Dance sides

There are many forms of Morris Dances and the styles vary from different parts of Britain.

The basis for most dances is rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures performed by groups of dancers usually wielding handkerchiefs, sticks, swords, mollies, garlands and staves etc.

The Festival also encompasses traditional folk dances from Bulgaria, Slovak Czeck, Middle East, England and Ireland.

Click on any of the entries below to get more information. At the bottom of this page is a map of the festival locations.

Old Palace Clog

Old Palace Clog

Old Palace Clog are a North West style Morris side who are appearing at the Swanage Folk Festival 2022. Their dance kit is white skirts and blouses, green waistcoat and tights and red clogs. Musicians' kit is black trousers, white shirts and green waistcoats. They are...

Cogs and Wheels Ladies Morris

Cogs and Wheels Ladies Morris

Cogs and Wheels are a ladies side who perform in a Cotswold style. They'll be at the Swanage Folk Festival in their Dartmoor inspired colours - brown skirts and different coloured blouses in moorland hues. They formed in 1995 and take their inspiration from Finch...

Mr Wilkins Shilling

Mr Wilkins Shilling

Mr Wilkins is a mixed gender North West Morris side based in Bath, England. They dance in Red and Black skirts, white blouse, red and black sashes. They dance mainly around the south west, but have danced in Finland, Hungary, Netherlands, France and America. They were...

Alton Morris

Alton Morris

Alton Morris will be in their red and green tatter jackets and bowler hats at Swanage Folk Festival September 2022 Alton Morris is a mixed border Morris dance team based in the town of Alton, Hampshire. They dance in distinctive red woollen hats which were copied from...

Armaleggan

Armaleggan

Armaleggan are performing at the 2022 Swanage Folk Festival, in Multi-coloured tatters, black and white faces, top hats with tall feathers.

No Mean Feet & the Shoestring band

No Mean Feet & the Shoestring band

No Mean Feet are an Appalachian folk dance team, and have been dancing for over 22yrs. They dance to folk music and acapella, and a few of the dancers choreographed the steps, past and present. They have three to four musicians who plays fiddle/violin, guitar, and...

Pump House Clog Morris

Pump House Clog Morris

Pump House Clog Morris dance a north west style. The women dance in cream blouses with sash and brocade waistcoat, cream underskirt with purple overskirt, purple tights and decorated straw boaters. The men dance in white shirts with purple neckerchief, sash and...

Moonlight Morris

Moonlight Morris

Moonlight Morris are a new small side of friends who formed to dance unusual and self-penned dances. Their tatters reflect the name and are blues and silvers. Our dance style is Border with a passion .. we dance with enthusiasm, energy and fun

Dr Turbevilles

Dr Turbevilles

Dr. Turberville's tend to go dressed as pirates when dancing in Swanage. Dr Turberville’s Morris is a mixed Morris "side" or team originally from Crewkerne in Somerset, UK, now can now be found at Somerton in Somerset. Their names is from the most famous son of...

Basingclog Morris

Basingclog Morris

Basingclog are clog side from Basingstoke who dance the North West style of clog, performing dances from the North of England originating some 300 years ago in and around the cotton mills. They are a mixed side and as well performing traditional dances have been known...

New Forest Meddlars

New Forest Meddlars

New Forest Meddlars were formed in 1990 and are a mixed Morris side dancing mainly in the Border and Cotswold traditions, with a few dances they have devised ourselves. They'll be performing in white trousers & shirt, purple waistcoat and purple/multi coloured...

Madder Mill Molly

Madder Mill Molly

Madder Mill Molly is a mixed gender Molly team based in the Carshalton/Wallington area, who, after much research and preparation, finally got off the ground at the beginning February 2020.  The Molly tradition has its origins in East Anglia/The Fens area and...

Magog ladies

Magog ladies

Magog , from Horsham in Sussex, were formed in 1974 and will be celebrating 50 years in 2024. To begin with Magog danced mainly Cotswold but over the years have added Northwest, Stave, Garland and their own Horsham tradition. Besides travelling the length and breadth...

Aurora

Aurora

Aurora are an Appalachian step team, based in Exeter. They have been performing for 4 years at various festivals and fayres, with high energy dancing, both using traditional and flat footing styles. They like coming to Swanage yearly as they love the atmosphere....

OBJ Morris

OBJ Morris

OBJ was formed in 1996 by a group of like-minded people who wanted to dance the flamboyant style of dancing known today as "Border Morris". Their kit is generally black, with Green, Black and White rag jackets, and we follow the Border Morris tradition of blacking our...

Fleur de Lys Ladies’ Morris

Fleur de Lys Ladies’ Morris

Fleur De Lys are a Ladies’ dance side with both sex musicians, who occasionally dance out with Cup Hill Morris Men. Their emblem, the Fleur de Lys or Lily flower, is one possible origin for the name of our County town Guildford ‘The Golden Ford’ referring to the...

Sarum Morris

Sarum Morris

Sarum Morris was founded in 1982; they're a group of Morris dancers - both men and ladies - based in Salisbury, Wiltshire. They perform dances from the Cotswold villages of Bampton, Ilmington and Oddington. Sarum Morris dance in whites with blue and yellow belts and...

Taeppas Tump

Taeppas Tump

Tæppa's Tump is a Ladies North West Morris side which was formed in 1981. It's a women's Morris side based in Maidenhead, Berkshire. The dancers wear clogs, burgundy skirts, white blouses, green aprons and decorated straw hats. The band (of men and women) wear...

Dorset Buttons

Dorset Buttons

Dorset Buttons is a women's NW side wearing red & green dresses, white shirts and red clogs, with straw hats decorated with traditional Dorset buttons Dorset Buttons Morris first sprang out upon the World in 1978, originally there was the ladies’ team, who did the...

Bideford Phoenix Morris

Bideford Phoenix Morris

Bideford Phoenix is a mixed Morris side, based in Bideford, North Devon. They dance a mix of Cotswold and Border Morris. They welcome anyone who would like to join us, whether you have experience of Morris dancing or are a complete beginner who isn’t sure if Morris...