Dance Sides

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Name Type Description Sat Sun Photo
Anonymous MorrisBorderEnergetic, mixed Border Morris side from Poole, Dorset. Purple tatter jackets with added black/white/sparkle, black shirt/trousers, black top hat.Y
Assemblaie du ValasseFrenchFrench folk dance group from Normandy and musicans Calibeurdaine.Y
Bell's AngelsCotswoldLadies Cotswold team, sister side to Holt Morris. Brightly coloured hankies, black trousers, polka dot waistcoats. YY
Blackheath Morrris CotswoldMen's Cotswold Morris team from Blackheath in London. Black trousers, white shirt, dark blue waistcoat. Were in Olympic closing ceremony.YY
Bourne RiverCotswoldMen'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.YY
Bournemouth and Christchurch U3A International Folk DancersInternationalFolk dancers from Bournemouth, performing international dances. Wide variety of colourful historical costumes.Y
Cuckoo's NestCotswoldLadies Cotswold side from Brighton, Sussex. White shirt, black waistcoat, each dancer has a different self-coloured skirt - full rainbow of colours. YY
Dame's RocketNorth WestLadies North West side from Brasstown, North Carolina. Bold red and black dresss, red+black striped socks. Broad brim black hats.YY
Dorset ButtonsNorth WestLadies North West morris side from Wareham, Dorset. Green skirts, red bodice, red clogs. Straw hats decorated with hand-made Dorset buttons.Y
Dorset Buttons RapperRapperMale rapper sword dance side from Wareham, Dorset. white shirt, black hoggers, red cummerbund, black clogs. Clogs are rare in rapper.YY
Downes on Tour - menCotswoldMale reunion cotswold morris team. White shirt, black knee-breeches, red socks. Red/white/yellow baldric.YY
Downes on Tour - womenCotswoldWomen's reunion Cotswold morris team. White trousers and shirts.YY
Exmoor Border MorrisBorder Mixed Border morris team from North Devon. Blue tatter jackets. Blue & purple face paint. Black hats with fabulous flower arrangements. YY
Festus DerrimancotswoldCotswold 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.Y
FirestoneAppalachianLively mixed Appalachian dancers from Exeter, Devon. Women - short black dress with flame inserts. Men - red shirt, black trousers.YY
Fleet MorrisCotswoldLadies Cotswold side from Hampshire. Blue skirt, white blouse, blue and yellow baldric.Y
FootnotesAppalachianAppalachian dancers from Chippenham, Wiltshire. Each dancer wears a plain dress in a different colour.YY
Hobo's MorrisBorderFemale border morris side from Poole. Red/yellow/black tatter jackets. Faces painted as tigers. Named after a tank regiment!YY
Holly CopseMollyMolly dancers, mixed side from Bournemouth. Dancers wear a highly individual mix of yellow, black and pink costume. Expect fringe, glitter, striped socks and black (mostly) decorated hats.Y
HoltCotswoldMen's Cotswold side from Holt, Wiltshire. White shirt, black trousers and waistcoat. Bowler hat, green and red ribbons.YY
Hunter's MoonBorder Mixed Border Morris side from Eastbourne, Sussex. Black and silver tatter jackets. Decorated top hats. Y
King John's Morris MenCotswoldMen's side: Cotswold, North West, Border, Southampton, Hampshire. Black knee-breeches, white shirt. Yellow baldric with black stripe. Grey top hat.Y
Knickerbocker GloryAppalachianMixed Appalachian team form Alton, Hampshire. Blue skirts (yellow trim), black stockings, patchwork-style waistcoats.Y
Knights of King InaJigsSpecialists in solo and duet Cotswold Jigs. Costumes are a personal combination of black and white.YY
Knockhundred ShuttlesNorth WestMixed North-West Morris side from Midhurst, West Sussex. Men: red and yellow sashes, black trousers, floral top hats. Women: red pinafore dress. Y
LocksidedRapperKeen, young, mixed rapper side from Bristol. Costume is black hoggers (short trousers), white shirt, blue cummerbund with pink border, black and white striped socks.YY
Martlet Sword & Morris Mencotswold + longswordMale side dancing Cotswold and Longsword. White shirt, black hoggers, decorated straw hat. Blue tabard with yellow birds, Martlets, which are the heraldic birds of Sussex.Y
Morena SlovakSlovakianPopular Slovakian dance company based in Camden Town, London. Several choices of colourful traditional costumes for both men and women.YY
MythagoBorder Mixed Border Morris side from sussex, with stories embedded in their performances. Black tatter jackets with yellow or red stripe. Individual masks.YY
New Moon Morris North WestMixed North West morris side from Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire. Black shirt. Black trousers or self-coloured skirt. Patchwork waistcoat. Soft black hat.YY
No Mean FeetAppalachianMixed Appalachian team from Yeovil, Somerset. Purple or green dresses/shirts. Black trousers for men.Y
Northgate RapperRapperRapper sword team from Bath. White shirt, green hoggers, yellow sash. Look for them in pubs.YY
Old Speckled HenNorth WestMixed North West Morris side from Milton Heights, Oxfordshire. White shirt/blouse, red waistcoat, black clogs,Ladies wear green skirt with yellow underskirt. Men wear black breeches green socks.Y
Oyster GirlsNorth WestLadies North West morris side from the Isle of Wight. Green dress with red/gold frill, green clogs.Y
Pamphill LongswordLongswordYoung children from a school close to Wimborne perform a traditional dance from Yorkshire. White shirt, black trousers, coloured baldrics.Y
Pamphill MaypoleMaypoleThe youngest class from Pamphill School, Wimborne, would like to show you their maypole dancing in the Model Town.Y
PhoenixCotswoldMixed Cotswold side from Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. Black hat with flowers, black skirt/trousers, red socks, red hankies. Spot their wickerwork phoenix.YY
PolonezPolishPolish folk singers and dancers from Bournemouth, men, women and children. Women in red boots, colourful skirt with lace apron, floral headdress.Y
Quayside CloggiesNorth WestLadies North West Morris side from Bournemouth. Blue dresses with pink apron. Blue clogs. Blue and pink hoops.Y
Ridgeway Step ClogClog steppingEnglish step clog dancers from Oxfordshire. Individual self-coloured skirts, white shirt, black waistcoat. Also use garlands, brooms and sheep...Y
SarumCotswoldMixed Cotswold morris side from Salisbury. White shirt and trousers. Blue sash with yellow stripe down the centre.Y
ShoostringAppalachianAppalachian team from South Wales, dancing to traditional bluegrass music. Black tops, purple skirts.YY
Sidmouth SteppersNorth WestLadies North West Morris side from Sidmouth in Devon. Dark Blue skirt, red apron, red/white/blue ribbons. Navy clogs.Y
Somerset MorrisCotswold + staveLadies 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.Y
Spank the PlanksAppalachianAppalachian team from Bournemouth. Blue check dresses with quilted panel on bodice.YY
Steps in TimeSocial DanceMixed junior group from North Dorset. Traditional English social dances. Girls wear 'Jane Austen' style dresses, velvet jacket. Boys wear white shirt, black Breeches, waistcoat.Y
Stix In the MudBorderMixed Border morris team from Brasstown, North Carolina. Black trousers, mulit-coloured tatter jackets, assorted hats.YY
TappalachianAppalachianMixed Appalachian group from St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Black skirts with coloured panels. Men, black waistcoat, pastel shirt.Y
The Tattered CourtBorderThe Tattered Court are a mixed Border side from Cheltenham, dancing intricate and complicated dances. They can be spotted by their sleeveless black tatter jackets, worn with white shirts, coloured waistcoats and black top hats. Y
Tiger FeetAppalachianAppalachian group from Cardiff. Orange shirt, black trousers, striped socks.Y
Uplyme MorrisCotswoldMen's Cotswold side from Uplyme, Devon. White shirt and trousers, green + white baldric, black top hat.Y
WhitethornNorth WestLadies North West morris team from Harrow. Blue dress and mill girl's hat, red apron.YY
Wild ThymeBorderInstant Border morris team. They provide the tatter jackets and sticks. You provide the body. No experience required. 5pm Saturday, Crown Mead.Y
Wimborne First SchoolCountry DanceThe children from Wimborne First School will be performing their own special folk dance.Y
Yetminster IrishIrishYoung Irish dancers from Yetminster. Dresses have long sleeves and are very short in length, with lovely Celtic embroidery.YY
Zdravets Bulgarian Folk Dance Group based in Portsmouth. White shirts/blouses featuring tradional embroidery designs. Traditional skirtsY