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Morris Dancers Celebrate a Day of Dance in Portsmouth

Published: 10th July 2018 21:11

 Victory Morris dancers in Palmerston Road in 1976

This summer Portsmouth celebrates the ancient English tradition of Morris dancing with “A Day of Dance” on Saturday 14 July 2018. Other traditional dance sides from Europe will also be in attendance.

For one day only, various locations across the city will play host to 20 “sides” of visiting dancers from across the south of England and Slovakia, in what promises to be a colourful and family-fun live musical spectacle.

The day kicks off at 10:45 on “The Hard”  showcasing the wide variations of costume, dance styles grouped within the name “Morris Dancing”.

 In addition to the classic stick and hanky dances associated with Cotswold style morris, groups will be performing Border style, with masked faces and cloth tatter coats. There will be “North West” style dancing which  originated  from Lancashire, along with dancers from Slovakia and Scotland.

 Mark Taylor of local Portsmouth morris side, Victory Morris, and organiser of “A Day of Dance” comments, “We’re really excited about bringing Morris to the masses.  This is the sixth year we have held this event, there will be more morris dancers in the city than you can point a large stick at.   It promises to be a great family day out, with a colourful host of culture and music to take in.”

Twenty Four  visiting dance groups will be performing around Portsmouth throughout the day.


10.45 - 11:30 The Hard, Portsmouth
12:00 - 12:45 Gosport
14:45 - 17:00 Old Portsmouth

From 5.15pm there will be a mass dance in front of the Hot Walls Studios between the Square Tower and the Round Tower.

From 5.30pm onwards, many of the dancers and musicians will retire to the “Barley Mow” in Castle Road, Southsea for an evening of traditional singing and music.

Victory Morris dancers was formed in 1975. After practising during the winter of 1975/76 the first public performances took place on May Day 1976. For more information, visit http://www.victorymorrismen.org.uk/.
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