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.

Baharah Dance

Baharah Dance

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

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Baharah Dance

Fishbourne Mill Morris

Fishbourne Mill Morris is a mixed dance side. Ladies wear red tights, blue dresses over white blouses and cross tabards. Men in black trousers, white shirts and waistcoats. A few members wear tatters.

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Baharah Dance

Mary Rose & Royal George

Performing at the 2022 Swanage Folk Festival is Mary Rose & Royal George. Women wear red skirts, white tops and red, green and yellow tassel. Men wear black trouser, white shirts and red, green and yellow tassel hats and braces. 

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Baharah Dance

No Mean Feet

No Mean Feet is an Appalachian dance team. They dance a combination of clog, Irish and tap. Their band consists of guitar, fiddle, banjo or accordion.

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Baharah Dance

Pump House Clog Morris

Performing at the 2022 Swanage Folk Festival is Pump House Clog Morris. The women dance in cream blouse with sash and brocade waistcoat, cream underskirt with purple overskirt, purple tights and decorated straw boaters.

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Tatters and Tails Border Morris

Tatters and Tails Border Morris

Performing at the 2022 Swanage Folk Festival is Tatters and Tails. Their costume is black tattered tail coats with individual colours showing through, top hats and black boots. They paint an eye mask of their own colours and a touch of black.

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