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.

Whitethorn

Whitethorn

Whitethorn dance in Red, white & Blue. Fitted skirts, white blouse & red waistcoats.

Steps In Time

Steps In Time

Steps in Time perform several styles of English dance, including Step, Playford, Dorset dances. They all wear a Regency style costume; white high waisted dresses with coloured spencer jackets or black breeches, white shirt and waistcoat.

Cornucopia

Cornucopia

Performing at the 2022 Swanage Folk Festival is Cornucopia, in their in their Navy skirts with cerise godet pleats; or Navy waistcoats, white shirts

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 2022 in their Dartmoor inspired colours - brown skirts and different coloured blouses in moorland hues. They formed in 1995 and take their inspiration from Finch...

Phoenix Clog

Phoenix Clog

Phoenix are a clog side. The ladies dress in Burgundy skirts & white blouses. The men in Black breeches, white shirts & burgundy sash.

Holly Copse Molly

Holly Copse Molly

Holly Copse Molly are a Morris side who perform Molly from the Fens. Their kit is Magenta, yellow and black and they'll be at the Swanage Folk Festival 2022

Mayflower Morris

Mayflower Morris

Mayflower Morris are a women's dance side from Ash on the Hampshire / Surrey border. They dance in black pinafore over red blouse and red clogs with white tights. The musicians wear black trousers and waistcoat with red trim.

Horizon community college

Horizon community college

Horizon community college dance Border, Rapper and mixed modern styles alongside traditional folk. They dance themed pieces in full costume and usually prepare 30 mins worth of individual pieces including a finale piece from all dancers  

Sidmouth Steppers

Sidmouth Steppers

Sidmouth Steppers are a Ladies North West Morris Dance Side based in Sidmouth, Devon. Traditional Lancashire clogs are worn for the dances with bobbins.

Rockhopper Morris

Rockhopper Morris

Rockhopper Morris perform Cotswold dances from the modern tradition of Raglan, first developed by Bantam Cocks, which feature the unusual triple step. To those hankie dances they added their own stick dances which also use the triple step. They are mostly to be found...

Mr Wilkins Shilling

Mr Wilkins Shilling

Mr Wilkins is a Ladies 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.  

Spank the Planks

Spank the Planks

Spank The Planks was formed in 1988 and is based in Bournemouth, Dorset. They specialise in Appalachian clog dancing which is a form of American folk dancing that originated in the Appalachian Mountains. The local people developed their own musical sound, playing...

Steampunk Morris

Steampunk Morris

Steampunk Morris dance in costumes based around the genre of steampunk. They are a mixed men and women’s Border style Morris dance side from Medway.

Quayside Cloggies

Quayside Cloggies

Quayside Cloggies are a North West style Morris side who are appearing at the Swanage Folk Festival 2022. They wear colourful handmade costumes and clogs styled on traditional wear for the mill workers in the North of England during the nineteenth century.

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...

Kvet and Kvitek

Kvet and Kvitek

We all have traditional folklore costume including shoes from Czech and Slovak folk traditions.

Ellington Morris

Ellington Morris

Ellington Morris are a Cotswold style Morris side who are appearing at the Swanage Folk Festival 2022. They are a traditional Morris Dance team based in Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK - one of the few mixed Cotswold Morris teams in the area. Their name comes from the...

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.

Baharah Dance

Baharah Dance

Baharah Dance respectfully share their love of Egyptian and Arabic music and traditional dance moves. You will spot us as we dress in all the colours you can imagine!

Billy No Mates

Billy No Mates

White shirt, with BNM logo front and back, arm ribbons, black trousers, red bell pads with orange, blue. White and purple ribbons.. shoes black or orange. Hat is a multi coloured festival hat mainly orange. Musician no special kit. Will likely be wearing a...

Customs And Exiles

Customs And Exiles

Ladies perform in Black clogs with bells, black and purple striped stockings, black skirt, white shirt, purple and teal waistcoat. The men perform in Black clogs with bells, black trousers, black shirt, purple and teal sash, purple neckerchief, black, purple and teal...