the web site.

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Southern Star

A new longsword team, welcome both dancers and musicians. Dancers, try something new as you weave over and under swords. Musicians, try the challenge of a dance where the pace can vary between figures and you have to respond to the speed of the dancers. We meet on Monday evenings in Corfe Mullen Library, BH21 3LE, from 7:30 to 9:30. Longsword is a traditional dance from Yorkshire, rarely seen in the south of England. If you're fit and flexible, why not come and join us?

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Steps in Time

Steps In Time are a junior folk dance side. We meet every Friday in Sutton Waldron, near Shaftesbury, Dorset. We do Playford, step and Dorset dances. Our dancers are aged between 4 and 15 at present.

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Sweet Coppin

We meet every Monday night throughout the winter at Trinity Church Hall, Taunton at 8.00pm. and from Easter onwards we dance in local villages, at fetes and Folk Festivals. All are welcome to join as musicians although dancers are ladies only. Our repertoire includes North West Team dances, Clog stepping, and a collection of dances from around the British Isles which we call 'soft shoe' dances.

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Taunton Deane Morris Men

meet on Tuesday evenings between 8 and 10pm at St George's Hall, Fons George, Taunton TA1 3JT (behind the Vivary Arms pub in Wilton Rd) from September to March. We have seriously good musicians and tutors, who will train beginners in traditional Cotswold and Border styles as well as developing new dances to Sharp's Somerset tunes. Men only.

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Treacle Eater Clog

Treacle Eater Clog North West Morris Dancers are now practicing every Monday evening 7.30-9.30pm at the Monmouth Hall, Monmouth Road, YEOVIL BA21 5NP. If you would like to join us or just see if you would enjoy it, then come along to any practice, when you will be given a warm welcome. The practice season is from Autumn through to April, the rest of the year we are out and about performing. For more information contact: Julia on 01935 817905 or Rosemary on 01935 891415

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Wessex Morris Men

Men's Cotswold morris team. Practices are on Mondays, 8:00-10:00, at Pulham Village Hall followed by a sing and a play in the Halsey Arms (just across the road).

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West Somerset Morris Men

Halsway Manor Folk Music Centre, Crowcombe, off A358 between Taunton and Minehead, on Thursdays.

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Wyld Morris

Wyld Morris are a recently formed mixed Morris side of dancers and musicians dancing in the Cotswold tradition. The side was born in the autumn of 2010 out of a love of the Morris and the lack of a local side that would accept a woman dancer! If you think you might like to join us as a dancer or musician, we would love to hear from you. We meet on Wednesday evenings at Monkton Wyld Court, Charmouth at 7.30pm. We are learning as we go so you don't need any experience - just an enthusiasm to keep alive our traditional music and dance.

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Wyvern Jubilee Morris Men

Men's Cotswold morris team. Practices are at The Great Western 47 Camborne Grove, Yeovil BA21 5DG, on Thursdays New members always welcome.

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