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...

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...

Kvet and Kvitek

Kvet and Kvitek

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

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.

Whitethorn

Whitethorn

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

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...

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

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

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.

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...

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.

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...

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...

Tinners Morris

Tinners Morris

Dancing mainly in the Cotswold tradition they dance with handkerchiefs, sticks and sometimes even iron bars. They have great musicians who play for them using musical energy to drive us to leap higher in the air with each tune they play and to entertain us all before,...

Wight Bells

Wight Bells

The Wight Bells are a ladies Morris side based on the Isle of Wight who dance in the North West tradition. They perform in denim pinafore dresses with multi colour kick pleats, worn with dayglo green t-shirts & tights.

Taeppas Tump

Taeppas Tump

Tæppa's Tump is a Ladies North West Morris side which was formed in 1981. The name is taken from one of the area's outstanding archaeological sites, the burial mound of "Tæppa" a Saxon chieftain who gave his name to Taplow, which is now a very pleasant village on the...

Aurora

Aurora

Aurora is an Appalachian Display Dance group based in Devon, made up of experienced dancers who love to dance. Aurora dance in blue or teal dresses / shirts with fuchsia or teal sashes or braces.

Southern Star

Southern Star

In 1936, a group of miners in the village of Lingdale in Yorkshire were filmed by Lady Trevelyn, performing their traditional longsword dance.  In 1948, Peter Kennedy wrote down all the moves of the dance, which had gained an extra two figures in the intervening...

Zdravetz

Zdravetz

Zdravetz are a Bulgarian dance group performing Horo dance. Horo dancing in circles, dressed in traditional folklore costumes. They follow the traditional dances, the way their ancestors have done in the square of their villages.

Dorset Buttons

Dorset Buttons

Dorset Buttons Morris first sprang out upon the World in 1978, originally there was the ladies’ team, who did the dancing. Dorset Buttons are a North West ladies clog side, in red clogs, red and green dresses with blouses. Dorset Buttons practice every Wednesday...

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...

Sovicka-Slovak

Sovicka-Slovak

Sovicka-Slovak are a children's Folk Dance Group performing Slovak traditional dance. Dancing in Slovak traditional costumes in pairs, solo boys dance and girls dancing in circle.

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...

Winkleigh Morris

Winkleigh Morris

WInkleigh Morris are a mixed Morris dance group located in the middle of Devon. Their repertoire includes Cotswold and Border Morris and many of our own dances. Experienced musicians who also play in our ceilidh band, Winkeilidh Band. Winkleigh Morris perform in Red,...

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...

Wreckers Border Morris

Wreckers Border Morris

Wreckers are from the Tamar valley in south east Cornwall and they dance in black and Gold Tatters; black trousers or black or Cornish tartan kilt; decorated black hats. Wreckers was born in October 2000. They border style Morris comes from the Welsh/ English border...

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. New Forest Meddlars are performing in white trousers & shirt, purple waistcoat and purple/multi coloured tattered jackets.

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...

Full Moon Morris

Full Moon Morris

Full Moon Morris are a mixed Cotswold Morris dancing side loosely based around South Wales, UK, although members come from as far afield as the far west of Swansea, the Forest of Dean and even Devon and Norfolk! Full Moon Morris perform in Yellow and blue waistcoats,...

Anonymous Morris

Anonymous Morris

Anonymous Morris are a mixed border Morris side from Poole with an energetic, free-flowing dance style. Their tatters are varying shades of purples as well as black, white and hologram. Dancers have longer tails at the back of their tatters though musicians do not....

Ragged Phoenix

Ragged Phoenix

Ragged Phoenix are an Eastbourne based Border Morris side. They opted for a slightly louder and more vibrant appearance to the average Border side, as they "don't really do 'average'". They're performers and entertainers and want the audience to enjoy watching. They...

Phoenix Morris

Phoenix Morris

Phoenix Morris are a side of morris dancing men and women based in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. Their dances are traditional Cotswold Morris Dances with some developed on traditional Cotswold lines. Ladies black skirt, white blouse, black jacket with badge, straw hat...

Cry Havoc

Cry Havoc

Cry Havoc are a mixed side – mixed genders, ages, backgrounds, abilities; with a base of members who live in Botley, but others come from other parts of Oxford and surrounding towns and villages. They dance for fun, but also raise money for a local charity each year....

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...

Ilfracombe Red Petticoats

Ilfracombe Red Petticoats

The Ilfracombe Red Petticoats are a clog dancing group based, as the name suggests, in beautiful Ilfracombe, North Devon. This Morris dancing group performs North West style clog dances at a variety of venues in North Devon and several, popular Folk and Beer Festivals...

Foxs Morris

Foxs Morris

Foxs Morris is a mixed border Morris side from Worcestershire. It was founded in September 1999 at Cookley First School (now Primary School). They dance Border style in red and green tattered jackets & socks, with black trousers and white top hats with flowers or...

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.  Now, as rules have relaxed, we have relaunched, which means we are looking for...

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...

Magog ladies

Magog ladies

Magog Morris was founded in 1974 in the Horsham area of West Sussex. We are a ladies side and dance a variety of traditions including Cotswold, Stave, North West Clog, Garland and dances in our own Horsham tradition. The Magog ladies dance in white dress with various...

Blackrock

Blackrock

Blackrock School of Irish Dance are traditional Irish dancers. They wear Traditional Irish dancing dresses, hand made by parents over 40 years ago. Made from velvet with hand stitched designs.