This is a common question that we are asked when we tell people that we do English Folk Dancing. Both Morris Dancing and English Country Dancing are traditional English folk dances, each having its own distinct style, origins, movement and purpose. While they may share some similarities, such as a focus on community and social interaction., there are some key differences between them.
Morris Dancing is a lively and energetic dance form that involves performers wearing bells, ribbons, and other decorative accessories. The dance is performed by a team of dancers, often accompanied by musicians playing instruments such as the fiddle, accordion, or concertina. Morris Dancing has its roots in pagan rituals and is usually performed in the streets, at festivals, or at pubs.
English folk dance refers to a group of traditional dances that originated in England and have been passed down through generations. It is a more relaxed and elegant form of dance that is performed in a social setting. These dances involve pairs of dancers progressing up and down the line, performing a sequence of steps as they go. At Kindred Spirits Folk Dance Club we use recorded music.
English folk dance has a rich history and continues to be an important part of the country’s cultural heritage. Today, there are many groups and organizations dedicated to preserving and promoting these traditional dances, and they can be seen at festivals and events throughout the UK and beyond. You can find out more about these at Friends of English Dance https://friendsofenglishdance.org.uk/
If you’re interested in experiencing the joy and community of English folk dance, we encourage you to come and try it out at Kindred Spirits Folk Dance Club. Our welcoming and friendly community is open to dancers of all levels, from beginners to experienced dancers. We offer regular dance sessions, where you can learn new dances and connect with other like-minded individuals. With its rich history and lively music, English folk dance is a unique and enjoyable way to stay active, meet new people, and explore cultural traditions. So why not come along and give it a try? We can’t wait to dance with you!