In 2018, it's going to be another fun filled weekend of colourful dance displays through the streets of Wimborne.
Complete Dance Programme for 2018
Dance teams already confirmed for 2018 include:
Click on the name of a team, or their photograph to find out more about them and where they are dancing.
Tashi Lhunpo Monks
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery UK Trust supports the Tibetan monastery in exile in India. The monks visit England to raise awareness of Tibetan culture.
Anonymous Morris meet in Poole and are gaining a reputation for their high-energy dance style.
Lively mixed team of Appalachian dancers from Exeter, Devon. Women - short black dress with flame inserts. Men - red shirt, black trousers.
Morena Slovak Dance Co.
Popular Slovakian dance company based in Camden Town, London. Dances from different parts of Slovakia in colourful traditional costumes.
Northgate Rapper are Bath’s finest, and only, male sword dancing team. They perform high energy rapper dances in any pubs that will let them in.
Spank the Planks
Spank the Planks come from Bournemouth and specialise in Appalachian clog dancing, a style of American folk dance from the Appalachian Mountains.
Contemporary Appalachian, energetic and fun with the emphasis on having a good time!
Applejacks are based in Bristol. They choreograph their own dances and perform with toe tapping music from their Old Time musicians.
Ladies Cotswold Morris team dancing with colourful hankies and 3 sizes of sticks based in Holt village, Wiltshire, near Bradford on Avon and Bath.
Men's Cotswold morris team from Bournemouth. White shirt and trousers. Blue and gold baldric with horse brass at front centre and two fish on back.
Bradninch Millers Morris
Mixed side from Devon who dance various traditions (Cotswold, Wessex Stave, Border, Molly and Bradninch broom dance) from different regions.
Appalachian clogging team based in Brighton. Dynamic dance team aiming to incorporate traditional styles and steps with contemporary choreography.
Dorset Buttons Rapper
Male rapper sword dance side from Wareham, Dorset. white shirt, black hoggers, red cummerbund, black clogs. Clogs are rare in rapper.
Mixed Cotswold team from Somerset. White shirt and trousers. Baldric with red and green stripes. Green hankies. Black hat. Fond of penguins...
Ester Tal's Flamenco Academy
Ester Tal teaches 5 levels of Flamenco dance from complete beginners to advanced. These are some of her students performing here.
The Fabulous Fezheads are England’s Premier Sand Dance Illusionists, either that, or an engaging bunch of lunatics who dance while swapping hats!
Cotswold morris side from Upwey near Weymouth. Name after a character in a Thomas Hardy novel. White trousers, short green and yellow tatter jacket. Men: white shirt + top hat. Women: green shirt, straw hat. One green sock, one yellow.
Folk Active will be running free children's workshops: mini melodeons, maypole dancing, step dancing and broom dancing.
For nearly 40 years, the Fosbrooks Folk Education Trust have taught children their local clog dance tradition and how to play the accordion and violin
Haddenham Hoofers lively group dances based on traditional Appalachian dance steps to the accompaniment of Old Time String Band Music.
Hips and Haws
Hips and Haws are a Chippenham-based female North West Clog morris dance side who perform dances in the North West and step dancing traditions.
Female side from Poole. Red/mustard yellow/black tatter jackets. Faces painted as tigers. Named after a tank regiment!
Molly dancers, mixed side from Bournemouth. Dancers wear a highly individual mix of yellow, black and magenta costume.
Holt perform a broad mix of Cotswold styles, though many of their dances are based on a liberal interpretation of the Fieldtown morris tradition
King John's Morris Men
Men's side:Cotswold, North West, Border, Southampton, Hampshire. Black knee-breeches, white shirt. Yellow baldric with black stripe. Grey top hat.
Mixed Appalachian team form Alton, Hampshire. Blue skirts (yellow trim), black stockings, patchwork-style waistcoats.
Knights of King Ina
Specialists in solo and duet Cotswold Jigs. Costumes are a personal combination of black and white.
Maenads come from Lenham in Kent. We dance our own versions of border styled dances.
The Merrydowners are a mixed men's and women's Cotswold side based in North Harrow, Middlesex.
Mixed Border Morris side from Sussex, with stories embedded in their performances. Black tatter jackets with yellow or red stripe. Individual masks.
New Forest Meddlars
Mixed Morris dance side, formed in 1990 and based in Lyndhurst in the New Forest.
New Moon Morris
Mixed North West morris side from Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire. Black shirt. Black trousers or self-coloured skirt. Patchwork waistcoat. Soft black hat.
No Mean Feet
Perform team routines, written by current and former team members, as well as individual freestyling to the music of their own Shoestring Band.
Order of the Phoenix
A group of pupils from Allenbourn Middle School hope to show you a traditional dance from Preston in Lancashire, with their own twist.
Ladies North West morris side from the Isle of Wight. Green dress with red/gold frill, green clogs.
Young children from a school close to Wimborne perform a dance style from Yorkshire. We're looking forward to seeing their take on the tradition.
The youngest children from Pamphill School, Wimborne, would like to show you their maypole dancing in the Model Town.
Polish folk singers and dancers from Bournemouth, men, women and children. Women in red boots, colourful skirt with lace apron, floral headdress.
Ladies North West Morris side from Bournemouth. Blue dresses with pink apron. Blue clogs. Blue and pink hoops.
Ridgeway Step Clog
Step Clog side based in Oxfordshire . Named from their proximity to the ancient “Ridgeway Path” which runs from Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon.
Mixed Cotswold morris side from Salisbury. Mostly dance in th style of Oddington and Ilmington. Recently celebrated our 35th anniversary.
Ladies North West Morris side from Sidmouth in Devon. Dark Blue skirt, red apron, red/white/blue ribbons. Navy clogs.
Ladies Cotswold side from Bristol/Bath area. Also do stave dances, which originate from the Friendly Societies (early ancestor of insurance companies). Cream dress, maroon tabard. Brass-tipped staves.
Southern Star are a small, but highly innovative group who meet in Corfe Mullen and welcome new members.
The name says it all! Morris dancing in an unwritten alternative future.
Steps in Time
Mixed junior group from North Dorset. Traditional English social dances. Girls wear 'Jane Austen' style dresses, velvet jacket. Boys wear white shirt, black Breeches, waistcoat.
Ladies Clog/North West side based in Taunton. Green dress with red-fronted waistcoat with pale green back. Black stockings and black clogs. (Some dances use black shoes). Garland dances use decorated hoops.
Tappalachian is a mixed Appalachian group from St. Albans, Hertfordshire, dressed in black with bright co-ordinating colours.
Tatters and Tails Border Morris
We are a Mixed Border Morris team from Bath, we are up for a laugh, with lots of energy, lots of dancing and lots of drinking!
The Tattered Court
The Tattered Court are a mixed Border side from Cheltenham, dancing intricate and complicated dances.
Tiger Feet use traditional Appalachian steps and focus particularly on dancing together as a group.
They also enjoy new music and movements.
Ladies North West morris team from Harrow. Blue dress and mill girl's hat, red apron. Whitethorn celebrated their 40th birthday in September 2017.
Wimborne First School
The children from Wimborne First School will be performing their own special folk dance.
Bulgarian Dance group performing traditional 'Horos' (circle dances) and dressed in traditional village costume.