Dancing is a traditional English form of folkdancing, performed by groups
of men or women. It has been danced for hundreds of years, and passed
down through the generations in the villages of rural England. The dances
are usually performed at festivals
such as May Day, Whitsun and Christmas.
There are several thoughts
to the origins of Morris Dancing. The name may refer
to the possibility of the
dancing coming to
England from the Moors of North Africa; or it may have been called 'Moor-ish'
simply because the dancers sometimes painted their faces black, and people
compared this to the dark-skinned Moors.
The Morris Dancers hold
hankies in their hands, or sticks, and have bell-pads tied at their knees,
which make a loud and cheerful rhythm as they dance.
Introduction to May Day | Maypole Dancing | Morris Dancing
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