Morris dancers throughout North
England will gather together with their sticks, ribbons, bells,
hankies, and baldrics, for music and dance in our annual May Day
celebrations (this year Friday, May 1st, 2020). We dance to
wake up the Sun and keep it coming back up for a whole year!
Besides being a great deal of fun, does this show dedication or
what?! You may have noticed that it works, too.
Be a part of it. Show up while it’s dark and watch the Sun make its
grand entrance. See the spectacle! Watch the magic!
Cheer the dancers! Join in the celebration! Wonder
why you’re up at this hour! Wear whatever you want, but bring
layers - it may be cold this early in the morning.
FIND A MAYDAY CELEBRATION NEAR YOU
Sunrise and event starting times can
vary significantly depending on location or weather.
You may need
to reach a specific team's contact (squire) directly to find out
more about the local schedule.
Look for the
- it means the info is definitely current for this year.
Meanwhile, taste the imagery of
Ceremony of May
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PACIFIC TIME ZONE
- 5:30 am Vancouver Morris Men and Tiddley Cove Morris dance up the dawn at
Sparrow Fart in
Trimble Park (West
8th Av & Trimble St) in West
Point Grey, Vancouver, BC V6R 4G9
- 7:00 am - Off to breakfast and seasonal singing at a local
- For more information email or
||: May Day 2016: To the Market - an original Tiddley Cove dance written
by June Harman (Dance), Nini Ury (Music)
Gabriola Island, BC with
|Drumbegger Border Morris will be dancing the May this year for
2nd time. Come out and support them! Be a part of history!
- 5:30 am - meet in the parking lot of
Drumbeg Provincial Park (south end of
Gabriola Island), process to hill top, dance up the sun and sing in the May.
- Afterwards Gorilla dance outs around the island.
- For more information, check the team
Facebook page, or email or call 250-247-7935
Island Thyme Morris, and
Island Thyme Morris Quicksbottom Morris
- Continuing their 20+-year tradition, the Victoria sides will gather around 5:30 am at
Clover Point, located on the
Victoria waterfront along Dallas
Road just east of Beacon Hill Park. See a variety of dance styles with Hollytree performing Cotswold, Island Thyme performing Northwest, and
Quicksbottom performing Border. The Maypole goes up around 5:30 am and dancing will begin soon after.
There's also community dancing (audience participation) and a Spiral Dance after sun-up. Feel free to gather some of the May Pole garlands
and take them home. It's usually a windy affair, but on a
clear morning, the view of the sun coming over Mount Baker is
definitely worth it.
- Afterwards, there's a potluck champagne breakfast for dancers and friends at someone's home. Let us know you're coming and we'll invite you too!
- For more information (including other possible events during the day)
contact the teams
Seattle, WA with
North by North West Morris,
Sound and Fury Morris,
The Mossyback Morris Men, and
Misty City Morris
- Dancers will gather about 30 minutes before sunrise (5:52 am) at
Gas Works park.
- The entrance is located on the north side of lake Union, at
3300 Burke Ave N, Seattle WA.
- Dancing will be on the southern most point of the park near the water. Don't be surprised if there's singing
of May songs as well.
- Dancing continues until about 7:00 am.
- For more information:
- North by North West - email the or call Libby 206-323-7519
or Judy 206-634-2535, see their
- Sound and Fury Morris - contact us
- MossyBack Morris - contact us
- Misty City Morris - or call 425-865-9368
Portland, OR with Bridgetown Morris Men,
Renegade Rose Morris,
Wild Rose Garland
with special guests Raven's Magic
- Join us before sun up at the front of Pittock Mansion,
3229 NW Pittock Dr, Portland OR 97210
- 5:45-ish am - Start with the Abbotts Bromley Horn Dance
- 5:50-ish am - Start dance rotations with Morris teams.
- 7:05-ish am - Maypole dance for any that will.
- 7:15-ish am - Leave for private breakfast as a team member's home.
- 10:00 am - Bridgetown performs until noon or so at
815 SW Park Av, Portland, OR 97205
- 11:00 am & 11:30 am - Wild Rose Garland perform with audience participation at the
Vancouver Arts Academy,
3101 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98663
- 12:00 noon-ish - Lunch & pub sing for those who will at
Rogue Hall public house near PSU,
1717 SW Park Av.
- Contact the individual teams for more information:
- Bridgetown Morris Men: see their Facebook page, email
- Renegade Rose Morris: email or call 503-860-6611
- Wild Rose Garland: email or call 503-544-7967
Eugene, OR with
Two Rivers Morris
- 5:30 am - dancing at the "Sun" bike-trail mile marker in
Alton Baker Park.
- Afterwards, it's breakfast with the team at a to-be-determined location. Then
most of us wander off (but with purpose) to our day-jobs.
- For more information, check the team
Facebook page, or contact .
Coos Bay, OR with
Side of the Tide
Sebastopol, CA with Apple Tree Morris
- 5:30 am - Come help Apple Tree Morris celebrate the beauty of Spring in Sonoma County as we dance up the sun on May Day
in the parking lot behind the
Sebastopol Community Center Youth Annex, 425
Morris Street, in Sebastopol. The dancing goes through
sunrise and a little bit more (around 6:20 am), and then you are
welcome to join us for a potluck breakfast at 7:00 am at Wischemmann
Hall (bring something to share).
- There will be morris dancing to watch and country dances everyone can do, as well as wonderful music and
singing. We'd love it if you'd join us for this celebration! Dress warmly, since it tends to be chilly before dawn, and you may want a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.
- From Santa Rosa and points east: Get onto Highway 12 around Sebastopol. Turn right/north at the light onto Morris Street, and park when the
street turns left.
- From Sebastopol: Get onto Highway 12 heading towards Santa Rosa, and at the first light outside of town (at
the sign for The Barlow), turn left/north onto
Morris Street and park when the street turns left.
- Later that day....they usually tour local schools and parks.
Contact the team for details.
- For more information, email , call 707-823-6925, or see their
San Francisco, CA with
- Meet at
Christmas Tree Point on Twin Peaks Blvd around 5:45 am, in the parking lot overlooking downtown, the East Bay and (in theory) the rising sun.
Dancing starts around 6:00 am.
- There's likely more dancing
during the day - details on their
- For EXACT directions and more information, email
or call Heather at (510) 653-7507
Berkeley, CA with
- 5:00 am to 6:45 am - Gather at
Inspiration Point, high up on Wildcat Canyon Road in
Park. The Abbots's Bromley is expected to commence at 5:20 am or thereabouts., sunrise expected at 6:13 am.
- 10:00 am-ish Solano Ave at Colusa (across the street from Peet's and iScream)
- 11:00 am-ish UC Berkeley's North Gate (Hearst & Euclid)
- 12:00 noon-ish Upper Sproul Plaza, Berkeley campus (a short walk from the previous stop)
- For more information contact the
Palo Alto, CA with Deer Creek Morris Men
Kitchen Sink Molly
- 5:30 am to 7:00 am - Meet at the
Palo Alto Baylands
(take Embarcadero East from the US-101 to the end of the road, turn left, go past the airport, bear right, past the
Duck Pond and the Ranger Station and park in the first lot on the left (before crossing the river).
- Watch in entranced silence to the strains of the haunting Abbots
Bromley Horn Dance
- Join in as everyone learns English Country or Morris dances for all. Yes! We actually teach these!
- Deer Creek may attend May Day at the Oakland Zoo. Ask a
team member for details.
- For more information email the squire for
- 6:00 am - Meet at the Lighthouse,
701 on West Cliff Drive (take Hwy 1, turn on Bay St. towards the ocean, go all the way to the end, then right onto West Cliff
Drive - leave extra time to find parking.
- 7:00 am - breakfast at the Zackary's Restaurant, 819 Pacific Ave
- For more information check our website or contact squire
Santa Barbara, CA with
Pacific Sword Company as part
- 6:00 am - pursuing our annual tradition of sleeping in.
- 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Revels hosts its annual
May Day celebration at
Center Court of the
Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center on State Street in downtown Santa
Barbara. There's lots of spectacle and audience participation:
- Sing special Spring songs with Revels Songleader, Adam Phillips.
- Learn seasonal dances.
- Make flower garlads and nosegays.
- Enjoy performance by the Revels
- Come join in the May Pole celebration and learn how to weave the
ribbons 'round the pole.
- For more information, email .
Los Angeles, CA with Rising Phoenix Morris
- 5:45 am - Venice Pier: use the parking lot at the
end of Washington Blvd (Ocean is the last main cross street) - in anticipation for the 6:00 am sunrise (you should be
able to find a Washington off-ramp from I-405 and head west).
- Breakfast is at a nearby cafe after the dancing.
- For more information email squire or call 818-416-8845
San Diego, CA with
- Meet us before dawn at the top of Mount Soledad Park in La Jolla. Arrive early to hike up the hill.
- 5:45 am - Dance up the sun on Mount Soledad Cross
Soledad Park Road
- 6:30 am - Breakfast at Harry's Coffee Shop, 7545 Griard Ave, in La Jolla
- Locations/Directions (directions are progressive):
- Mira Mesa and I15: Take I15 South to SR163. Keep Right on to SR163. Take the SR52 exit to go West. Go
straight over I5 onto La Jolla Parkway. Turn Left at the Torrey Pines Road Intersection. Go up Hidden Valley Road
until it T's into Via Capri. Turn Right onto Via Capri. Wind up the mountain until that T's into Soledad Road and La
Jolla Scenic Drive. Turn left onto Soledad Road and drive through the gate, if it is open, or park if it is not.
- Soledad Mountain (From I5): Take Garnet West to Soledad Mountain Road.
Turn Right/North on Soledad Mountain Road and go till it ends in a T. Turn Right onto La Jolla Scenic Drive.
Drive into the Soledad Natural Park and look for morris dancers.
- To Harry's - (from Soledad Mountain): From the park head back down Via Capri
La Jolla Parkway and Torrey Pines Road. Go West on Torrey Pines Road, Left on Girard at the Von's. Harry's should be
right there on your left (across from the Von's Parking lot).
- For more information, email squire
MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE
Edmonton, AB with
- 5:45 am
Wilbert McIntyre Park at the covered gazebo in Strathcona beside
the Farmers Market
- Dancing starts at sunrise, around 5:58 am. Bring your own
thermos - it can be quite chilly. There will be a traditional
sword fruitcake to share. There is an offering of dried flowers
and sometimes a small fire or candle lighting and recite a blessing
- For more information, email the team
or call +1-780-475-1826
||Magpie Morris Dancers teach a dance to the public, Beltane 2016
Denver, CO with
Maroon Bells Morris and maybe
Breathless in Berthoud Border Morris
Come see these free performances from almost the only morris dancers
in the Rocky Mountain Time Zone! You can thank us now - we
dance so you don't have to!
7:00 am Team breakfast and annual general meeting for Colorado
Morris Inc to follow.11:00 am to 11:30 am - Senior Living,
Louisville.Contact us for info if you interested in joining us
for breakfast or the Senior Living set.For more information, email squire
or call 303-870-8671
- Due to a tear in the space-time continuum because Arizona doesn't
do daylight savings time, we actually dance up the sun on Friday
night, May 2. Go figure!
- 7:00 pm - We're (drinking and then) dancing at Phoenix's First
Friday, staring at the
The Lost Leaf (914 N 5th St), and then proceeding to dance in
the surrounding blocks where the other First Friday events are.
- For more information (including directions), email
or call 480-286-2122.
CENTRAL TIME ZONE
Omaha, NE with Prairie
- We are likely to do a few dances out in the street in the neighborhood. This is good for scaring the dogs and
puzzling/amusing the neighbors. However, its mostly about keeping the faith.
- For more information, email or call 402-553-2562
Minneapolis, MN with Bells of the North,
Ramsey's Braggarts, and
Bells of the North
The Twin Cities has a joint Sun Up ceremony, located on the
Gorge River Park in Minneapolis at the top of the bluff overlooking the
Mississippi River in Minneapolis, where 36th Street 'T's with West River
Parkway. Just follow the sound of the bells.
- Most people show up between 5:30 am and 5:50 am. The Abram Circle
dance starts promptly at dawn and is open to anyone who knows the dance
- no need to be active on one of the morris sides. Typically we have 100+ participants in the
Dance. After the Abram Circle the teams continue to do mass dances
interspersed with one or two show dances from each team, typically in the order of team seniority.
- We rotate through the local sides (Braggarts, Bellos of the North,
Uptown on the Lake, Brackleberry, others) and we'll sing May Day songs.
- After Sun up, those who don't need to rush off to work join for a mass breakfast at
the "Egg and I". Then the teams typically split up and do guerilla dancing at
various places around the Twin Cities (sometimes with two more teams,
sometimes solo). As this varies from year to year there is no 'map' to the guerilla morris
- Around 5:00 pm the teams will dance and process down
Nicollet Mall, (located
here) starting at both ends and meeting at the
IDS Center around 6:00
- For additional information, see the teams' websites or email Upton's squire
Madison, WI with
Oak Apple Morris
- 5:45am to 8:00am - dance up the sun at
off of University Bay Drive, followed by Maypole dancing and
singing around a bonfire. We pass the winter witch for people
to put their worries on, and then pass spring maiden for people to
put their hopes on.
- Around 8:00am - we head off to breakfast
and anyone may join us.
- Additional locations TBD. Please check our
- For more information, email squire
St. Louis, MO with
- 5:45am - meet at
The Jewel Box in Forest Park located at
Wells and McKinkey Dr in St. Louis, MO
- All are welcome, and over the years quite a crowd has accumulated! Dancing continues for at least an hour and usually longer.
Sometimes there is a Maypole, but there is always singing (song
sheets provided). Breakfast follows at a mysterious location
to be revealed.
- For more information, email front person or call 314-560-2778
EASTERN TIME ZONE
Burlington, VT with
On the Border
Rockport, ME with Highland Mary
Thetford, VT with
Four Corners Morris,
Green Mountain Morris,
Maple Leaf Morris,
- 5:30am to 7:00am - Dance up the sun at the Thetford
Thetford Hill, VT
(exit 14 from I-91).
Sometimes there's a Maypole as well.
- Breakfast usually follows at a Four Corners Morris member's
house in South Strafford. Details at the event itself.
- This is Motley Morris at its best and anyone can participate.
Sometimes there are different sets of a dance, each one in a
- For more information, email or call 802-672-1244.
||Watch Maple Leaf Morris as the sun peeks over the horizon on
May Day 2010
Putney, VT with Putney Morris Men, and
Putney Mountain Morris
- Continue the 20+ year tradition of morris dancing for Mayday sunrise on the top of Putney Mountain (a 1 mile hike in from the Putney Mountain Parking lot at the top of
Putney Mountain Road.
Park by 5am to walk up and see dancing at 5:30am (and hopefully
sunrise at 5:45am) with a crowd of 75+ onlookers (if the weather is good, 40+ if rainy/snowy).
- 6:45a - Dancing at the Putney Town Hall, after which the teams retire to the
Putney Diner for their end-of-season breakfast.
- For more information, email squires
Toronto, ON Canada with Toronto
Morris Men, Toronto Women's Sword, Orange Peel Morris,
Green Fiddle Morris,
Belles of York,
Cold Barn Morris, Half Crown Clog, and others
- 5:45 am - gather to dance the sun up in High Park in Toronto, across from the
Grenadier restaurant. Mimosas and orange juice with strawberries are on hand.
- Each team will dance twice in order of rotation, and there will be a few mass (any who will) dances, and a couple
of regular songs led by members of the community. A crier announces each group for the audience.
- This is the 39th May Day for the Toronto Morris Community. 2017 will mark the 40th anniversary of
Green Fiddle Morris.
- Afterwards, cross the street to the Grenadier restaurant, or head back to the house of a member of one of the teams for
a pot-luck breakfast.
- There is a "Wake the City Tour" for Green Fiddle Morris and Friends after breakfast. Anyone interested
in joining the Tour should contact
- For more general information, email or
Syracuse, NY with
Heartwood Morris Dancers of Ithaca,
Bassett Street Hounds,
Snowbelt Morris of Rochester, hosted by
- 6:00 am to 7:30 am - Dancing at dawn at the
Water tower in Thornden Park, Syracuse. Dawn dancing
includes a topical mummer's play, singing, and a Maypole dance for
all (sequence will be taught). Coffee and morris cake will be
provided. But WAIT! There's lots more details provided
Thornden - or email
Marlboro, VT with
Marlboro Morris and Sword, along with the
Marlboro Morris Men,
- Our "floating May Day" happens on the first Saturday in May,
- No formalized schedule at this time, but will start around 10:00
am on South Rd in Marlboro around 1-1/2 miles from Rt 9, and proceed
dancing at several houses, stopping for lunch at 1598 South Road.
- 2:00 pm - dance at Battleboro Farmers' Market
- For more information, email squire
Nelson, NH with Firebird and
Jack in the Green
- 5:42 am to sunrise - dancing at Memorial Field the
Dublin School, Dublin, NH (please park behind our new visual
arts building - Gillespie Hall on William North Road off the Harrisville Road, and walk to the upper field).
- For more information email Firebird contact
or Jack in the Green squire .
Albany, NY with
Pokingbrook Morris Dancers
Pokingbrook Morris has been dancing up the sun in
Washington Park in Albany for 40 years.
- 6:30 am ("morris dawn") - gather near the Moses statue that faces
Madison Avenue, and dance for an hour or more.
- Afterwards, adjourn to a local diner for breakfast, bringing many
of our regular fans with us.
- 2:30 pm - After dancing on a village green or two, arrive at
in Berne NY, for a maypole, picnic, more morris dancing, and a
- Anyone who can't make it for the early morning dancing and/or
wants to catch up with the tour later on should email
call 518-464-8603 and leave a message.
Grand Rapids, MI with
Bells of River City
- 6:00 am - Heartside Park, Grand Rapids
- For more information, email co-squires
video of Bells of River City May Day 2009
Ann Arbor, MI with
- 6:00 am to 7:30 am - Meet on the overlook down the high-road path from the
Geddes street entrance to
- Dancing starts around 6:15 am.
- We do Morris dances, traditional May songs, and always at least one
audience participation dance.
- When that's done, we dance in the Diag in Ann Arbor, then go somewhere
to breakfast and sometimes dance some more afterwards.
- For details on the day's schedule other information, email the ,
or check out the team
with this and many other events.
video of Ann Arbor Morris
Montague, MA with
Stick'n the Mist Border Morris
and a host of others.
- Due to a warp in the time-space continuum, Montague May Day has
shifted to May 5th. It starts at 10:30 am at the Montague
Center. There will be a parade down the main street (starting
around 11:00 am), Maypole dancing, numerous teams of various flavors
dance, and singing.
- For more information, email the team
Chesterfield, MA with Borderline Morris
- Dancing the sun up around 5:00 am at the Chesterfield Gorge, in
West Chesterfield, MA 01084.
- There will be Morris dancing, singing, tossing Old Man Winter into the gorge! All are welcome!
- Bring a snack if wanted, and warm clothes/blankets!
- Afterwards, the team has a potluck breakfast in Worthington.
- For more information, email or call 413-325-4039.
Amherst (area), MA with Juggler Meadow Morris Men,
Johnny Jump Ups,
Hart's Brook Garland,
Marlboro Morris Men,
Wake Robin Morris,
And Sometimes Y Manx,Morris & Sword
Juggler Meadow Morris Men
Hart's Brook Garland Women
Wake Robin Morris
And Sometimes Y
- Dancing the sun up (around 5:00-6:00 am):
- Hart's Brook, Juggler Meadow, Johhny Jump Ups,
Sometimes Y Manx, Morris & Sword at the Shutesbury
- Marlboro Morris Men,
Poets Seat in Greenfield
- Wake Robin Morris, from about 5:15 am to 6:30 am, on top of
Mt. Pollux in So. Amherst, dancing and singing until after
the sun has cleared the horizon.
- But wait! There's more - most teams do tour after the sunrise thing and breakfast.
Tours on don't go very late, and usually there's a late lunch
gathering somewhere in downtown Amherst, on a restaurant's patio
if the weather is good.)
- Around 8:45am or 9:00am after breakfast - Wake Robin Morris
dances near the permiculture gardens at UMASS until about 9:45am.
The rest of the day they are dancing at day care centers and nursing
homes (not open to the public).
- Rumored appearances - check with the team's contact to confirm:
- After sun-up, And Sometimes Y tours local elementary schools with
Johnny Jump Ups. Schools are TBD, but check their Facebook page
for more details.
- For more information, contact the team(s):
- And Sometimes Y, email
- Hart's Brook, email
- Johnny Jump Ups, email
- Juggler Meadow, email or 413-320-9598
- Wake Robin Morris, email or call 413-834-8761
||Wake Robin Morris dancing Nutting Girl
as a jig for all of the team who went on the tour to England, at Stone Henge July 2016.
Boston, MA with Newtowne Morris Men
and the Country Dance Society - Boston Center
hosting Red Herring Morris,
Pinewood Morris Men,
Muddy River Morris,
Banbury Cross Morris,
and Bubble Rapper.
Newtowne Morris Men Red Herring
Pinwoods Morris Men
Muddy River Banbury Cross Ha'Penny
This May Day celebration has been annually going on since 1973. It may be the oldest continuing May Day celebration in the USA.
- 5:30 am - 8:30 am at the
here), going over the Charles River in Cambridge by Boyleston St. There will be a Maypole, Morris dancing, Garland dancing,
some folk dance and much singing. This is a community event. Everybody joins in the Maypole, the dancing and the singing. Hundreds of
people usually show up.
- Afterwards teams will progress to two other locations around
- Wax nostalgic and get the feeling of a
May Day past.
- For more information, email Newtowne's squire -
NY with Binghamton
Morris Men and B. F. Haridans
- After sleeping in, both teams will be dancing at the
Binghamton's First Friday Art Walk.
- For more information, contact or call 607-723-1660.
Narragansett, RI with Ladies of the Rolling Pin
The Ladies of the Rolling Pin is one of only a few all women's Border Morris dance teams. We have been stirring things up in Rhode Island since 1998 with just the
right mix of leavening and levity. We never fail to get a rise out of audiences with a well-seasoned style, energy and music.
||See their 2016 May Day
- 5:30 am - meet to dance at Connecticut College located on Route
32 north of Route 95, in New London, CT on the main college green (Tempel Green) in front of
Blaustein Humanities Center
- For more information, email Westerly's squire
See Mystic Garlandschannel
New Haven, CT with New Haven Morris and Sword
- 5:40 am to 6:45 am - Edgerton Park in New Haven, corner of
Whitney Avenue and Cliff Street. If that entrance is closed, try the gate on Edgehill Road opposite Edgehill Terrace.
We dance on the Great Lawn in the center of the park.
- For more information, email or call 203-776-1812
Brooklyn, NY with Ring O'Bells
The May Pole is an all-inclusive, multi-generational event. All are welcome.
- 5:45 am - Nellie's Lawn in
Prospect Park (meet at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to the park).
Check out our incredibly
- 6:00 am - Maypole time - dig the hole, get the pole, make the ribbons!
- 6:45 am - Grab a ribbon and join the dance. The May Pole is an
all-inclusive, multi generational event. All are welcome. Bring
instruments if you'd like to play music, or songs to sing. Bring a short reading on a spring theme (animals
and children are great topics) if you would like to read something aloud after the May Pole dance.
- 7:15 am - Potluck picnic breakfast and Morris dancing.
- Bring the Day!
- For more information, email the
New York City, NY with
Bouwerie Boys Morris Dancers
- 6:30 am - Meet near
79th Street (in
Park)for an hour of dancing followed by the annual team breakfast
at Mark Ettinger's apartment on W. 113th St.
- For more information, email
||Watch a video of Bouwerie Boys in action!
Princeton, NJ May Day Celebrations Organized for 35 years by
Millstone River Morris,
Mercer Maypole Dancers, Singers, & Padstow Hobby Horse Troupe
- 5:45 am to around 7:00 am - dawn performance on the site of the Mercer White Oak
Princeton Battlefield State Park,
500 Mercer Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540. Participatory May Pole
and English Country Dancing for all!
- 7:00 am - dance go off to Breakfast Feast.
- Performances in local schools (closed to public).
- Late afternoon singing and consumption of Bass Ale (or ice cream
as age appropriate) - contact for this year's location.
- For more information, email
or call 609-240-6543
Philadelphia, PA with
Kingsessing Morris and
- On May Day:
- 6:00 am to 7:00 am (or more) - dancing at dawn on top of
Plateau, Fairmount Park,
2000 Belmont Mansion Dr, rain or shine.
- After dancing in Fairmount Park, we'll have breakfast
together, then continue to downtown Philadelphia for more
dancing and May Day celebrations.
- For more information, email the squire for
||See Kingsessing Morris do the dances
Takking from May Day 2009 and
Devils Highway from May Day 2010
Check out 3
generations of Renegade Morris doing
Steamfitters from May Day 2011
Bloomington, IN with
- 6:45 am - Continuing their 30 plus-year tradition, Bloomington Quarry Morris dances at sunrise at the
Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington's central square,
100 West Kirkwood Avenue.
- Afterwards is a team breakfast in a secret location disclosed only to the inner cadre of the team.
- Come noonish we return to the Courthouse for more dancing and another maypole, then off to a private house party.
- For more information, contact or call 812-325-0993.
Washington, DC with Foggy Bottom Morris Men,
Rock Creek Morris Women
and joined this year by new American champion sword team
Sligo Creek Sword
Early morning route through
Takoma Park, MD:
At this point we jump on
and head somewhere downtown (DC), causing mischief. This year its:
Note: Morris dancers stranded in DC for May Day are welcome to join us in kit or not for any part of this tour (including
breakfast and lunch). For more information, see our
Facebook event, or email Foggy Bottom's squire
links at once)
Charlottesville, VA with Albemarle Morris Men
(with a possible guest appearance by Underground Morris)
Albemarle Morris Men
- Start dancing at sunrise - Lee Park,
one block north of the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville
(there is no off-street parking). There are usually muffins and hard boiled eggs available. Feel free to
bring your own coffee or treats (although it's luckier if you bring enough for the dancers, too!)
- For more information, email Albemarle squire
Yorktown, VA with
Druken Weasels Border Morris
- Gather just before sunrise at
on the Colonial Parkway, Yorktown, VA to dance a bit and have some cake. Less a performance than a guerilla dance out,
the Weasels are up to no good! Wanna see it? Of course you do, so contact
for further info, and check out their
Brasstown, NC with
Dame's Rocket Northwest Clog
Rural Felicity Garland Dancers,
StiX in the Mud Border Morris,
and Magic Rapper
Gainsville, FL with
- 06:45 am to 8:00 am - We "dance the sun up" at the
Baughman Meditation Center on
the west shore Lake Alice
on the University of Florida campus. It's located at the SE corner of Museum Rd and
Radio Rd (982
Museum Rd, Gainsville, FL 32461). Dances to be chosen by random drawing, and finishing
up with a maypole dance for all. BRING A FEW FLOWERS for the Annual May Day Flower Boat
- 8:15 am to 9:45 am - team breakfast at
Peach Valley Cafe, 3275 SW 34th St.
- 10:00 am to 11:00 am - Dance performance at
Depot Park, 874 SE 4 St.
- 11:15 am to 12:15 pm - Dancing and touring along the boardwalk at
Bivens Arm Park, 3650 S Main St.
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What IS Morris Dancing?
Morris dancing is a living tradition of English
celebratory and ritual dance with live music, and origins shrouded in
mystery and the mists of time. Shakespeare used it in his
plays and it was old then. The dancers usually wear bells at their
knees and often wave hankies (to attract and welcome benevolent spring
and summer spirits) or clash sticks (symbolizing the eternal battle
between winter and summer), and the dances have traditionally been
performed around the time of major celebration or seasonal cross points
in the calendar. Indeed, dances of comparable form and dancers in
similar costumes are found elsewhere in Europe and around the world, and
may be thought to be part of the universal urge to influence and honor
the unknowable forces which govern our lives.
One of the most colourful descriptions of morris was provided in the
15th century, by Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh, the
who said, "Morris dancing is the most fatuous, tenth-rate
entertainment ever devised by man. Fourty effeminate blacksmiths
waving bits of cloth they've just wiped their noses on. How it's
still going on in this day and age I'll never know."
Modern morris includes several different types of dance, all from
different regions of England; Cotswold Morris from the south, Border
Morris from the west, Molly Dancing from the southeast, and Northwest
Morris from the northwest. Other dance styles such as Longsword, Rapper
(sword), Clog, and Garland are often included in the term "morris".
There are lots of ways to get
about Morris dancing, but the absolutely best way is to find a morris
dancer, take them to a pub, offer them refreshment, and ask for the real
story. It's guaranteed good luck, too!
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