Morris dancing is a traditional English street dance celebrating life, fertility, seasonal rites and agricultural cycles.
The dance takes many forms – from the wild stick clashing and painted faces of the Welsh border region, to the bells, hankies, flowers and manners of the Cotswolds, and the measured pace and intricate figures of Yorkshire longsword – each village has its own costume and dance styles. Always practiced with live folk music and plenty of beer, morris dancing is a relaxed way to meet people, keep fit and ward off evil spirits.
The Surly Griffins uphold morris traditions across the capital region, including dancing the sun up at dawn on May morning on Mount Ainslie and wassailing the apple trees at Reidsdale in mid-winter. If you are of anglo-celtic origins – this is your indigenous dance.