Morris dancing is a great way to learn a new skill, get a bit of exercise, meet some interesting people, as well as learning about England’s culture and history. It also gets you out & about around London, and to far-flung villages & towns across the country that you wouldn’t normally think of visiting.
The Westminster Morris Men are always looking for new dancers (and musicians!) to join the team – if you’ve danced in the past and fancy getting back into it, or have just seen dancing somewhere and would like to give it a try (it’s not necessarily as difficult as it looks) then why not use the form below to get in touch with us, and we can get you along to practice to get started!
We practice at our hall (in Westminster) from September through to May, on Wednesday nights (except for over Christmas/New Year). No dancing experience required.
Proudly carrying on the English tradition of Morris Dancing in the heart of London – the Westminster Morris Men are a mens’ morris team, with a history going back to 1952 (although morris dancing itself is much, much older than that).
We perform dances from a number of the Cotswold village traditions, including Longborough, Fieldtown, Headington Quarry, Sherborne, Bampton, Ilmington, Adderbury, and Badby. Each dance has its distinctive features, as well as sharing similarities & structural elements with other dances.
The group is a diverse mix of ages, backgrounds and – latterly – nationalities: we’ve got English mechanics, Scots bus conductors, American IT guys, Australian whisky experts, engravers, salesmen, and all sorts besides. It’s an eclectic group who all share the common interest of performing for audiences around the country and sharing the fellowship of the morris.
Scan of article in The Times by Debra Craine, featuring a picture of our Colin III.
ITN Productions were onsite at the Westminster Day of Dance in 2010 to capture a few moments:
There was much interest in morris dancing to accompany the release of UK comedy film “Morris: A Life With Bells On”. To accompany its Leicester Square premiere, we were visited at practice by Chaz Oldham and Lucy Akers for London Tonight (ITV).
Blogger, author & expat Mitzi Szereto met us on our Baker Street Tour, and filmed this documentary piece – in which, among other things, she uncovers just how many IT workers do morris dancing.
In the leadup to our 2009 Day of Dance, one of our men (Jason B. Standing) was interviewed by London-centric news website, Londonist.
Following the press release by The Morris Ring that morris was in danger of becoming extinct, our foreman David Seaborne was invited in to The Guardian office to talk to them a little about morris dancing:
And also give a little demonstration of some of the moves: