no idea....but I remember when I was young at school - I think Morris dancing is traditional english dancing or something cos when we were young the boys got made to do that and we girlees danced round the huge pole in the playground each one holding a ribbon attached to the top of the pole. I was ALWAYS in trouble for getting everyone tangled up (that was my earliest memories of being in trouble at school - it just escalated from there !!). back to the subject... Even when I was six those morris dancing class mates of mine put me off !!
Look, I am a belly dancer - never danced professionally but I DO belly dance, wether it be in the club, the cabaret, on the dance floor, on the beach or in the bedroom, and I think men look better dancing hip hop.
Morris is a very traditional men's dance in England (possibly other parts of the UK too, I'm not sure, but mostly English I think). It's done in groups called Morris sides - there are womens sides too nowadays but traditionally it is very much a mens dance. There are apparently fertility roots to it
Different sides and regions have their own variations in costumes, props, dances and music. Here are some YouTubes!
According to my source (husband who has a friend who does it!) it nearly died out in the 1950's or so but got revived by enthusiasts. It has a bit of an image problem in that the stereotype image is of strange beardy folky blokes drinking real ale (beer), but since bellydancers have to fight the stripper/lapdancer image I suppose we shouldn't disrespect them. After all, they seem to be having fun too.
I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!! I was particularly intrigued with the guys from Oxford who had the sticks and the Aldbury dancers also. And the different tempos, and the concertinas!! I would like to see them live!
Thank you for sharing this footage. The strick stuff was interesting and proof positive that movement does happen in a rather universal way and often with much the same basic meaning. I saw much that was similar to the Takhtib dances of Egypt, but the essence was definately Eurpoean instead of Egyptian. So wonderful to see the differences and similarities.