This is where we're going to be dancing this season, but keep checking as sessions may change and new venues will be added. If it's raining we'll probably be in the pub rather than outside it! Click on the name for details of the venue.
Scroll down to see notes on the dances we will be performing this season.
|Sunday 23rd April (St Georges Day)
||Hundon- with Belchamp Morris
||Colchester, East Bergholt, Flatford- with Bows & Belles
|Wednesday 3rd May
||The Griffin Inn, Yoxford
|Wednesday 10th May
||Huntingfield Arms, Huntingfield (nr Halesworth)
|Wednesday 17th May
||Fox Inn, Darsham (nr Saxmundham)
|Wednesday 24th May
||The Parrot and Punchbowl, Aldringham
|Monday 29th May (Bank Holiday)
||Layer Marney Tower (nr Colchester)
|Wednesday 31st May
||No dance out
|Wednesday 7th June
||Poachers Pocket, Carlton, nr Saxmundham
|Wednesday 14th June
||White Horse, Sweffling (nr Framlingham)
With Pretty Grim
|Wednesday 28th June
||Plough & Sail, Snape Maltings
|Saturday 1st July
|Wednesday 5th July
||The Lord Nelson, Southwold
|Wednesday 12th July
||The Cross Keys, Aldeburgh
|Wednesday 19th July
||The Laxfield Low House- with Rumburgh Morris, Hoxon Hundred & Big Jigs
|Wednesday 26th July
||The Bear & Bells, Beccles
|Sunday 22nd October
||Cressing Temple Gardens- Apple Day (nr Braintree)
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Dances for this season
North-west morris is based on processional dances with a dance leader and eight or twelve dancers – the leader calls the figures which are generally geometric shapes. A dance consists of a repeated chorus ('step-up') separated by five or six figures and a dance-off to end. Steps tend to be march, polka or single step.
- Rivington (Horwich Prize Medal Dance)
Danced with slings. An elegant dance with an easy step-up and mostly polka'd. Slings either whirling or on shoulders
A good dance notable for the skip in the step-up. Danced with ribbon sticks.
Danced with ribbon sticks to a jig, with an exuberant 'swing-down' figure near the end.
- Horbury Rushcart
A fine dance with a great tune- look out for the unusual starting position with men and women alternating positions down the set -those on the 'wrong' side are 'improper'. (Come to think of it, so are some of those on the right side....). A mix of polka and single step, with a couple of appearances of the Royton step. A bit energetic, this one!
- St Helen's
Also has a memorable tune, unusually in a minor mode. This dance has been a favourite for a number of years and features the 'Royton' step towards the end when the dancers form a St George's cross, first facing up and then down the set. Plain sticks.
Performed with slings. A graceful dance, in single step
- Hindley Circle
A great favourite, often danced with 12 and one of two circle dances this year. Look out for clashing sticks in the step-up and the scramble to end up still in a circle at the end!
A popular dance notable for the unusual shape of the set which denotes the wings and fuselage of a Spitfire! Danced with traditional wooden bobbins. The step is mostly polka'd. With thanks to John Hakeman of Knockhundred Shuttles who devised the dance.
A fun dance, using wavers, often danced with 12. Works well as a processional dance. It ends in a flourish with some double-time polka-ing to 'Rule Britannia'
A perennial favourite. Everyone starts by going smartly backwards in the step-up, and listen out for the 'cast' figure where there is a big shout every time the next couple gets to the top of the set and pushes the rest backwards
- Carr Lodge
Sometimes performed as a mass dance when with other morris sides, usually causing some hilarity as the other side invariably dances to a different tune and with the figures in a different order- this only becoming apparent as the dance is in progress. Cue end of session and a dash to the nearest bar
Public dances- "resistance is futile"
Very elegant and easy country dance ending with a snaking figure to get everyone in a big circle. Not at all energetic, suitable for all!
- Hindley Street Dance
Easy figures, with the final chain figure usually causing much hilarity, and started off with a rendition of Nelly the Elephant in an inappropriate key
Dancing St Helens