November 01, 2019 1 min read
We looked out the window the other day and saw a mass of color and people having a great time dancing on the dock at the edge of the river. This was not to be missed, Jill ran out of the store with her camera flying behind her.
A group of people following the English Morris tradition to learn, preserve and perform long-sword, clog and garland dancing. The dances are traditional with much history and some are the dancer's own creations.
Some of the dances date back to the 1500's, the roots maybe going back to pre-Christian ritual. Many inspired by the change of seasons, planting and harvesting.
Clogs are worn for the Northwest Clog style of Morris Dance. The clogs are from Manchester, England and made by the dancers sending a tracing of their feet.
The musicians add their touch with English folk tunes played on button accordion, drum, fiddle, penny whistle and sometimes a tuba!
The Mystic Garland Dancers often join other teams and perform at events around the area. Contact them if you want to join as a dancer or hire them to dance at your event.