Welcome to
Lady Bay Revellers Morris

Lady Bay Revellers Morris were formed in 1992 and have gone from strength to strength, practicing during the winter months, learning new dances and polishing up old ones.

We are a mixed team and have a very active and varied calendar and social life, dancing throughout the year at local and charity events and festivals around England.

We tour with other Morris teams and every summer we dance internationally.

We dance Cotswold Morris in the following traditions: Bledington, Bampton, Fieldtown, Ilmington and Oddington plus numerous others during the summer, and Border and Molly during the winter months when we’re recognised in our colourful rag coats and painted faces.

Lady Bay Revellers Morris group photo

New members welcome

Lady Bay Revellers Morris practice every Wednesday night from the beginning of September through to May 1st at the Sout Hut, Mona Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5BU from 8.00pm – 10.00pm.

After that we dance out every Wednesday evening with other teams and generally have a good time putting all the hard earned practice into polished dance displays.

We hold beginners sessions at the beginning of each practice season and workshops throughout the winter months learning new dances or developing dances we have adapted.

We’re always keen to recruit new members whether you’re a complete novice or an experienced dancer or musician.

If you’re interested in joining or coming along to just have a go, please contact us via our online form or phone 07837 002721.

Practice at Lady Bay Revellers Morris

Dancing Events

StartTuesday, 20 August 2019
Time10:00
EndTuesday, 20 August 2019
Time18:00
Location*Test* Newark, Nottinghamshire
Description

*Test* Lady Bay Revellers are leaping for joy at the prospect of returning to the Newark Traditions Festival at the weekend. Hoping to catch up with the rapper tour in the comfort of a nice welcoming pub or two or more. *Test*

History

These are question we’re often asked when we’re out dancing. The answer to the first is fairly straightforward, but as to the second, well, there are many theories as to the origins of the dancing as there are dances. Ask any Morris dancer and you’ll get a slightly different answer every time!

This traditional form of English dance can be traced back to the 14th Century. Many forms existed and each area was influenced by local factors giving the rich and varied tradition of which we’re now part, and which is still evolving, as teams adapt dances and choreography new ones.

Morris in it’s various forms was a favourite entertainment on feast days and holiday for the working man and through the years evolved until by the end of the 19th Century, it had become the preserve of the rural labourers as well as all male and all female teams.

Dancing in its various forms takes place throughout the year , but generally there is a flurry of activity at the beginning of Spring with many teams dancing out at dawn on the 1st of May, heralding the start of the new season.

The various forms of Morris include Cotswold, Border (easily recognisable in tatter coats and blacked or coloured faces), Molly (traditionally from the Fenlands of East Anglia), Rapper Sword and Longsword, North-West Morris (usually danced in clogs), Garland and Stave dancing.

Associated with the Morris are Plough Boys, Mummers Plays, Hobby Horses, Betsies (a man dressed as a woman) and ‘animals’ (Lady Bay Revellers Morris have a very scary dragon which is known to make the odd appearance).

Get In Touch With Us

Please contact us for information about venues, dance outs and booking enquiries.

Alternatively, just come and say hello when you see us out and about. We are very approachable and we’ll be happy to try and answer your questions and listen to your comments.

If you would like to know more about it all, just ask!

Contact: Yvonne Walters Tel: 07837 002721

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